Full Title: Department of Energy Quadrennial Technology Review Framing Document
Author(s): S. Koonin, et al.
Publisher(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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The DOE-QTR will provide a context and framework for the Department’s energy programs, as well as principles by which to establish program plans with a five-year horizon. It stems most immediately from recommendations in a recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Report to the President on Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies Through an Integrated Federal Energy Policy, which echo and amplify numerous prior calls for better prioritization and planning in DOE’s energy activities1. PCAST recommended a government-wide Quadrennial Energy Review. However, recognizing the scope and challenge of that task, they also recommended beginning with a more limited review centered on DOE activities. Secretary Chu initiated the DOE-QTR in February of 2011, and tasked Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin with leading the process.
Given DOE’s mission and capabilities, the DOE-QTR is concerned primarily with activities to develop and demonstrate new energy technologies in support of national energy goals. These are multi-year efforts in which science, technology, economics, and energy policy intertwine. In view of the multitude of technologies that could be developed and demonstrated, analytically-based priorities and coordination of RD&D efforts with policy are essential to facilitate deployment by the for-profit sector.
The scope of the DOE-QTR will include a discussion of the roles of government, industry, national laboratories, and universities in energy system transformation, as a function of technological area.