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High oil prices and growing worries about climate change have heightened interest in alternative and renewable energy sources, but these frequently cost more than fossil fuels. RAND has explored the feasibility of using renewable resources such as wind power and ethanol to reduce CO2 emissions and enhance energy security, and analyzed the likely effects of such technologies on consumer energy costs.

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    Energy Use and Conservation in the Residential Sector: A Regional Analysis

    Estimates consumption of all forms of energy in the residential sector, broken down by the major end uses, for each of the nine census regions of the United States for the base year 1970.

    Dec 31, 1974

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    Energy Alternatives for California: Paths to the Future

    Results of a major RAND study to identify and analyze energy policy issues facing California, with emphasis on developing a coordinated state policy response.

    Dec 31, 1974

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    Is the Right to Light a California Necessity?

    Addresses the uncertain potential of solar energy and the question of a transferable property interest in sunlight. Such a property right by landowners, even though transferable, would be likely to facilitate solar heating and cooling systems in Cal...

    Dec 31, 1974

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    How To Save Gasoline: Public Policy Alternatives for the Automobile

    Sought to devise analytical tools to evaluate the effects on private transportation of national energy conservation measures, to apply these tools in a systematic analysis to compare the effectiveness of several alternative policy instrument...

    Dec 31, 1973

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    A USAF Energy Consumption Projection Model.

    A USAF Energy Consumption Projection Model.

    Dec 31, 1973

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    Strategy Alternatives for Oxidant Control in the Los Angeles Region

    This project sought to evaluate strategies for controlling oxidant (smog) in Los Angeles and to investigate their sensitivity to assumptions.

    Dec 31, 1972

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    Measures for Slowing Growth in Electricity Consumption

    Examines the three greatest sources of growth — heating, cooling, and lighting — in terms of four major growth-slowing measures: improved building insulation; substitution of gas for electricity in selected end uses; use of solar energy...

    Dec 31, 1972

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    Fuel from Organic Matter.

    An investigation of the technical and economic aspects of tapping solar energy stored in plants and organic wastes to provide an alternative to the dwindling resources of fossil fuels. The amounts of energy that might be derived from conventional cr...

    Dec 31, 1972

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    A Probabilistic Forecasting Methodology Applied to Electric Energy Consumption

    Probabilistic forecasting is presented as a technique required when the period to be described is in the far future and the relationships are complex.

    Dec 31, 1972

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    The Price of Fire: The Application of Modern Technology to the Improvement of Man's Environment

    Methods of applying the Promethean fire of technology to solve environmental problems.

    Dec 31, 1971

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    Solar Energy without Neutrinos : Fusion Catalysis by Quarks.

    Negatively charged quarks and antiquarks may catalyze fusion in light elements. In build-up of the elements by quark catalysis the well-known difficulty at atomic number 5 does not occur. The solar energy output could be provided by quark catalysis...

    Dec 31, 1967

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    The Grand Canyon Controversy--1967 : Further Economic Comparisons of Nuclear Alternatives.

    An updating of P-3302 and Congressional testimony by the authors against the Grand Canyon dam projects. Calculation methods have been changed to credit the proposed alternative nuclear power plants with the Federal Power Commission's regular energy ...

    Dec 31, 1966

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    Nihar Chhatiawala

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in physics and entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University; B.S.E. in engineering physics, Case Western Reserve University

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    Aimee E. Curtright

    Senior Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in chemistry, University of Miami

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    Noha Abdel-Karim

    Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Katherine Anania

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.E.S.M. in environmental science and management, UC Santa Barbara; M.A. in economics, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in environmental studies, Emory University

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    Ismael Arciniegas Rueda

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, SUNY Albany; M.A. in economics, SUNY Albany

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    David DeSmet

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in materials science and engineering, University of California, Berkeley

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    Jacob DeWeese

    Research Programmer
    Education B.S. in energy engineering, Penn State University

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    Suzanne Genc

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Irvine