Transportation Energy Futures Series: Projected Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Power in a Mature Market [report]

M. Ruth, T. Mai, E. Newes, A. Aden, E. Warner, C. Uriarte, D. Inman, T. Simpkins, A. Argo
2013 unpublished
This is one of a series of reports produced as a result of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) project, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored multi-agency project initiated to identify underexplored strategies for abating greenhouse gases and reducing petroleum dependence related to transportation. The project was designed to consolidate existing transportation energy knowledge, advance analytic capacity-building, and uncover opportunities for sound strategic action. Transportation
more » ... . Transportation currently accounts for 71% of total U.S. petroleum use and 33% of the nation's total carbon emissions. The TEF project explores how combining multiple strategies could reduce GHG emissions and petroleum use by 80%. Researchers examined four key areas -lightduty vehicles, non-light-duty vehicles, fuels, and transportation demand -in the context of the marketplace, consumer behavior, industry capabilities, technology and the energy and transportation infrastructure. The TEF reports support DOE long-term planning. The reports provide analysis to inform decisions about transportation energy research investments, as well as the role of advanced transportation energy technologies and systems in the development of new physical, strategic, and policy alternatives. In addition to the DOE and its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, TEF benefitted from the collaboration of experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, along with steering committee members from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, academic institutions and industry associations. More detail on the project, as well as the full series of reports, can be found at Contract Nos. Participants in an initial Transportation Energy Futures scoping meeting in June 2010 -representing the U.S. Department of Energy and national laboratories -assisted by formulating innovative and timely ideas to consider for the project. Steering Committee members and observers offered their thoughtful perspective on transportation analytic research needs as well as insightful comments on an initial Transportation Energy Futures work plan in a December 2010 meeting and periodic teleconferences through the project. Many analysts and managers at the U.S. Department of Energy played important roles in sponsoring this work and providing valuable guidance. From the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sam Baldwin and Carla Frisch provided leadership in conceptualizing the project. A core team of analysts collaborated closely with the national lab team throughout implementation of the project. These included: Jacob Ward and Philip Patterson (now retired), Vehicle Technologies Office
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