Energy 101

Energy Technology and Policy

Michael E. Webber • The University of Texas at Austin

Energy is everywhere.

Energy 101 teaches energy literacy for the 21st century and beyond.

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Why study energy?

Energy literacy affects everything from our utility bills, to our government, to the future of our economy. Energy literacy affects public perception of energy topics and can shape the outcome of elections, business deals and consumer behaviors. In order to have a country full of informed citizens and empowered consumers–as well as successful students–we must address the lack of energy literacy as a matter of urgency in both formal and informal learning environments.
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Get a working knowledge of core energy concepts.

Energy 101 creates energy experts who can see beyond the noise of modern energy discussions and deploy a working knowledge of core energy concepts in their roles as confident professionals, resourceful students, and empowered citizen-consumers.
Energy 101 teaches you the way you learn. You already learn through assimilating information from online search, streaming videos and experiencing interactive content in real-time. Energy 101 has curated this experience in the domain of energy and presents content through integrated video, graphics, animation, and text.
Energy 101 has flexible and intuitive navigation. Whether you’re a high school student, college student, or energy professional, Energy 101 will get you to the most relevant content quickly through its web-based navigation – without having to consult an index in a 600-page text.
Energy 101 is broad enough to support learning across multiple disciplines. With 32 chapters of content spread across 8 core sections covering the history of energy, its uses, and its impact on society, there is something of value to all students of energy, technology or policy.
Energy 101 is mobile and responsive like your life. Because Energy 101 is delivered through a web application, it is available on any browser-enabled device and can therefore be accessed on-demand from anywhere in your world. If you have your smartphone, you have Energy 101.

Why Choose Energy 101?

Energy 101 provides budget-friendly access to powerful energy data to support research, writing and study habits in a variety of academic settings. By the end of this text, you will learn the vocabulary, history, resources, technology, and crosscutting social, political, and economic factors associated with global energy trends. With energy fluency, you will be able to think more critically about global energy issues.

Comprehensive Content

Contains 32 chapters in 8 sections covering energy from the basics, its uses, and its impact on society.

Interactive Charts

More than 300 charts and graphs leverage interactive features, helping you explore and better understand the data.

Responsive Design

Energy 101 integrates facts, tables, video, interactive graphics, and animation, all in a responsive, easy-to-read site.

Cross-Cutting Approach

Education for fluency in the technologies, fuels, environmental impacts, policies, and interdisciplinary factors of energy.

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Energy 101 in the Classroom

Energy 101 is a budget-friendly alternative to a printed textbook. Students can purchase their own semester-long access, or save up to 40% per seat when your organization purchases a site license. Plus, as an instructor you get access to our powerful group management tools that allow you track student progress through the course.
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Ways to get Energy 101.

Energy 101 is a digital academic resource that uses dynamic web pages to explore core energy topics. After completing an online exam at the end of you course, you may receive a Certificate of Completion.

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  • Expires 6 months after purchase
  • Access to full course and quizzes
  • Access to energy calculators

Two-Year License


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  • Expires 24 months after purchase
  • Ideal for professionals and self-paced learners
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