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Title: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Deployment in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Goals: The Case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191)

Abstract

The U.S. federal government is considering actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so the cost of these technologies could significantly influence the overall cost of meeting greenhouse gas limits. This paper examines the potential benefit of reduced technology cost by analyzing the case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191). This act had a goal of reducing national carbon emissions in 2050 to levels 72 percent below 2006 emission levels. In April 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (EIA) published an analysis of the effects of S.2191 on the U.S. energy sector. This report presents a similar analysis: both analyses examined the impacts of S.2191, and both used versions of the National Energy Modeling System. The analysis reported here used modified technology assumptions to reflect U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program goals. The results show that achieving EERE program goals could reduce the cost of meeting greenhouse gas limits, reduce the cost of renewable electricity generation and biofuels, and reduce energy intensity.

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
984181
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A2-47213
TRN: US201015%%1089
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIOFUELS; CARBON; CLIMATES; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; GREENHOUSE GASES; MITIGATION; NATIONAL GOVERNMENT; SECURITY; SIMULATION; US ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; LIEBERMAN-WARNER CLIMATE SECURITY ACT OF 2007; S.2191; SENATE BILL 2191; CARBON EMISSIONS; GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS; EMISSION REDUCTIONS; GREENHOUSE GAS ALLOWANCE PRICES; ENERGY INTENSITY; CARBON CAP; TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE; RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; RENEWABLE ENERGY; FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; Energy Analysis

Citation Formats

Showalter, S., Wood, F., and Vimmerstedt, L. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Deployment in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Goals: The Case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191). United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.2172/984181.
Showalter, S., Wood, F., & Vimmerstedt, L. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Deployment in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Goals: The Case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191). United States. doi:10.2172/984181.
Showalter, S., Wood, F., and Vimmerstedt, L. 2010. "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Research, Development, and Deployment in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Goals: The Case of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007 (S.2191)". United States. doi:10.2172/984181. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/984181.
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