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2007-08 Seminars


Coping with Competing Energy Strategy Directions

Kenneth Kern
Director of the Office of Systems, Analysis and Planning
National Energy Technology Laboratory

Abstract
The United States is confronting an energy policy dilemma that involves the need to simultaneously address three fundamentally different energy strategy directions, each with alternative solutions that potentially conflict with the objectives of the others. These coincident energy strategies include:

  • Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions related to our nation's energy consumption,
  • Improving the energy security of the nation and
  • Maintaining a healthy, globally competitive U.S. economy.

In parallel, U.S. energy supply forecasts have been falling and energy commodity price forecasts have been escalating dramatically, over the last few years. What are the implications for developing an effective U.S. energy strategy direction that doesn't harm U.S. interests in other areas and what options may be available to help address these disparate energy strategies, simultaneously?

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