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Sustainability Resources for Faculty and Students: Energy


Open Education Resources (OERs) & Open Access (OA)

Advanced Energy Storage Technologies and Their Applications (AESA) (MERLOT), licensed under CC BY NC-ND.

Advances In Hydrogen Generation Technologies (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Alcohol Fuels (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Alternative Fuels (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Application of Solar Energy (MERLOT) (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Bioethanol: Science and technology of fuel alcohol (MERLOT) *NOTE: Free for students. Others can read free for 30 days. Join for $5.99 per month.

Biofuels (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Biogas (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Biomass for Bioenergy (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Biorefinery Concepts, Energy and Products (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Bioeconomy (MERLOT), licensed under CC BY .

Direct Energy Conversion (MERLOT),  licensed under CC BY NC.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Lighting (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Energy Management for Sustainable Development (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Forest Biomass (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Sustainable Energy (MERLOT) open textbook.

Sustainable Energy: Can Water be the Future Fuel? (OER Commons) lecture licensed under CC BY NC SA.

Wind Power (IntechOpen) open textbook.

Wind Turbines (MERLOT) open textbook..

Web Resources

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Extensive information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them.  Includes Alternative Fuels Comparison Chart.  From the U.S. Department of Energy.

American Wind Energy Association

Includes links to annual market reports.

California Energy Commission

Find regulations, data, reports.

DOE (Department of Energy) Data Explorer

Find DOE-funded, publicly available, scientific data submitted by data centers, repositories, and other organizations funded by the Department.

DOE Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site promotes governmental green initiatives.


Open data platform providing access to datasets and data analytics that are relevant to the energy sector.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 

Information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy Technology Data Exchange World Energy Base (ETDEWEB)

ETDE's Energy Database is the largest collection of energy research and technology literature in the world.

Global Solar Atlas

Produced by the World Bank

Global Wind Atlas

Produced by the World Bank

Global Wind Energy Council

International trade association for the wind power industry. Publishes market intelligence and reports, including the Annual Global Wind Report.

IEA CO₂ Emissions from Fuel Combustion Statistics

Database from the OECD iLibrary.

International Energy Agency

Organization focused on energy security. Find policies, analyses, data.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Statistics on renewable energy capacity, power generation, and renewable energy balances.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Find reports as well as NREL-developed data sets, maps, models, and tools used for the analysis of energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Oak Ridge National Lab - Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate

Research and development - "translating science into solutions for the most critical problems facing society at the nexus of energy, environment, and security."


Wiki where users can view, edit, add, and download crowdsourced data with the goal of providing the most current information needed to make informed decisions on energy, market investment, and technology development.


Search tool for DOE science, technology, and engineering research and development results. Makes discoverable over 70 years of research results from DOE and its predecessor agencies.


Resource hub for energy policy issues across sectors and viewpoints - includes headlines, online library, events, and more.

SolarPower Guide 

Resources about renewable energy for young sustainability advocates.

World Energy Outlook

The International Energy Agency’s annual energy projections. In the OECD iLibrary (UCB access only).

UN Energy Statistics Database

Comprehensive energy statistics on the production, trade, conversion and final consumption of primary and secondary; conventional and non-conventional; and new and renewable sources of energy.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

An independent / impartial organization that provides a wide range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports, and prices; and prepares analyses and special reports. Open data plus tools like an API and embeddable charts.