Energy Conservation

Using less energy today can save money and improve the quality of the environment for future generations. RAND has informed public awareness and policy with research on such topics as energy use in commercial buildings, household energy conservation, the conflict between energy conservation and productivity in schools and offices, and the potential to reduce the energy requirements of U.S. commercial airlines.

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    An Energy-Independent United States

    Energy expert Keith Crane discusses shifts in U.S. energy markets, their economic implications and effects on gasoline and electricity prices, and how these developments might affect climate change.

    Mar 20, 2013

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    Global Methane Initiative: Converting Harmful Emissions to Usable Energy

    Carbon dioxide has garnered the most attention in the climate change debate because it accounts for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions. But there is good reason to worry about methane, say Nicholas Burger and Noreen Clancy.

    Feb 6, 2013

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    What Types of Interventions Change Energy Using Behaviours?

    The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was interested in understanding the effectiveness of interventions designed to change energy use behaviour in the home. They commissioned RAND Europe to assess the state of knowledge about “what works”, by systematically reviewing previous trials and initiatives, drawing on evidence from the UK and abroad. This review has informed DECC’s November 2012 Energy Efficiency Strategy, which sets out their policy direction for decades to come.

    Dec 12, 2012

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    Modernizing the Mobility Air Force for Tomorrow's Air Traffic Management System

    Building on RAND work examining the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 aerial refueling tanker to comply with airspace modernization mandates, this study extended the analysis to the C-5, C-17, C-130, and KC-135 fleets.

    Dec 6, 2012

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    What Works in Changing Energy-Using Behaviours in the Home? A Rapid Evidence Assessment: Final Report

    In November 2012, the Department of Energy and Climate Change unveiled the UK's national Energy Efficiency Strategy, setting out the direction of their policy for the coming decades. RAND Europe's research on

    Nov 1, 2012

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    Creating an Innovation System for Knowledge City

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report introduces innovation systems and clusters, describes the factors that led to the successes of Silicon Valley, the life sciences corridor in Maryland, and the Israeli technology cluster, and uses findings from those cases and other research to outline the steps GDD will need to take to make Knowledge City a success.

    Sep 20, 2012

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    Creating an Innovation System for Knowledge City: Chinese Translation

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report analyzes innovation systems and outlines the steps GDD will need to take to make Knowledge City a success.

    Sep 20, 2012

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    Understanding Potential Air Force Roles in Promoting International Energy Security

    Energy purchases made by the U.S. DoD do not influence world oil prices, making cutting fuel use the only effective choice to reduce what the Pentagon spends on it. The U.S. military can continue to have an important role in promoting stability in major oil producing regions and by helping protect the flow of energy through major transit corridors and on the high seas.

    Jun 18, 2012

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    U.S. Military's Role with Petroleum Is to Assure Security

    Energy purchases made by the U.S. Department of Defense do not influence world oil prices, making cutting fuel use the only effective choice to reduce what the Pentagon spends on petroleum fuels.

    Jun 18, 2012

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    Natural Resources and Their Impact on Economic Development

    Research conducted within RAND Environment, Energy, and Economic Development focuses on environmental quality and regulation; energy resources and systems; water resources and systems; climate, natural hazards, and disasters; and innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

    Apr 21, 2012

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    Earth Day and RAND

    As people around the world prepare for the 42nd annual Earth Day this Sunday, we look back at some of the recent research from RAND's Environment, Energy, and Economic Development program.

    Apr 20, 2012

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    Energy Services Analysis Can Identify Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Changing how a service is provided can create opportunities to conserve energy. A new RAND Corporation study does just that, using

    Apr 18, 2012

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    Energy Services Analysis Can Identify Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    By examining not only how a service is produced but how it is provided, energy services analysis can lead to greater reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions than conventional approaches.

    Apr 10, 2012

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    Exploring the Nexus of Energy Sources, Technology, and Policy

    Energy plays a vital role in the success of the global economy, but obtaining and using energy can also impact the environment. RAND researchers in the Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program help policymakers worldwide make informed decisions on meeting their nations' energy needs while mitigating long-term life cycle environmental risks.

    Feb 27, 2012

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    Collaboration Between Army Installations and Energy Utility Companies

    Explores how the Army can improve collaboration with utility companies to reduce energy consumption on its installations and help meet other Army energy goals.

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Beneficial Collaboration Between Army Installations and Energy Utility Companies

    U.S. Army installation energy costs around the globe totaled more than $1.2 billion in 2010. Collaborating with energy utility companies could help the Army to decrease energy usage, lower costs, and meet legislative mandates. The benefits for utility companies include energy conservation and support for renewable energy technologies.

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Valuation of Plug-In Vehicle Life-Cycle Air Emissions and Oil Displacement Benefits

    To reduce air emission and oil dependency impacts from passenger vehicles, strategies to promote adoption of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles with small battery packs offer more social benefits per dollar spent.

    Sep 30, 2011

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    How Much Are People Willing to Pay to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

    To combat climate change, the British government has thus far valued the cost of carbon emissions based on how much people should pay, rather than how much they are willing to pay, or the value they place on carbon emissions reduction. An analysis of a series of RAND Europe studies suggests there is an opportunity for a large consumer surplus — a social benefit — by introducing a carbon tax to pay for the damages caused by carbon emissions.

    Feb 23, 2011

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    Managing Residential Energy Demand Through Provision of Better Feedback

    Examines the potential for better feedback on electricity usage to reduce household energy consumption.

    Feb 2, 2011

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    Israel Initiative Provides Objective External Analyses of Domestic Policy Options

    Through research on energy, environmental health, policing, water supply, and more RAND is helping Israel's policymakers by providing external analyses of policy options to address major domestic issues, particularly those related to safety, development, infrastructure, and sustainability.

    May 11, 2010