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 10% of U.S. energy consumption and 15% 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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House chamber
(2018-07-10)
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)...
Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
(2016-10-27)
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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(2016-10-11)
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...
Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
(2016-10-11)
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...
Map of U.S. Geothermal Power Capacity. Image Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(2016-09-28)
#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 http://bit.ly/1BnlUkJ. If you're interested in learning more about the cutting edge...
U.S. Capitol
(2016-08-25)
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...
Interactive map of renewable energy resources in Nevada
(2016-08-22)
The Critical Issues Program #MapOfTheDay! Nevada's renewable energy resources all in one interactive map: http://bit.ly/2aRi6BN 
Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
(2016-07-28)
July 13, 2016 The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing to discuss the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (H.R.2663), a bipartisan bill with 67 cosponsors that was introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in 2015. If enacted, H.R.2663 would...
Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
(2016-07-28)
July 11, 2016 The Solar Fuels Innovation Act (H.R.5638) and the Electricity Storage Innovation Act (H.R.5640) passed the House by voice vote this July. The bills, which require the Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out two new basic research initiatives, received bipartisan support. The two...
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(2016-06-15)
June 8, 2016 Inspired by recent milestones in domestic offshore wind energy and persistently low oil and gas prices, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW 2016) included a panel on potential changes to U.S. offshore energy portfolios. The panel, moderated by E&ETV’s managing editor Monica Trauzzi,...

Geological Surveys Database Publications

2006, Utah Geological Survey

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2014, Washington Geological Survey

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2014, United States Geological Survey
Lithium, which has the chemical symbol Li and an atomic number of 3, is the first metal in the periodic table. Lithium has many uses, the most prominent being in batteries for cell phones, laptops, and electric and hybrid vehicles. Worldwide sources of lithium are broken down by ore-deposit type as...
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2003, United States Geological Survey

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2006, Colorado Geological Survey
Describes exploration, development and production activity of the gas and oil, coal, and mineral industries of the state in 2005. The report also includes information on the economic impact of these industries on the state. 57 pages 69 figures 14 tables. Digital file available as a download. IS-73D.
2005, Colorado Geological Survey
Describes exploration, development and production activity of the gas and oil, coal, and mineral industries in the state of Colorado in 2004. The report also includes information on the economic impact of these industries across the state. 42 pages, 53 figures, 12 tables. Digital PDF download. IS-...
2005, Oklahoma Geological Survey

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2000, Kansas Geological Survey
This report will examine the history, current status, and future of energy in Kansas. Total energy consumption continues to grow in Kansas. However, Kansas is more energy efficient than 20 years ago. In 1998, 70% less energy was required per dollar of gross state product than it was in 1977. Growth...