Impacts on U.S. Energy Expenditures and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions of Increasing Renewable-Energy Use: Technical Report

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Preface
At the request of the Energy Future Coalition, the RAND Corporation undertook a study that assesses the potential impacts on U.S. consumer energy expenditures and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of producing 25 percent of U.S. electric power and transportation fuels from renewable resources by 2025. The coalition spearheads the 25x’25 Alliance, a group of individuals and organizations with a vision that, “by the year 2025, America’s farms, ranches and forests will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant and affordable food, feed and fiber” (25x’25 Alliance, 2007, p. 2).In November 2006, RAND issued an initial publication of its methods and findings. After RAND identified a number of flaws in both approach and results subsequent to the publication, RAND withdrew the report and set about to produce a completely revised publication. This revised version of the report has been subjected to very detailed peer review of both methods and findings in an effort to ensure its analytical soundness.This report presents a general description of the approach that RAND researchers undertook in conducting the revamped study and the key findings that emerged from it. A more detailed look at the study methods and results can be found in companion technical appendixes that are available electronically. The analysis in the report can help inform policymakers, lawmakers, and others on how different assumptions about the future affect the possible economic and environmental consequences of a significant increase in renewable-energy use.This research is part of a growing portfolio of RAND research on alternative energy sources. Other examples include
Oil Shale Development in the United States: Prospects and Policy Issues (Bartis et al., 2005)
Producing Liquid Fuels from Coal: Prospects and Policy Issues (Bartis, Camm, and Ortiz, forthcoming)
Federal Incentives to Induce Early Experience Producing Unconventional Liquid Fuel (Camm, Bartis, and Bushman, forthcoming).

The RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program

This research was conducted under the auspices of the Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program (EEED) within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE). The mission of RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment is to improve the development, operation, use, and protection of society’s essential physical assets and natural resources

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  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Chapter One- Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two- How We Did the Analysis 5
  • Chapter Three- Key Findings 23
  • Chapter Four- Concluding Remarks 49
  • References 51
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