This project delivers standardized, localized energy data and analysis that enables cities to lead clean energy innovation and integrate strategic energy analysis into their decision making.
In 2015, renewable electricity accounted for 64% of U.S. electricity capacity additions, compared to 52% in 2014. Approximately 15 GW of coal-fired generation retired in 2015, the highest in a single year to date.
Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board.
This analysis examines three technology pathways for increasing the use of natural gas by cars. Natural gas can be burned directly in an internal combustion engine or serve as an energy source for hydrogen and electricity.
The mission of Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis is to provide consistent, objective, and credible analysis for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) activities and an understanding of the effect of various policies on EERE's core mission. This includes informing investment decisions through data and scenario analyses in order to maximize their effectiveness and return on investment for the taxpayer.
The Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis team achieves its mission by delivering:
Why it Matters
- We inform EERE's corporate decisions and program implementation through data-driven, portfolio-based analysis of technology and policy to help drive cost-effective decisions.
- We provide the information to explain the impact of EERE's programs on the U.S. energy supply and demand, on job creation and the economy, on U.S. industrial competitiveness, on the local and global environment, and in other areas to drive future public and private funding.
- We work to increase the transparency, rigor, and utility of EERE's data and analysis to provide a credible context for technology investment.
- We provide analysis and promote understanding of how various policy options affect markets, business development, and clean energy deployment and adoption.