Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Biography

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

“The polar caps are melting. There’s a time limit on the exercise. It’s not theoretical; it’s quantifiable. And so, our solutions shouldn’t be theoretical. They also should lean in the zone of quantifiability…

We can displace the sources we seek with new and better technology in a for-profit manner if we enable ourselves to connect with the right policy. And I’m not talking about command and control policy or excess regulation. I’m talking about empowerment of free enterprise to introduce new technologies and retrofits on a scale that is consequential and relevant to the challenges that we have…”

“Remarks at the Southeast Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit,” Former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Alexander Karsner, June 5, 2008

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

“EERE’s programs conduct activities in partnership with the private sector, state and local government, DOE national laboratories, and universities. In July 2002, EERE reorganized to strengthen its focus on programs and these partnerships…

…EERE is organized around 10 energy programs:

  • Biomass Program
  • Building Technologies Program
  • Federal Energy Management Program
  • Geothermal Technologies Program
  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells & Infrastructure Technologies Program
  • Industrial Technologies Program
  • Solar Energy Technologies Program
  • Vehicle Technologies Program
  • Wind & Hydropower Technologies Program
  • Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program…”

“About the Office of EERE,” www1.eere.energy.gov (accessed Oct. 16, 2008)

Mission:

“The EERE mission is to strengthen America’s energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships that:

  • Enhance energy efficiency and productivity;
  • Bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and
  • Make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.”

“About the Office of EERE,” www1.eere.energy.gov (accessed Oct. 16, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Wind Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?
  2. Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Needed to Produce It?
  3. Is Solar Power Production Environmentally Friendly?
  4. What Are Fuel Cells?