U.S. Department of Energy

    DOE Draft Plan Examines Technologies to Cut Greenhouse Gases

    September 28, 2005

    DOE has released a draft strategic plan for accelerating the development and reducing the cost of new and advanced technologies that avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The draft plan, released on September 22nd, provides strategic direction for about $3 billion in federal spending for climate change-related technology research and development. The plan aims to reduce emissions from energy supply technologies, such as power plants, while also cutting emissions from the energy infrastructure and from the end users of energy, such as our cars and houses. Part of the strategy is to capture, store, and sequester carbon dioxide. The plan also aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide, such as methane.

    Among the energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and programs highlighted in the plan are the FreedomCAR program, the 21st Century Truck Partnership, the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, methane-to-energy projects, distributed generation, and an increasing emphasis on wind energy, biomass energy, and solar power. The plan also emphasizes high-temperature superconductivity, energy storage, FutureGEN clean coal plants, and nuclear fission and fusion technologies.

    DOE is accepting public comments on the plan until November 2nd, and expects to release the final plan next year. The technologies developed under the Climate Change Technology Program will be used and deployed among the partners in the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development that was announced earlier this year. See the DOE press release and the draft strategic plan.