Energy literacy for the 21st century and beyond


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With 32 chapters across 8 sections, Energy 101 explores the gamut of technologies, policies, uses, and impacts of energy on the world today.

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.

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.
Comprehensive Content

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

Interactive Charts

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

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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.


Why is energy literacy so important?

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. Educators at all levels and leaders of companies involved with the energy industry need a resource that’s both budget-conscious and comprehensive. When developed successfully, energy literacy can heighten engagement in key STEM subjects, providing real-world applications and context to lessons across academic disciplines and areas of industry.

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  • 65% say energy issues are important to them

  • 58% think the portion of their household budget spent on energy will increase

  • 35% think we are headed in the right direction regarding the energy issues our nation faces

About the Author

Dr. Michael E. Webber
Dr. Michael E. Webber
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education at the intersection of engineering, policy, and commercialization. Webber is also the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company headquartered in Paris, France.


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Access to Energy 101 for students and teachers at public schools in the state of Texas is provided by the generous support of the State Energy Conservation Office.