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Information about renewable energy sources, including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind.
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  • REN21
    REN21 is a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy.
  • US DOE Energy Information Administration
    This is the most authoritative site for statistics about US energy consumption, production, historical data, and short-term and long-term energy forecasts. See the renewable energy section for information about the renewable energy industry.
  • US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    This is a federal laboratory that is dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
  • US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    EERE invests in clean energy technologies to develop clean energy technologies to reduce carbon emissions and create energy jobs.
  • Clean Edge
    Clean Edge, Inc. is the world's first research and publishing firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. Come here to find financial information -- see what energy programs are being funded, and what sources are doing the funding!
  • Database for Incentives for Renewable Energy
    One of the most important drivers of renewable energy development in the US is tax relief, state and federal mandates, and other policy incentives. This website keeps track of the many incentives in place in each state.
  • EnergySavers
    Use this website to find out which appliances, lighting options, heating and cooling, designing and remodeling options are most energy efficient.


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The US Energy Information Agency defines renewable energy sources as those that can be replenished.

Each tab of this guide presents ways to find information about the following five renewable sources:

  • Biomass—including wood and wood waste, municipal solid waste, landfill gas, and biogas, ethanol, and biodiesel
  • Geothermal—capturing the earth's heat to create generate power, and create heating and cooling systems
  • Hydropower—using the force of flowing water to generate eletricity
  • Solar—using the sun's energy for electricity generation, heating water and solar cooling
  • Wind—using the earth's wind currents to generate electricity


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Renewable Energy? Alternative Energy? Sustainable Energy? Clean Energy?

Each term has a slightly different meaning, and each will give you some great results. Some of the Library of Congress subject headings for renewable energy sources are listed below:

Renewable Energy                                      General Energy
solar energy energy consumption
photovoltaic power generation energy development
wind power energy policy
biomass energy power resources
hydrogen as fuel
hydroelectric power plants


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Sometimes you can find the best books by going straight to the library shelves. Browse these areas at Doyle and Mahoney libraries:


GF 1-125  Human Ecology, Human Influences on the Environment
HD 9502 Energy Industries, Energy Policy, Fuel Trade
TJ 100 - 900 Renewable Energy
TK 1001 - 1841     Power Plants
TP 248 Biotechnology



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Alternative Energy
Call Number: Mahoney Library
ISBN: 9780071794336
Publication Date: 2012
If you think a Maglev train is a child's toy, or learning about fusion makes your brain reach critical mass, Alternative Energy Demystified will power up your knowledge of this topics fundamental concepts and theories at your own pace.

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Power Plays
Call Number: Doyle Library: TJ163.2 .R358 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Many people wonder: Are we really running out of oil, or is it all a ruse to drive prices up? Is nuclear power safe and economical? Is solar energy really the key to providing plenty of carbon-free energy? Do we have enough natural gas or coal to make any loss of oil production irrelevant? The author helps readers sort through energy hype, doom and gloom, and misinformation to understand what really matters in energy, and how it impacts individuals, investors, businesspeople, and policy makers worldwide.

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The Science of Renewable Energy
Call Number: Doyle Library: TJ808 .S685 2011
Publication Date: 2011
The Science of Renewable Energy presents a no-nonsense discussion of the importance of renewable energy, while adhering to scientific principles, models, and observations. The text includes in-depth discussions of emerging technologies, including biomass and fuel cells, and major sources of renewable energy, such as ocean, hydro, solar, and wind energy.

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Energy for a Sustainable World
Call Number: Doyle Library: TJ163.2 .A763 2011
Publication Date: 2011
An easy read, balancing the pros and cons, this book surveys the energy issue from a broad scientific perspective while considering environmental, economic, and social factors. It explains the basic concepts, provides a historical overview and accurately assesses our current energy system based on fossil fuels, while outlining the alternatives for today and the future, including nuclear fusion and fission, solar energy and other renewables.


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This encyclopedia will introduce you to issues surrounding current energy sources and alternative energy options.

Alternative Energy

It's an e-book! Click on the cover or here to dive in!

Inside: information about wind and solar energy, fuel cells, hydropower, geothermal power and biomass energy. In addition, more theoretical alternative energy sources are also explored, including cold fusion, zero point energy and universal forces. Entries discuss the science behind the energy source, notable scientists and scientific discoveries, current examples of use, and the issues, challenges and obstacles to large-scale use.



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