Renewable Energy

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Renewable energy comes from sources that are constantly replenished, like running water, the heat of the Earth, the Sun's light, or wind. Renewables account for around 11% of U.S. energy consumption and 17% of electricity production.


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Renewable energy comes from sources that can be replenished on a human timescale, like biomass, hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar power. Renewable energy technologies generally have fewer environmental and health impacts than non-renewables. Like all energy sources, each renewable energy technology has its own advantages and disadvantages.   Read more

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March 7, 2019 On March 7, the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee met to discuss the complex web of connections between the energy and water sectors, as well as the implications of this nexus for society and the economy. The committee heard from experts in...
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March 5, 2019 On March 5, the House passed the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2019 (H.R. 762), a bill that directs the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to provide a clearinghouse of information on programs and funding geared towards...
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February 8, 2019 On February 8, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a resolution proposing an economic stimulus program known as the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal resolution (H.Res. 109/S.Res. 59) calls for a complete overhaul of U.S....
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January 28, 2019 Throughout the month of January, several bills were introduced in the House relating to natural resource sustainability, especially at the energy-water nexus. On January 3, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) and Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) cosponsored the Energy and Water...
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June 26, 2018 The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing to discuss three separate wind energy bills on June 26. A draft bill called the National OCS Renewable Energy Leasing Program Act would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331)...
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October 12, 2016 The World Energy Council, a United Nations-accredited global energy consortium, released its 2016 World Energy Resources Report on October 12. Since its inception in 2010, the report has shown a global trend toward a more diversified global energy portfolio. The report provides a...
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September 14, 2016 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell approved Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) this September. DRECP is a coordinated effort between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and...
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September 8, 2016 House and Senate conferees for the Energy Policy Modernization Act met this September to discuss the progress they had made on reconciling the House (H.R. 8) and Senate (S. 2012) versions of the bill. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R - AK), author of the Senate version of the bill and...
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#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of geothermal power generation capacity in each U.S. state from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about the cutting edge...
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July 12, 2016 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill (S. 3169) that would authorize new basic energy research funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science programs by eliminating the long-standing wind production tax credit (PTC) that has helped to expand wind power...

Geological Surveys Database Publications

2011, Arizona Geological Survey
The project achieved its primary goals and milestones during FY2010, including completing contracts with 45 subcontractors representing geothermally-relevant data resources in all 50 states. Statements of Work for the first project year have been received, reviewed by the project Science Advisory...
2011, Arizona Geological Survey
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2012, Arizona Geological Survey
The project achieved its primary goals and milestones during FY2011, which included data retrieval from 44 subrecipients and providing an online, interoperable network serving geothermal relevant data. Nearly all subrecipients have completed at least one data set and submitted data into the network...
2013, Arizona Geological Survey
For the second year in a row, the project has received "good" or "outstanding" review comments during the annual sponsor peer review. Each reviewer scored the project as "outstanding" the highest possible mark for relevance and impact of research. Comments include...
2014, Arizona Geological Survey
For the third year in a row, the project received "good" or "outstanding" review comments during the annual sponsor peer review (scores for all elements were between 7 and 10 with the majority of scores as 8's and 9's). Progress this year has focused on data collection...
2016, Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial, and highly-regarded Surveys in the nation, with a growing portfolio of national and international programs and influence. AZGS scientists are internationally recognized leaders in cyberinfrastructure and data...
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2014, United States Geological Survey
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