America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation

America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation

by Phase1 Committee on America's Energy Future, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309116023

ISBN-13: 9780309116022

Pub. Date: 12/14/2009

Publisher: National Academies Press

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Energy touches our lives in countless ways and its costs are felt when we fill up at the gas pump, pay our home heating bills, and keep businesses both large and small running. There are long-term costs as well: to the environment, as natural resources are depleted and pollution contributes to

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Energy touches our lives in countless ways and its costs are felt when we fill up at the gas pump, pay our home heating bills, and keep businesses both large and small running. There are long-term costs as well: to the environment, as natural resources are depleted and pollution contributes to global climate change, and to national security and independence, as many of the world's current energy sources are increasingly concentrated in geopolitically unstable regions. The country's challenge is to develop an energy portfolio that addresses these concerns while still providing sufficient, affordable energy reserves for the nation.

The United States has enormous resources to put behind solutions to this energy challenge; the dilemma is to identify which solutions are the right ones. Before deciding which energy technologies to develop, and on what timeline, we need to understand them better.

America's Energy Future analyzes the potential of a wide range of technologies for generation, distribution, and conservation of energy. This book considers technologies to increase energy efficiency, coal-fired power generation, nuclear power, renewable energy, oil and natural gas, and alternative transportation fuels. It offers a detailed assessment of the associated impacts and projected costs of implementing each technology and categorizes them into three time frames for implementation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309116022
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
12/14/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
650
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1 Context and challenges 9

2 Key findings 35

3 Key results from technology assessments 81

4 Energy efficiency 135

5 Alternative transportation fuels 211

6 Renewable energy 271

7 Fossil-fuel energy 331

8 Nuclear energy 445

9 Electricity transmission and distribution 563

App. A Committee and staff biographies 641

App. B Meeting participants 659

App. C America's energy future project 665

App. D Principal units and conversion factors 669

App. E Select acronyms and abbreviations 673

Index 685

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