Reports on Energy

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Energy. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit www.PolicyArchive.org. Full archive coming soon.

Accidents Waiting to Happen: Coal Ash Ponds Put Our Waterways at Risk

When coal-fired power plants burn coal, they leave behind toxic ash waste. Often, this ash waste is stored in uncovered ponds that are susceptible to leaks and spills. An analysis of the nation's coal ash ponds finds that many lie on the banks of vulnerable waterways, and pose critical threats to the environment and public health.

(April 2018)
Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Shining Cities 2018 ranks the largest U.S. cities by installed solar PV capacity and shows that effective public policies – more than the availability of sunlight – determine which cities have the most solar energy capacity installed. Even the top cities still have vast amounts of untapped solar energy potential, but fossil fuel interests and some utilities are working to slow solar energy’s rapid growth.

(April 2018)
Wind Power to Spare: The Enormous Energy Potential of Atlantic Offshore Wind

The Atlantic coast states are dependent on fossil fuels, which pollute our air, put our health at risk, and contribute to global warming. To achieve a truly clean energy system, Atlantic states – which account for more than a quarter of the nation’s energy use – will need to tap into a massive clean energy resource that is right in our back yard. The wind blowing over the Atlantic ocean is just such a resource. With enough wind energy resources to generate four times the amount of electricity the region currently consumes, offshore wind can help power the Atlantic coast with clean energy. 

(March 2018)
Cooler Together: The Benefits of Cooperative Action Against Global Warming in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Beyond

America and the world need to take urgent action to reduce the dangers posed by global warming. As the Trump administration steps back from global leadership, states are picking up the torch of climate action. Nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have pioneered an effective, bipartisan model for cutting carbon pollution from power plants - one that can serve as a model for other states and regions to follow.

(February 2018)
Road to a Fossil Free Washington: How Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Can Repower Washington State

Today, Washington’s transportation system is powered almost entirely by fossil fuels, a dependence that pollutes the air and water, and contributes to global warming. Road to a Fossil Free Future finds that Washington has the wind and solar resources to meet all of its energy needs - while also powering an electrified, emission-free transportation system in which Washington's existing vehicle fleet is fully replaced with electric cars, trucks and buses. 

(February 2018)
Making Sense of Energy Storage: How Storage Technologies Can Support a Renewable Future

Energy storage technologies can be an important part of our electric grid of the future, helping to assure reliable access to electricity while supporting America’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. To get the most benefit out of energy storage, however, policy-makers and the general public need to understand how energy storage works, where and when it is necessary, and how to structure public policy to support the appropriate introduction of energy storage.

(January 2018)
Blocking the Sun: Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power - 2017 Edition

Solar energy is booming in the United States. Blocking the Sun finds that behind the scenes, however, electric utilities, fossil fuel interests and powerful industry front groups are chipping away at the key policies that have put solar energy on the map – often in the face of strong objections from a supportive public.

(November 2017)
Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools for Moving Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy

Environment America designed a series of 10 fact sheets as a resource for students, faculty and administrators interested in moving their campus toward sustainability. The fact sheets have been crafted to illustrate the importance, challenges and opportunities of 10 important and distinct tools associated with building a 100 percent clean, renewable energy system. Each fact sheet includes two case studies of effective action on college campuses, as well as a list of resources. 

(October 2017)
Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future

Renewables on the Rise asseses the growth of five key clean energy technologies over the last decade, and finds that clean energy is sweeping across America - and is poised for further dramatic growth in the years ahead. 

(July 2017)
Our Health At Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air?

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

(April 2017)
Shining Cities 2017: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar energy is booming in America and cities are leading the way. This development is happening the fastest, not necessarily in cities with the most sunlight, but in those with the strongest local and state policies to support this growth. Shining Cities 2017 is the fourth edition in our series ranking America’s largest cities by total and per capita installed solar PV capacity.

(April 2017)
Doubling Down on Climate Progress: The Benefits of a Stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first multi-state climate policy to cut dangerous carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and generate revenue to fund clean energy programs. Doubling Down on Climate Progress finds that, as good as the program is, we can make it better. Doubling the strength of RGGI would result in big benefits: fewer emissions, improved air quality and more funding for renewable energy projects. 

(March 2017)
Fracking Failures 2017: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania

Even when drillers follow all the rules, fracking is a dirty and dangerous activity. Yet drilling companies also regularly violate laws and regulations meant to protect the environment and the public, magnifying the risk to our health and environment. In Pennsylvania, fracking companies violate environmental or public health laws on virtually a daily basis. In the last eight years, fracking companies together committed a combined total of 4,351 violations, or an average of 1.4 violations per day. Despite the number of violations resulting from fracking operations across Pennsylvania—and the ensuing pollution, workplace accidents and threats to public health—enforcement has lagged far behind the level necessary to deter companies from breaking the rules.

(March 2017)
Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus

America’s institutions of higher education can play a crucial role in the fight to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Colleges and universities across the country should aggressively deploy clean energy on campus, setting a goal of getting 100 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources.

(March 2017)
Blocking the Sun: Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power - 2016 Edition

Behind the scenes, electric utilities, fossil fuel interests and powerful industry front groups have begun chipping away at the key policies that have put solar energy on the map in the United States – often in the face of strong objections from a supportive public.

(December 2016)

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