Scenarios for a clean energy future

Title: Scenarios for a clean energy future
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: November 2001
Published In: Energy Policy
Description: This paper summarizes the results of a study-Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future-that assess how energy-efficient and clean energy technologies can address key energy and environmental challenges facing the US. A particular focus of this study is the energy, environmental, and economic impacts of different public policies and programs. Hundreds of technologies and approximately 50 policies are analyzed. The study concludes that policies exist that can significantly reduce oil dependence, air pollution, carbon emissions, and inefficiencies in energy production and end-use systems at essentially no net cost to the US economy. The most advanced scenario finds that by the year 2010, the US could bring its carbon dioxide emissions three-quarters of the way back to 1990 levels. The study also concludes that over time energy bill savings in these scenarios can pay for the investments needed to achieve these reductions in energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Citation: Energy Policy. 29. Issue 14. 1179 - 1196. ISSN 0301-4215. DOI 10.1016/S0301-4215(01)00066-0.
Related Departments:
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • School of Public Policy