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Project Title:

America's Energy Future: Energy Efficiency Technologies: Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs
PIN: DEPS-L-07-02-B        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:
RSO: Woodruff, Madeline

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
This panel will examine the potential for reducing energy demand through improving efficiency in transportation, buildings, and industrial processes using (1) existing technologies, (2) technologies developed but not yet utilized widely, and (3) prospective technologies. In keeping with the charge to the overall scope of the America's Energy Future Study Committee, the panel will not recommend policy choices, but will assess the state of development of technologies. The energy efficiency panel will evaluate technologies based on their estimated times to initial commercial deployment and will provide the following information for each:

" Initial deployment times less than 10 years: costs, performance, and impacts;
" Deployment times of 10 to 25 years: barriers, implications for costs and R&D challenges/needs;
" Deployment times greater than 25 years: barriers and R&D challenges/needs, especially basic research needs.

The primary focus of the study will be on the quantitative characterization of technologies with initial deployment times < 10 years. The panel will provide details on the technical potential of improving efficient use of energy in the U.S. using existing technologies as well as consider the applicability of existing technologies in other nations. It will also assess the potential for energy efficiency improvement using technologies developed but not yet utilized widely in the U.S. or abroad, and using prospective technologies with substantial likelihood of commercial use during the three deployment timescales described above.

The project is sponsored by the The National Academies, Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, BP America, GE Energy, General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, The W.M. Keck Foundation and Fred Kavli and the Kavli Foundation.

The approximate start date for the project is July 2007.

A report of the panel is expected to be issued at the end of the project in approximately 18 months.

Update 3-31-09: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued in May 2009.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 10/22/2007
 Meeting 2 - 12/12/2007
 Meeting 3 - 03/11/2008
 Meeting 4 - 05/13/2008
 Meeting 5 - 05/30/2008
 Meeting 6 - 06/26/2008


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Real Prospects for Energy Efficiency in the United States