Obama Administration releases progress report on its energy efforts
12 March 2012
The Obama Administration released a progress report highlighting its achievements in meeting the “all-of-the-above” energy plan outlined in the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future released last year. The accomplishments in the report represent the combined efforts of six Federal agencies: The Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The report groups the efforts into five main categories: increasing energy independence through increased domestic production of oil and natural gas; building a 21st century transportation sector; investing in clean energy, including renewables and nuclear; building more livable communities; and innovating for the next generation.
The progress report I received today from members of my administration underscores the headway our nation has made towards reducing our reliance on foreign oil, while also expanding American made energy. As the report highlights, we have made progress, with imports of foreign oil decreasing by a million barrels a day in the last year alone. Our focus on increased domestic oil and gas production, currently at an eight-year high, combined with the historic fuel economy standards we put in place, means that we will continue to reduce our nation’s vulnerability to the ups and downs of the global oil market.
We’ve also made progress in the expansion of clean energy, with renewable energy from sources like wind and solar on track to double, along with the construction of our first advanced biofuel refineries. And yet, despite the gains we’ve made, today’s high gas prices are a painful reminder that there’s much more work to do free ourselves from our dependence on foreign oil and take control of our energy future.—President Obama
Transportation. The report emphasizes the first fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, and the new round of fuel economy/greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles. The report also emphasizes the investments made by the Administration that will enable the US to produce enough batteries and components to support the manufacture of one million plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2015.
In 2008, the report notes, a typical battery for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a 40-mile electric range cost $12,000 (assuming a 10 kWh battery pack). In part because of the investments made by the Administration, the US is on track to demonstrate technology by 2015 that would reduce the cost of that 10 kWh pack to $3,600, the report says.
In 2010, President Obama set a goal of breaking ground on at least four commercial scale cellulosic or advanced biorefineries by 2013. That goal has been accomplished, one year ahead of schedule, according to the report. Together, these projects, and associated demonstration and pilot projects will produce a combined total of nearly 100 million gallons per year of advanced biofuels capacity.
Further, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), which the Administration funded for the first-time ever in 2009, has supported more than 120 individual projects aimed at achieving new and transformational energy breakthroughs.
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