U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Report: Energy Efficiency, Diversity are Keys to Our Future Energy Needs
July 25, 2007
A new 422-page report from the National Petroleum Council (NPC) warns
of "accumulating risks to the supply of reliable, affordable energy"
and calls for an integrated national strategy that includes energy
efficiency and the exploitation of diverse energy sources. The report
concludes that the United States should incorporate energy policy into
most of its foreign policy decisions and should create long-term
opportunities for research and development in all phases of the energy
supply and demand system.
"The study demonstrates that energy efficiency is a very near-term
energy resource, and tapping it is essential to national energy
strategy," says Daniel Yergin, Vice Chair of the study and Chairman of
Cambridge Energy Research Associates. "The challenge is that it
involves thousands and thousands of decisions, not a few big
decisions. But there is a focus on efficiency in the United States and
around the world at a level never seen before. The study helps point
The 18-month study examines global energy use and supply through 2030
and involved more than 350 experts from diverse backgrounds and
organizations. It concludes that the world is not running out of
energy, but the world should not continue to rely on expanding energy
production from conventional sources of oil and natural gas. The
report also concludes that achieving U.S. energy independence is not
practical in the foreseeable future, but notes that several steps can
be taken to enhance U.S. energy security. See the NPC press release
(PDF 124 KB),
executive summary (PDF 1.4 MB),
and full report (PDF 10.9 MB).
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