California’s New Year’s Energy Resolutions

Last week California’s Governor Brown announced new energy goals for the state in his inaugural address. By 2030, the state is striving to:

1) Increase from 30% to 50% the amount of electricity derived from renewable resources
2) Reduce petroleum consumption by cars and trucks by 50%
3) Double the efficiency of existing buildings

Is this possible? How will it affect consumers, producers, and the environment? Our titles discuss technology to increase efficiency, ways to reduce gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in cars and trucks, and options for renewable energy sources.

Building the U.S. Battery Industry for Electric Drive Vehicles: Summary of a Symposium (2012)

ISBN 978-0-309-25452-6

Since 1991, the National Research Council, under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, has undertaken a program of activities to improve policymakers’ understandings of the interconnections of science, technology, …


Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States (2012)

ISBN 978-0-309-26032-9

Biofuels made from algae are gaining attention as a domestic source of renewable fuel. However, with current technologies, scaling up production of algal biofuels to meet even 5 percent of U.S. transportation fuel needs could create unsustainable …


Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels (2013)

ISBN 978-0-309-26852-3

For a century, almost all light-duty vehicles (LDVs) have been powered by internal combustion engines operating on petroleum fuels. Energy security concerns about petroleum imports and the effect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on global …


Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (2010)

ISBN 978-0-309-14982-2

Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles evaluates various technologies and methods that could improve the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, …


Real Prospects for Energy Efficiency in the United States (2010)

ISBN 978-0-309-13716-4

America’s economy and lifestyles have been shaped by the low prices and availability of energy. In the last decade, however, the prices of oil, natural gas, and coal have increased dramatically, leaving consumers and the industrial and service …


America’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation (2009)

ISBN 978-0-309-11602-2

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Energy touches our lives in countless ways and its costs are felt when we fill up at the gas pump, pay our home heating …


Liquid Transportation Fuels from Coal and Biomass: Technological Status, Costs, and Environmental Impacts (2009)

ISBN 978-0-309-13712-6

The transportation sector cannot continue on its current path: The volatility of oil prices threatens the U.S. economy, the large proportion of oil importation threatens U.S. energy security, and the massive contribution of greenhouse …