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By National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on America's Energy Future

Energy construction and use contact our lives in numerous methods. we're reminded of the price of power whenever we refill on the gasoline pump, pay an electrical energy invoice, or buy an airline price tag. power use additionally has vital oblique affects, no longer all of that are mirrored in present power costs: depletion of usual assets, degradation of our surroundings, and threats to nationwide defense coming up from a transforming into dependence on geopolitically volatile areas for a few of our strength provides. those oblique affects may elevate sooner or later if the call for for power rises speedier than to be had strength offers. Our nation's problem is to enhance an strength portfolio that reduces those affects whereas supplying enough and cheap strength provides to maintain our destiny financial prosperity.

the us has huge, immense monetary and highbrow assets that may be dropped at endure on those demanding situations via a sustained nationwide attempt within the many years forward. America's strength Future is meant to notify the improvement of clever power guidelines via fostering a greater realizing of technological thoughts for expanding strength provides and enhancing the potency of strength use. This precis version of the booklet may also be an invaluable source for pros operating within the power or all in favour of advocacy and researchers and teachers in energy-related fields of study.

America's power Future examines the deployment power, expenditures, boundaries, and affects of strength offer and end-use applied sciences through the subsequent to 3 many years, together with power potency, substitute transportation fuels, renewable power, fossil gasoline strength, and nuclear power, in addition to applied sciences for making improvements to the nation's electric transmission and distribution systems.

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Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html PART 1 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 1 Context and Challenges T his report assesses the status of energy-supply and end-use technologies in the United States, both at present and over the next two to three decades. It is intended to inform the development of wise energy policies by our nation’s decision makers and to provide the technical underpinnings for more detailed explorations of key energy-policy options in the second phase of the National Academies America’s Energy Future (AEF) project.

All rights reserved. html Context and Challenges 31 cases, the committee performed additional technical analyses to fill gaps in the literature or reconcile conflicting assessments. The approaches that the committee used are described in more detail in Part 2 of this report. The committee also relied heavily on the reports of the three panels that were created as part of this Phase I study to undertake detailed examinations of energy efficiency technologies, alternative transportation fuels, and renewable-energy technologies.

R01203 Main Report 1-6 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. 7 Historical (1980–2007) and projected (2008–2030) energy consumption in the United States by primary energy source, in quads. S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) 2008 referMain Report 1-7 ence case; this reference case assumes that current policies that affect energy supply and consumption will remain unchanged and that economic growth rates and technology development and deployment trends will continue over the next 20 years.

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