Last updated on: 6/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Despite gains in energy efficiency, the United States will require more energy in the next 20 years to fuel a growing economy. It is expected that fossil energy will fill a large portion of this growing need over this timeframe…

America’s recoverable coal has an energy content roughly comparable to all the world’s known oil reserves. This abundant resource supplies more than half the U.S. electric power supply, and it may also contribute to the Nation’s transition to a hydrogen economy…

Domestic natural gas and oil resources remain plentiful. Yet resources that can be found and recovered with conventional methods are dwindling. With a new generation of exploration, drilling, and recovery technologies, these domestic resources can remain a significant part of our Nation’s energy portfolio.”

“Key Issues & Mandates: Secure and Reliable Energy Supplies,” www.netl.doe.gov (accessed June 22, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come:

– Enabling domestic coal, natural gas, and oil to economically power our Nation’s homes, industries, businesses, and transportation…

– While protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence.

NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies, contract and project management, analysis of energy systems, and international energy issues.”

“About NETL,” www.netl.doe.gov (accessed June 22, 2009)

Mission:

“NETL is committed to addressing the challenges put forth by the National Energy Policy:

– Enhance America’s energy security;
– Improve the environmental acceptability of energy production and use;
– Increase the competitiveness and reliability of U.S. energy systems; and
– Ensure a robust U.S. energy future.”

“About NETL,” www.netl.doe.gov (accessed June 22, 2009)

Other:
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