'Perspectives on Energy Policy' report now available

October 22, 2009

The United States should create a high-level independent council to analyze and communicate critical issues to energy policymakers and the public, a group of 27 leaders in academia, government, and the private sector recommends in a new report.

The report, "Perspectives on : Security, Economics, and the Environment," is the result of a workshop convened by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Sustainability Solutions Institute (SSI) in March.

The report also recommends that policymakers focus their attention on outcomes and values rather than on mandating specific technical solutions

"At no time in our nation's history have the challenges associated with securing America's energy future been so paramount and the need to develop systems solutions so critical if we are to find effective solutions to address the energy-climate nexus," said Les Shephard, Sandia's vice president for energy, security and defense technologies. "To assure this future we must find more effective approaches to fully couple the energy policy community with the science and technology community to provide informed that will benefit the global community. This report is one small but important step in moving in this direction."

Other recommendations for action noted in the report:

  • Develop educational curricula that address energy and sustainability, suitable for all levels, that will accelerate the development of next-generation technologies and workforce
  • Develop tangible messages to engage the broader public to think about their energy choices and help citizens make informed decisions
  • Conduct an assessment of the nation's energy security status, comparable to those already executed for environmental and economic security
The high-level council recommended in the report would be patterned after the Council on Foreign Relations and provide an in­dependent venue for addressing energy policy op­tions that help deepen the nation's understand­ing of how security, economics, and environmental considerations interact in developing energy policy decisions.

In addition to the workshop organizers, participants represented a variety of organizations, including the automotive industry, distinguished universities, national laboratories, and "think tanks." The event brought together leaders from diverse backgrounds to identify promising areas for energy policy, based on understanding the issues, assumptions, and priorities from three intersecting perspectives of energy policy: security, economics, and the environment.

More information: The full report, as well as an Executive Summary, are now available online at www.sandia.gov/news/publications/white-papers/index.html

Source: Sandia National Laboratories (news : web)

Explore further: Canadian ministers discuss energy issues

Related Stories

Canadian ministers discuss energy issues

September 22, 2005

Canada's energy ministers ended their annual meeting Wednesday in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, concerned about the impact of higher energy costs.

EU energy policy encounters difficulties

February 8, 2006

The European Union's efforts to boost European energy security are reportedly conflicting with some EU member states' national security interests.

Purdue to host energy meeting

August 14, 2006

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is to deliver opening remarks Aug. 29 at the Richard Lugar-Purdue Summit on Energy Security.

U.S., China sign energy agreement

September 17, 2007

The U.S. Department of Energy has joined with China in agreeing to increase cooperation to heighten energy efficiency in China's industrial sector.

Report examines limits of national power grid simulations

May 7, 2009

America's power grid today resembles the country's canal system of the 19th Century. A marvel of engineering for its time, the canal system eventually could not keep pace with the growing demands of transcontinental transportation.

Recommended for you

US ends bulk collection of phone data

November 30, 2015

The US government has halted its controversial program to collect vast troves of information from Americans' phone calls, a move prompted by the revelations of former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.