Southface presents reports on future energy and efficiency challenges, clean local power, and water

Atlanta’s Southface Energy Institute shared the following energy-related reports in their monthly email newsletter. The following is from the newsletter:

Below please find summaries and downloads for four new energy-related white papers recently authored by the World Resources Institute, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Southface. Dennis Creech, Southface’s Executive Director, is one of the authors. We hope you’ll find them interesting and thought-provoking.

Energy by the Numbers | Download document

Policymakers in the United States are facing significant energy challenges. Increasing demand for energy combined with concerns about energy security, fossil fuel price volatility, and the effects of global warming have many policymakers looking for ways to develop a cleaner, more effi cient, and secure energy economy. Meeting future energy demands requires solutions that address these fundamental challenges, yet are regionally appropriate.

Local Clean Power | Download document

Southeast states seeking solutions to current and future energy challenges have a major opportunity to use existing technology to harness local renewable energy resources. Our regional assessment, drawing on recent government and regional studies, suggests sufficient renewable energy resources to meet as much as 30 percent of the Southeast’s electric power needs within the next 15 years.

Power of Efficiency | Download document

Abundant efficiency opportunities in the Southeast can help meet regional energy needs. Efficiency investments can lead to economic and environmental benefits across several
sectors by reducing demand for electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuels. For the purposes of this brief we focus on efficiency’s role in meeting future electric power needs. With prompt policy action, energy efficiency improvements could reduce electricity use more than 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2025.

Water and Watts | Download document

The Southeast faces immense challenges in meeting the water and energy needs of a growing population. Efforts to ensure an adequate supply of one resource must recognize impacts on the other.

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