Review Starts on U.S. Renewable Energy Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy has been told to complete a review of its renewable energy programs within three months.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-05-31 [] Energy secretary Spencer Abraham has directed DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to start the strategic review of its renewable energy research and development programs. This is the third recommendation of the National Energy Plan to be implemented by Abraham since the policy was announced by Vice President Dick Cheney. “The President’s National Energy Plan highlights the important contributions that can be made by renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass,” he says. “These energy sources constitute about 10 percent of our total energy production, with even greater potential for the future.” “A strategic review of DOE’s renewable programs will help us promote innovation and technology to increase renewable energy’s use in America and around the world,” he adds. “I have directed that the review to also consider the promise of hydrogen, superconductivity and other next-generation technologies.” Including these other technologies in the review on renewable energy is in keeping with the priorities identified in the National Energy Plan, he explains. The energy policy recommends a review of current funding and historic performance of DOE’s renewable and alternative energy research and development programs. Abraham will propose appropriate funding of those research programs that are found to be performance-based and are modeled as public-private partnerships. The review will be undertaken concurrently with the energy efficiency R&D program review announced last week. Public input will be sought at the outset of the review. Secretary Abraham has set July 10 as the deadline for the initial phase of the review, with the final phase to be completed by September 1.
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