The National Academies: What You Need To Know About Energy

The National Academies

What You Need To Know About Energy

Letter Report for the Committee on Prospective Benefits of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy R&D Programs (2005)

In 2002, Congress directed DOE to request the NRC to develop a methodology for assessing prospective economic, environmental, and energy security benefits of its conservation and fossil energy R&D programs. The first phase of this project-development of the methodology-began in December 2003 and resulted in the report, Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Phase two is designed to develop the methodology more completely and apply it to several DOE R&D programs. As part of this effort, the NRC held a workshop to obtain feedback on its proposed methodology and the DOE programs that have been selected for review. This letter report presents a discussion of the principal comments made during the workshop, the case studies intended to be performed during Phase two, and changes in the process and methodology since Phase one’s completion.

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Which source(s) of energy are not nuclear in origin?

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    Tidal energy is gravitational in origin. Solar energy comes from nuclear reactions in the sun.

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    Tidal energy is gravitational in origin. Geothermal energy comes from radioactive decay inside the earth.

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    Tidal energy is gravitational in origin. Solar energy comes from nuclear reactions in the sun, and geothermal energy comes from radioactive decay inside the earth.

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    Tidal energy is gravitational in origin. Solar energy comes from nuclear reactions in the sun, and geothermal energy comes from radioactive decay inside the earth.