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Discussion Catalyst: Solar

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Solar energy is currently a good renewable solution for peak usage period (which are usually the hottest hours of the day). The policy should focus on: Extend the federal incentives for the next 10-15 years. The current short term regulation creates instability for the investors and slows down the development of solar solutions. Incentives should be technology neutral. Investors need stability and predictability. The current renew/don’t renew political episodes every… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Natural Gas and LNG

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:11 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   We should expand drilling for natural gas in areas where it can be transported via a pipeline to the US. The primary uses of natural gas should be reserved to: Electricity generation — cleaner and reduced GHG compared to today’s coal. It is also the best solution for peak demand. The most important role of natural gas in the U.S. energy policy is to offset instabilities in power generation by… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Geothermal

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:10 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Geothermal has the potential to provide the most economical and cleanest form of energy with the smallest environmental impact. It is worthy of much more attention and government support since it is the only renewable resource that can be used for 24/7 base load production. Geothermal needs to come to the forefront. Government policy should encourage its use wherever possible. The U.S. is a world leader in geothermal electricity. We… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Nuclear Energy

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:07 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   It is the cleanest of all available and proven technologies that can grow rapidly. We have to grow the stable supply base, not just grow the renewables. It is our safest bet for independence, reliability and fighting global warming. Nuclear “enjoys” unjustifiable bad public opinion. That’s where leadership is needed to shift public opinion. Build more nuclear power stations: Step 1 — Double the capacity of existing nuclear stations by… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Coal

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:05 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Coal is the main workhorse of electricity generation (49%). It is still the cheapest and is expected to stay so for the foreseeable future. It is also a national resource (we are the “Saudi Arabia of coal”). It is also one of the most polluting and one of the greatest emitters of GHG. There is no way to meet our electricity demands in the next 40-50 years without coal. It… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Electricity Generation Principles

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:05 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   US electricity generation should be based on the following sources: Hydroelectric — part of the stable supply base — not expected to grow. Large hydro capacity may shrink due to reservoir siltation, water shortages, and dam removal. Coal — part of the stable supply base — is domestically abundant. Currently, the cheapest but most carbon intensive solution. Growth rate depends on friendlier GHG technologies (like IGCC and CCS). The main… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Electricity — Background and Goals

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:04 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   The U.S. will be moving to electricity based short-haul transportation at a rapid pace. The transition is in its early stages and will grow exponentially starting in 2010. The electric battery car will be the vehicle of the 21 century. It is highly likely that within 15-20 years every new car will be electric. Cheap electricity is a critical component of U.S. competitiveness. Worldwide energy prices will continue to rise.… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Important Policies (Oil)

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:03 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Restoring the U.S. battery production capability. Most battery production facilities are in China and Japan. The U.S. must rebuild its local battery production industry for the batteries that will power the 21 century vehicles. Special government incentives should be designed. The electric battery car is the (very near) future and will be for most of the 21 century. It is one of the critical industries that must stay/return “home”. Battery… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Oil And Commodities Trading

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:02 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   The current high price of oil (and related products) contains an element of speculation and manipulation. It is difficult to measure the exact amount. The price of other commodities such as food, iron and precious metals contains an even higher component of speculation and manipulation. Many of these markets are easy to manipulate with a small amount of money. There is no better example than the 30% daily jump in… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Transportation Research Priorities

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: at 4:01 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Substantially increase government support for research designed to directly replace oil. Up until now most government research grants in the area of energy went to traditional fossil fuels. The significantly smaller grants for alternative energy have been largely directed to global warming issues. Although we strongly recommend increasing the research grants for global warming solutions, it is critical for the survival of the U.S. and world as a free one… [more]

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