EFI Reports

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EFI Unveils New Report on Carbon Removal Technologies at Climate Week

“Clearing the Air: A Federal RD&D Initiative and Management Plan for Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies,” is a 12-month study of innovative technologies for carbon dioxide removal (CDR).

The report outlines a 10-year RD&D initiative to bring to commercial readiness innovative CDR technologies at gigaton scale, at technology-specific cost targets, with minimal ecological impacts.

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A Framework for the Green Real Deal

The climate crisis has transformed economy-wide decarbonization into a moral, social, environmental, and economic imperative. This framework from Ernest J. Moniz and the team at The Energy Futures Initiative proposes key principles and realistic strategies for achieving deep-decarbonization by mid-century.

EFI welcomes your feedback on the Green Real Deal White Paper, including additional ideas as well as suggestions to further advance ideas. Also, in keeping with the spirit of coalition building, EFI would welcome the opportunity to engage in follow-on dialogue on the Green Real Deal. Please send any comments, including expressions of interest in follow-on dialogue, to info@energyfuturesinitiative.org. Thank you.

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California Energy Study Outlines Ambitious Agenda to Maintain Global Leadership

The Energy Futures Initiative report “Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for Deep Decarbonization in California,’’ analyzes ways the state can meet its aggressive 2030 low-carbon energy goals and outlines the innovation agenda needed for midcentury deep decarbonization.

The report team, led by EFI founder and CEO Ernest J. Moniz, conducted a modeling-informed analysis that included a top-down assessment of California’s deep decarbonization, as well as multiple bottom-up models that approximated how various technologies can contribute to the reduction of emissions.

Download the full report, Summary for Policymakers, and Fact Sheet below.

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EFI-BPC Report: More Funding Needed for Carbon Removal Technologies

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center and Energy Futures Initiative finds that historical federal investments in carbon removal technologies fall far short of the funding levels a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) assessment indicated are necessary to drive technology advances to meet international emissions reduction targets and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Download the full report and read the press release below


The 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

The U.S. Energy & Employment Report provides a unique window on the people who meet the nation’s energy needs, and identifies important trends and skill sets for the 21st Century energy workforce. Energy Futures Initiative, a not-for-profit clean energy think tank led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials, which represents the 56 governor-designated State and Territory energy officials, teamed up to produce the 2018 USEER and are again producing this report. Find out more at usenergyjobs.org.

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Clean Energy Innovation Report Identifies Breakthrough Technologies

Research led by Energy Futures Initiative Chief Executive Officer and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities in the U.S. clean energy innovation landscape.

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New Report on Natural Gas Development in Africa

The Energy Futures Initiative and the Africa50Infrastructure Investment Platform teamed up to produce a report on the opportunities and benefits of natural gas development in Africa.

Investing in Natural Gas for Africans: Doing Good and Doing Well, commissioned by Africa50, was produced by a team under the direction of EFI Principal Melanie Kenderdine and explores the scale of potential domestic demand by mid-century, along with the technologies that can help increase that demand and deliver the supply and infrastructure needs associated with such an expansion.


Promising Blockchain Applications for Energy: Separating the Signal from the Noise

This EFI report provides a critical examination of energy applications for blockchain technology, focusing on five key areas—distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, energy trading platforms, carbon registries, and transactions in emerging markets.


The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

EFI, in partnership with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), funded and produced the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), which was originated at the Department of Energy in 2016. The report offers unique data on the 6.5 million people employed in the Traditional and Energy Efficiency sectors. A supplement to the USEER details the breakdown of energy jobs in the 50 states and District of Columbia.


Leveraging the DOE Loan Programs

This EFI report shows how a report on how the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office could deploy nearly $40 billion in available credit authority to help rebuild critical U.S. energy infrastructure.


Advancing Large Scale Carbon Management: Expansion of the 45Q Tax Credit

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the opportunities associated with the expanded federal tax incentives for carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), and outlines implementation challenges facing CCUS project developers and policymakers.


The U.S. Nuclear Energy Enterprise: A Key National Security Enabler

This paper examines the role the U.S. nuclear energy enterprise plays in national security imperatives and outlines immediate actions that the government should take to ensure the viability of that sector.