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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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    Uncertainty and Complexity: Biomass Can Help on the Path to Deep Decarbonization

    Feb 24, 2017

    While biomass will almost certainly never become the dominant fuel for the electricity sector in the United States, it is still worth including as part of a menu of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

  • A house with energy-efficient solar panels on the roof

    Commentary

    Getting (Solar) Electricity Pricing Right

    Jul 24, 2017

    Demand for rooftop solar panels is soaring among U.S. homeowners. Meanwhile, states are struggling to adapt a 20th-century electrical grid—and the corresponding cost structure for electricity rates—to this 21st-century reality. This is causing confusion and uncertainty.

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    A USAF Energy Consumption Projection Model.

    A USAF Energy Consumption Projection Model.

    Jan 1, 1974

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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.

    Jan 1, 1973

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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...

    Jan 1, 1973

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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...

    Jan 1, 1973

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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.

    Jan 1, 1973

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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.

    Jan 1, 1972

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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...

    Jan 1, 1968

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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 ...

    Jan 1, 1967

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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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    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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    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 Assistant
    Education B.S. in energy engineering, Penn State University

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    Nidhi Kalra

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in robotics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in computer science, Cornell University

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    Edward Parker

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physics, UC Santa Barbara; M.A. in physics, UC Santa Barbara; B.S. in physics, Brown University

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    James D. Powers

    Quality Assurance Manager, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in materials science and engineering, MIT; M.S. in materials science and engineering, UC Berkeley; Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, UC Berkeley

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    Benjamin Lee Preston

    Director, Community Health and Environmental Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in environmental biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. in biology, College of William & Mary

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    Richard Silberglitt

    Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in solid state physics, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in physics, Stevens Institute of Technology; M.S in physics, University of Pennsylvania