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August 20, 2003

DOE Releases 25-Year Strategic Plan

On August 12th, DOE released a far-reaching 25-year plan spelling out a general vision as well as specific technologies and projects it hopes to develop in the next 25 years. The plan is committed to clean coal and nuclear, but also supports renewable energy and energy efficiency, with the underlying principle that a diversity of energy sources can help provide stability and guard against price spikes.

The strategic plan's specific goals related to renewables and efficiency over the next 25 years include:

  • Between 2003 and 2008, weatherize approximately 771,000 homes of low- income families.

  • By 2010, bring down the cost of the hydrogen equivalent of a gallon of gas to $1.50.

  • By 2010, accomplish FreedomCAR technical milestones established with industry partners.

  • By 2012, develop and demonstrate technologies that can reduce emissions more than 70 metric tons of carbon (MMTCE) and equivalent green house gases (and 117 MMTCE by 2020).

  • By 2015, evaluate policy instruments that foster the delivery of commercial quantities of hydrogen based on the economic success for hydrogen research and development.

  • By 2015, develop technologies that allow a decision by industry to commercialize fuel-cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure.

  • By 2025, have renewable energy sources (excluding hydropower) reach 12.0 quadrillion Btu (quads), nearly double the energy production of 6.46 quads in the year 2000.

  • By 2025, develop and demonstrate technologies to bring systems that generate both heat and power within 90 percent efficiency.

  • By 2025, have solid-state lighting reduce energy demand for lighting by one-fifth compared to that of 2000.

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