Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition Reid Detchon Issues Statement on New U.S. Energy Information Administration Report

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Reid Detchon, Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, today hailed a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as “an important and valuable validation of a 25x’25 energy future.”

an important and valuable validation of a 25x'25 energy future.

Reid Detchon, Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, today hailed a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as “an important and valuable validation of a 25x’25 energy future.”

“The EIA reported today that without any subsidies the U.S. could eliminate 11% of its oil consumption, cut global warming emissions by one-seventh, and stimulate new domestic industries and job growth in rural America – at a cost of one-eighth of one percent of GDP,” Detchon said. “That is a remarkable bargain.”

The EIA report presents its findings, which it prepared at the request of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), in very cautious terms, reflecting its analysis of the risk of a 25x’25 mandate. For the same reasons, the Energy Future Coalition has supported adoption of 25x’25 as a national goal, with the expectation that continuous improvement in technology will reduce costs far below the predicted range.

The EIA numbers are particularly eye-popping, Detchon said, because of the very conservative assumptions under which the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, operates. The EIA 25x’25 “policy case” relies on business-as-usual projections of technological trends. For example, even the “high-tech” scenario contains no breakthroughs in solar technology despite massive venture capital investment in the area.

The policy case finds that in 2025, even with no technology breakthroughs and no subsidies:

  • Biomass and wind power generation grows to more than 10 times current levels, but electricity prices are only 0.5 cents per kilowatt-hour higher.
  • Ethanol production rises to 66 billion gallons, and oil imports fall by 2.1 million barrels per day.
  • Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are nearly 1 billion tons lower than now projected.
  • Cumulative discounted losses in consumer expenditures amount to one-tenth of one percent.

“We expect that improving technology will outperform these estimates by a considerable margin,” Detchon said, “but even the EIA’s conservative assessment makes a compelling case for pursuing a 25x’25 future.”

The Energy Future Coalition is a nonpartisan public policy initiative, supported by foundations, that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support.

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