In legislation appropriating funds for DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2000 energy RaD budget, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee directed an evaluation of the benefits that have accrued to the nation from the RaD conducted since 1978 in DOE's energy efficiency and fossil energy programs. In response to the congressional charge, the National Research Council formed the Committee on Benefits of DOE RaD on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy. From its inception, DOE's energy RaD program has been the subject of many outside evaluations. The present evaluation asks whether the benefits of the program have justified the considerable expenditure of public funds since DOE's formation in 1977, and, unlike earlier evaluations, it takes a comprehensive look at the actual outcomes of DOE's research over two decades.In addition there are severe technical problems remaining before it can be commercialized in significant volumes, notably the cost and a fuel infrastructure. ... their potential was sufficient to have warranted starting them in the first place or whether they should have been terminated sooner. ... The Toyota Prius has fuel economy of 58 mpg, about 1.5 times that of the comparable Corolla vehicle, and theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Energy Research at DOE:|
|Author||:||Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Benefits of DOE R&D on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2001-11-12|