Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Robyn Purchia


Department Of Energy Releases Strategic Plan With Priority On Vehicle Efficiency

April 21st, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.


Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its comprehensive, Strategic Plan 2014. The Plan provides a roadmap for the DOE’s work over the next four years and highlights its major priorities.

“Following this roadmap, the Department will continue building a cleaner energy environment, strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and fostering innovation in the process,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The priorities outlined in this plan are critical to advancing the nation’s energy security and providing for a more secure and prosperous country for future generations.”

It’s clear from the Plan that implementing President Obama’s Climate Action Plan through the use of “all of the above” energy technologies will be a high priority for the DOE over the next four years. The Plan promises to halve the county’s net oil imports by 2020 by accelerating development of new transportation technologies. This includes development of advanced lightweight materials, improvements in aerodynamics, and engines and power train technologies to improve vehicle efficiency. DOE will also continue to develop advanced batteries and fuel cells, alternative fuels, and encourage vehicle electrification.

To accelerate development, the Plan reestablishes DOE’s commitment to use the federal loan program to support project developers deploying “all of the above” energy technologies. Yes, “all of the above.” This means that the widest possible swath of companies can expect to benefit from government-funded efforts to improve vehicle efficiency, diversify fuel sources, and reduce emissions. The hope is that increased government spending will support a range of clean energy and advance vehicle technologies.

The Plan has specific goals and performance targets. For example, DOE analysis has indicated that costs in the range of $125/kWh are required for a broad range of plugin-electric vehicles to be cost-competitive with gasoline-powered vehicles. So the DOE has set a performance target of reducing the cost of plug-in vehicle battery technology from its current value of below $400/kWh to $300/kWh by 2015 and $125/kWh by 2022.

While it’s always hard to trust that government bureaucracies will deliver on their promises, the DOE’s Strategic Plan does set forth some pretty exciting goals. We could see greater government funding going to development of new technologies and a strong market push for electric vehicles and alternative fuels. Things could dramatically change in just four years. Lets keep those fingers crossed.

Check out the DOE’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018 here.

Source: Autoblog Green

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  • JamesWimberley

    Strategic plans don’t mean much by themselves. You find out what an organization thinks important from its budgets. Moniz is constrained by Obama’s fence-sitting with “all of the above”. However, the plan mentions clean energy a lot more than nuclear, where the language is lukewarm. The plan brackets geothermal in with fossil fuels as an extractive technology – an interesting framing, suggesting the DoE is trying to nudge oil and gas companies in this direction, where they actually do have relevant expertise, as well as lots of cash.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perhaps not fence sitting as political wisdom. No reason to make enemies if it can be avoided.

      Look at the administration’s actions.

      Obama picked Moniz.

      The rules for federal nuclear build subsidies were tightened making the borrowers put more of their company’s capital at risk.

      The permitting process for renewables on federal lands have been greatly improved with very large areas pre-approved for use.

      The EPA is closing a couple hundred coal plants.

      Mileage requirements were greatly increased and extended to trucks and SUVs. Recently to large trucks as well.

      There’s favoritism being played out. And renewables and efficiency are being favored.

      • sault

        The EPA isn’t closing coal plants. Their operators are realizing that the older, dirty plants are uneconomic once they can’t dump most of their pollution onto the surrounding communities without paying a dime to cover the damage it causes. Even with the modest pollution reduction measures the EPA is mandating, these coal plant operators have run the numbers and discovered that a lot of these plants don’t make sense.

        • Bob_Wallace

          That, I suppose, is a more accurate telling.

          How about –

          The EPA, under PBO, has set emissions standards that would be difficult for some coal plants to meet. The cost of compliance would be too high.

          Therefore the owners are deciding to close those plants.

          You may not wish to, but I’ll pass the credit back up to where the buck stops. I really doubt this would have happened under President Willard.

  • Banned by Bob

    Obama hasn’t appointed many good leaders. But Moniz may be his strongest appointment and perhaps the best person I can remember to ever lead the DOE.

  • Will E

    Train is Electric with a Power line above. It Works.
    Nobody want Steam Locks nomore
    highways can get Power line under. Induction charging while driving.
    lot of money to be made in Transport. with no more diesel costs.
    It Works. Nobody want diesel Trucks nomore.

    • Tom G.

      I think you are totally right Will E. Well all except for the “Steam Locks” which I would have written as Diesel Locks, LOL. But hey everything else was right on the money. In about 20-50 years everyone of your projections will become true for several reasons and here are just a few.

      1. Makes financial sense because fossil fuel will become too expensive to use for transportation even for trains.
      2. Climate Change or Global Warming or whatever they will be calling it in 2024 will be upon us.
      3. Our public utilities will be looking for a bunch of new customers since battery storage of onsite rooftop and parking lot solar power will be common place eliminating the need for much of our generation resources.
      4. And last but not least, it is my projection that people will finally realize that wasting 60% of every BTU of heat energy we create is not a valid long term strategy.
      Excellent posting Will E.

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