Energy for Keeps

An illustrated guide for everyone who uses electricity. From students to energy policymakers, it helps readers of all ages understand the energy issues that now loom large in our daily news. With clear language and engaging illustrations, this book covers all renewable energy sources, the science of electricity generation, energy history, environmental considerations, and energy conservation and efficiency.


"Written for an audience of middle and high schoolers, this informative, descriptive, and smartly illustrated book would be an ideal resource for a professional development seminar as well."
— National Science Teachers Association

"œYour book is a treasure. Scientifically accurate, clearly written, with inviting diagrams--all of which helps beginning learners, of all ages, build an understanding of electricity."
— Fran Barhydt, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Vermont Energy Education Program

"œAt long last, a crucial issue for the survival of our society -- electricity from renewable energy -- has received comprehensive and clear treatment."
— Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California, Emeritus

"œFor anyone looking for a resource book on renewable energy, look no more. Energy for Keeps is cleverly written and illustrated. With Ben Franklin as host, the journey is a historical, as well as scientific exploration of our energy options and their consequences."
— Susan T. Schleith, Education Coordinator, Florida Solar Energy Center




A Brief History of Energy

Energy and Electricity

Energy Sources for Electricity Generation

  • Renewables: Biomass, Geothermal, Hydropower, Ocean, Solar, Wind, Hydrogen
  • Non-renewable Energy Sources:  Fossil Fuels, Nuclear

Energy, Health and the Environment

Energy Management Strategies and Energy Policy

Extensive Appendix


2004 Innovation Award by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council

2006 Green Power Leadership Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions

For Teachers

selected-logoIf you are a teacher looking for activities for the classroom, visit You will find free downloadable information, student activities, and suggestions. The multi-disciplinary activities include earth science, environmental science, physical science, social studies, math, and language arts. Activities are inquiry-based and, together with the book, are correlated to content standards for California public schools, grades 6-8, and to National Science Standards.

Activities include:
Chapter 1 – The Energy Times
Chapter 2 – Going for a Spin: Making a Model Steam Turbine;
     Getting Current: Generating Electricity Using a Magnet
Chapter 3 – Watt's My Line?
Chapter 4 – Grime Scene Investigation
Chapter 5 – Renewable Energy Action Project: What's in Your Energy Portfolio?

Also download the Correlation Overviews for California Content Standards for grades 6-8, and National Science Content Standards matrix for grades 5-8. Correlations are in the areas of science, social studies, math, and language arts.

Author Team

Marilyn L. Nemzer, M.A., Executive Director of the Energy Education Group, the Geothermal Education Office and the Global Book Exchange, is the developer, co-author and editor of Energy for Keeps. Nemzer, with an early background in teaching and public education policy, has been collaboratively producing award-winning energy education projects and materials for 20 years. She serves on advisory boards of several state, national, and international organizations that focus on renewable energy and the environment and is a trustee of the Marin County Board of Education. More info at

Deborah S. Page, M.A., is a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and science educator with the Claremont Unified School District in California, and principal of Page One Productions. As a consummate researcher with abiding interest in environmental issue, Deborah has over a decade of experience writing reader-friendly semi-technical materials on renewable energy and energy conservation and has been an invited course developer and instructor at the Yellowstone Institute.

Anna K. Carter is a consultant who has worked in the renewable energy field for over 25 years, specializing in energy policy, regulatory compliance, project permitting, and public information. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and renewable energy public information presentation materials and served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Resources Council, a renewable energy educational organization with over 1100 US and International members.


Energy for Keeps: Creating Clean Electricity from Renewable Resources

Marilyn Nemzer, Deborah Page, Anna Carter

SALE $19.95

$24.95 paperback
ISBN 978-0-9744765-5-1
8 x 10, 192 pages
photos / illustrations
published in 2010 by
Energy Education Group

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