Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index

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The Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index is an index measuring American energy independence.[1][2] The Index describes the amount of energy produced in America versus the total energy consumption in America.[1] On a scale of 1 to 100, 1 represents total dependence and 100 represents total independence.[1] In 2012, the Index was 74.[3] Regional figures are produced, and historical figures have been developed back to 1949.[1] The Index showed that by 2012, American energy independence had decreased by 22% since the tenure of President Harry Truman.[4]

The Index is authored by Professors Leslie Dunn and Robert Dunn, of the Washington & Jefferson College Department of Economics and Business.[5][6] The Index utilizes publicly available energy data, analyzed with a proprietary algorithm.[7] Additionally, the energy index has also been used to analyze more local energy use, including Washington & Jefferson College energy use in dormitories from 2001-2012.[8]

The index is reproduced as an infographic by the Associated Press for national distribution.[9]

The Index was unveiled in 2012's W&J Energy Summit, with Susan Eisenhower, of the The Eisenhower Institute, and journalist Eleanor Clift leading the discussions.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Energy Index". Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Karlovitz, Bob (February 23, 2013). "Washington & Jefferson College to offer stage for energy discussions". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Energy Index Infographic". Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Luna, Taryn (April 30, 2012). "W&J College index details U.S. energy consumption". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Leslie; Robert Dunn (February 27, 2012). "W&J Energy Index - U.S. Energy Overview and Index Technical Notes" (PDF). Washington & Jefferson College, Department of Economics and Business. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Reid, Robert (Summer 2012). "Professors Design Index to Measure Nation's Progress Toward Energy Index" (PDF). W&J Magazine. Washington & Jefferson College. p. 10. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stares, Diana. "The Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index" (PDF). Executive Summary. W&J Center for Energy Policy and Management. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "How Many College Students Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Electricity Usage in a Dorm Room 2001-2012" (Press release). Washington & Jefferson College. September 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Washington and Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management launches first-ever W&J Energy Index". Associated Press. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on December 16, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Eisenhower and Clift Headline first W&J Energy Summit" (PDF). W&J Magazine. Washington & Jefferson College. Summer 2012. p. 11. Retrieved December 16, 2012.