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Non-Renewable Energy Innovation: Research to Support the Appalachian Energy Initiative
September 2006
Global Insight, Inc.
This report analyzes non-renewable energy opportunities in Appalachia, including clean-coal generation and coal conversion to liquids, gases, and chemicals.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (748 KB)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Appalachia: Policy and Potential
August 2006
Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research
This report analyzes the distribution of renewable energy resources across the Region, and the variety of programs and policies in each state and how these policies might maximize the use of the most abundant resources.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3.4 MB)
Summary of National and State Energy Policy Trends
August 2006
The Keystone Center
This report details how national and state level energy policies have focused on ensuring energy reliability and affordability, and advancing energy independence by reducing dependence on foreign energy sources.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (809 KB)
Summary of the ARC-ORCAS Energy Workshops on Creating an Energy Blueprint for Appalachia
August 2006
Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies
This report summarizes overall findings from three ARC energy workshops, provides recommendations for the Energy Blueprint’s development and implementation by the ARC.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (767 KB)
Energy Efficiency in Appalachia: How Much More is Available, at What Cost, and by When?
March 2009
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
This study assesses the long-term energy-efficiency gains that could be achieved by implementing an ambitious package of energy-efficiency policies throughout Appalachia.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2.7 MB)
Planning and Financing Energy Efficient Infrastructure in Appalachia
December 2011
The Cadmus Group, Inc., with academic partners West Virginia University Regional Research Institute, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
This study describes the benefits of capturing energy efficiency in public infrastructure, identifies best practices in energy conservation being implemented by communities in or near the Appalachian Region, and documents costs and financial returns.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2 MB)
A Study on the Current Economic Impacts of the Appalachian Coal Industry and its Future in the Region
March 2001
Berger, Mark and Eric Thompson
University of Kentucky
This study found that, for the 118 Appalachian coal-producing counties, the total economic impact of the coal mining industry output–including the multiplier effect–was $18.4 billion in 1997.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3.5 MB)
Comparing Electricity Deregulation in California and Pennsylvania: Implications for the Appalachian Region
January 2002
Considine, Tim and Andy Kleit
Pennsylvania State University
This study offers a primer on electricity deregulation for state policy makers and citizens in the Appalachian Region.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (800 KB)
Economic Development Potential of Conventional and Potential Alternative Energy Sources in Appalachian Counties
June 2006
Glasmeier, Amy and Tom Bell
Pennsylvania State University
This report examines the economic development potential of energy resources in Appalachia.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (4.7 MB)
Energizing Appalachia: Global Challenges and the Prospect of a Renewable Future
September 2007
Glasmeier, Amy, Ron Feingold, Amanda Guers, Gillian Hay, Teresa Lawler, Alissa Meyer, Ratchan Sangpenchan, Matthew Stern, Wesley Stroh, Polycarp Tam, Ricardo Torres, Romare Truly, and Amy Welch
Pennsylvania State University Department of Geography
This report investigates the status and behavior of the wind, solar and biomass industries in order to better understand how domestically based manufacturers might best engage this sector.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (3 MB)
Energy Workforce Trends and Training Needs in Appalachia
December 2011
Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., with Penn State University
This study uses national data to project future supply and demand for occupations associated with the energy industry in Appalachia, and the number of people enrolled in and graduating from programs in the Region’s institutions of higher education.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (5.1 MB)
Green Schools and Sustainability in Appalachia: Case Studies in Rural Practice
March 2011
Rosenfeld, Stuart; Broun, Dan; Beacham, Chris; Bryant, Jenna; Archer-Rosenthal, Dana; Baker, Rose; Passmore, David; Riley, Dave; Liston, Cynthia
Regional Technology Strategies
This report highlights preliminary findings from the study "Energy Workforce Trends and Training Requirements", including case studies of college and university energy programs.
Abstract & Report Contents Report in PDF (2.0 MB)
Industry Structure and Company Strategies of Major Domestic and Foreign Wind and Solar Energy Manufacturers: Opportunities for Supply Chain Development in Appalachia
November 2009
Susman, G.I., and Glasmeier, A.K.
This report presents results from a study of the status of the solar- and wind-energy industries in the Appalachian Region and the challenges firms and state governments face in preparing for and competing in these rapidly emerging industries.
Abstract & Report Contents Full Report in PDF (2.4 MB)