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Resources on energy, renewable energy sources and energy conservation, especially in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Selected Books

Ayres, Robert U. and Edward H. Ayres
Crossing the Energy Divide: Moving from Fossil Fuel Dependence to a Clean-Energy Future
HD9502.U52 A97 2009x
Robert Ayres a leading expert in energy and environmental economics, shows how massive improvements in energy efficiency can bridge the global economy until the time that clean renewables can fully take over.
Carson, Iain and Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Zoom: The Global Race To Fuel The Car Of The Future
HD9710.A2 C27 2007
The auto and oil industries are at a crossroads where financial and geopolitical troubles will force them to change. Two industry experts at "The Economist" describe why and how this is going to happen.
Michael Logan, book editor
TN800.C63 2008
An Opposing Viewpoints book
Deffeyes, Kenneth S.
Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak
TJ808.D44 2005x
With world oil production peaking and inexorably heading toward steep decline (according to M. King Hubbert), what alternative fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands? Kenneth S. Deffeyes, a geologist, includes chapters on natural gas, coal, tar sands and heavy oil, oil shale, uranium, and hydrogen.
Freeman, S. David
Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How
TJ808.F74 2007
Freeman explains how the sun, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen resources we have right now can be the fuels that solve energy issues and create a sustainable future for our planet.
Goodell, Jeff
Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
TN805.A5 G665 2006
Despite a century-long legacy that has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, coal has become hot again and its use advocated by mining and utility companies.
Hallett, Steve with John Wright
Life Without Oil: Why We Must Shift to a New Energy Future
HD9502.A2 H2425 2011
Hallett contends that oil and natural gas supplies will wane by the end of the century and that society has failed to see this problem and act on it. He describes the history of the world in terms of energy use, how the petroleum interval of the last century fits into larger civilization, and how the rise of civilizations has been a story of human access to increasingly powerful sources of energy and that problems with access to energy have led to societal collapse.
Hasegawa, Yozo
Clean Car Wars: How Honda and Toyota are winning the battle of the eco-friendly autos
TL216.5.H3713 2008x
Clean Car Wars is a collection of articles by Japanese journalist Yozo Hasegawa in which he traces the success of Toyota and Honda in producing eco-friendly cars that run on less energy.
Kelley, Ingrid
Energy in America: A Tour of Our Fossil Fuel Culture and Beyond
TP317.U5 K45 2008
This is an introductory book for those wanting to learn more about our existing energy infrastructure, relying on coal, oil, and gas and the pollutants they emit; and alternative sources of energy.
Klare, Michael T., 1942-
Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics Of Energy
HD9502.A2 K524 2008
Michael Klare, an expert on resource geopolitics, envisions Russia as the new power broker of Eurasian energy and the United States as a competitor for these resources along with China and India.
Kryza, Frank
The Power Of Light: The Epic Story Of Man's Quest To Harness The Sun
TJ810.K79 2003x
An original investigation into the social and technological history of solar power.
McNerney, Gerald, Martin Cheek and Jerry McNerney
Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels
TJ163.25.U6 M467 2012
McNerney was a consultant for power companies before being elected to the US House of Representative from California, and Cheek is a journalist specializing in science and technology. They make a case for immediate and massive public investment in alternative sources of energy.
Moroney, John R.
Power Struggle: World Energy in the Twenty-First Century
TD888.P67 M66 2008
Fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, and coal) today account for 88 percent of world energy and Moroney maintains that they will continue to dominate world energy for the next half-century. The technology is at hand to deal with the carbon emissions of these fuel plants: to capture and store them, permanently and harmlessly, in geological traps and the deep ocean, instead of releasing them into the atmosphere.
Rossi, Carlos A.
The Completion of the Oil Era: The Economic Impact
Rossi investigates how much conventional and non-conventional oil is left in the world in quantitative terms and then examines how long it will take to develop renewable energy sources.
Sherman, Jill
Oil and Energy Alternatives
HD9565.S444 2009
This book gives readers a balanced look at the issue of oil and energy alternatives and its surrounding arguments.


Burning the Future: Coal in America
(DVD) TD195.C58 B87 2009x
Examines the effects of coal mining on the environment in West Virginia and the groundswell of conflict that has arisen between the citizens and the coal industry.
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
(DVD) HD9560.5.C783 2007x
Presents arguments by various experts based on the idea that the growing scarcity of oil will lead to worldwide economic collapse.
Energy Crossroads
(DVD) HD9502.A2 E543665 2007x
Examines current energy consumption patterns. Discusses the need for energy policy that favors renewable resources.

Pittsburgh Region

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  • Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
    Information about the deregulation of electricity, the deregulation of gas, universal service discount program for schools and libraries (telecommunications), water and sewage companies.
    • PA Gas Switch
      This website from the PA PUC helps you shop for natural gas by finding and comparing rates and services in your area.
    • PA Power Switch
      This website from the PA PUC helps you shop for electricity by finding and comparing rates and services in your area.
  • PA Sunshine Solar Program
    The Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program will provide $100 million in rebates to help fund solar electric (solar photovoltaic, or PV) and solar hot water (solar thermal) projects for homeowners and small businesses in Pennsylvania. The PA Sunshine Program is, as of Jan. 24, 2013 out of the Waiting List phase (since August 2011) and back in an active rebate mode.
  • Choose PA Wind
    "By buying Pennsylvania generated wind for your home you are helping to secure a greener future for generations to come. In 2009, Pennsylvania was the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the US1 and by purchasing PA wind power you can help reduce Pennsylvania's carbon footprint."
  • Community Energy
    Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) was founded in the fall of 1999, with the backing of several environmental groups, to develop and market clean, renewable electricity. CEI only sells new renewable energy, produced with no fuel and no pollution.
  • Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA)
    a nonprofit organization, dedicated to informing and educating the public on renewable energy production, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through meetings, workshops, educational materials, and energy fairs. They publish Pennsylvania Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Electricity.

  • NEWBio: Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium
    Led by Penn State University, the Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of universities, businesses, and governmental organizations dedicated to building robust, scalable, and sustainable value chains for biomass energy in the Northeast (NE). The food vs. fuel debate and the rising corn prices are driving the shift away from ethanol made from corn to developing second generation fuels from other biomass such as switchgrass and shrub willow.

Web Sites

  • ACEEE Consumer Resources
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) offers a "Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings" and
  • American Petroleum Institute
    The API represents the American petroleum and gas industry and so is not a conservation group. It is, however, a source of recent news in the industry and of the industry's response to environmental concerns.
  • American Wind Energy Association
    AWEA is a national trade association that represents the wind power industry.
  • CASEnergy
    Clean and Safe Energy is a coalition advocating the use of nuclear energy. Their website has statistics on the type of energy used in each state. Nuclear energy makes up 35% of Pennsylvania's energy (coal: 55.7%).
  • EIA: (U.S.) Energy Information Administration
    Check here for information, news and maps of various energy sources.
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
    A website from the US Department of Energy
  • Energy in Depth (EID)
    Energy in Depth is a website produced by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) which represents and lobbies for oil and gas producers. "Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base."
  • Energy Star
    ENERGY STAR was introduced by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy in 1996 to promote the ENERGY STAR label, with each agency taking responsibility for particular product categories. ENERGY STAR has expanded to cover new homes, most of the buildings sector, residential heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, office equipment, lighting, consumer electronics, and more product areas.
    Green-e is a voluntary certification program for renewable electricity products. The Green-e Program sets consumer protection and environmental standards for electricity products, and verifies that Green-e certified products meet these standards. Electricity products that meet the Green-e Standard for environmental excellence are denoted by the Green-e logo. It is administered by the Center for Resource Solutions.
  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council
    "A non-profit organization committed to accelerating the sustainable utilization of renewable energy resources and technologies in and through state, local government, and community activities."
  • NRDC: Clean Air & Energy
    From the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Power Scorecard
    The Power Scorecard is a rating mechanism that assesses the environmental impact of different types of electric generation. It was produced by a group of six nationally recognized environmental organizations: Environmental Defense, the Izaak Walton League, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the NW Energy Coalition, the Pace Energy Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The website was created by the Pace Law School Energy Project, part of the Pace University School of Law's Center for Environmental Legal Studies, located in White Plains, New York.
  • ReVolt: The Worldwatch Institute's Climate and Energy Blog
    Explores strategies for low-carbon development around the world, and reports on the latest revolutions in energy production and consumption.
  • SunShot Initiative
    The DOE SunShot Initiative (formerly the Solar America Initiative) is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists: Clean Energy
    Offers publications on Clean Energy and Clean Vehicles.


  • Ban the Bulb
    An international campaign to save money and help the environment by using energy efficient light bulbs.
  • World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE)
    WADE envisions a transition from the traditional central model of energy generation based on large, relatively inefficient and remote generating plants to a more modern system - one based on a hybrid of decentralized and centralized models with open and fair competition between generation sources. Check their collection of links for additional resources in power generation.
  • World Energy Council (WEC)
    The leading global multi-energy organization with committees and activities in approximately 100 countries whose mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of all forms of energy for the greatest benefit of all.

Last updated Wednesday January 30 2013.