Past Seminar

The Future of Fuel: Toward the Next Decade of US Energy Policy

Nov 28, 2012 Video

About the Event

In the past few years, several factors—including the shale gas and tight oil revolutions, US Environmental Protection Agency regulatory activities on carbon dioxide and conventional pollutants, and the Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima disasters—have combined to create a highly uncertain picture of future US energy supply and use. This uncertainty, in turn, leads to a challenging environment for both policy and investment decisions.
Within this context, as part of its First Wednesday Seminar Series and Resources 2020 60th anniversary celebrations, RFF is hosting a panel discussion, The Future of Fuel: Toward the Next Decade of US Energy Policy. This seminar highlighted the future of five key fuels—oil, coal, natural gas, renewables, and nuclear—over the next decade, while also considering the future of energy efficiency.
The session began with a brief overview of the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) projection for each fuel, setting the stage for remarks by panelists on what market and policy drivers may influence or change those projections. This 90-minute session offered insight into the future of energy use in the United States, including what additional research is needed to best understand the US energy outlook in 2020.

Krupnick, Holmstead, Palmer

Opening Remarks:

Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future 


Kristin Hayes, Center Manager,
Center for Energy Economics and Policy and Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, Resources for the Future

EIA Projections:

Michael Schaal, US Energy Information Administration
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  • Nuclear: Richard Meserve, President, Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Coal: Jeff Holmstead, Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Oil: Frank Verrastro, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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  • Natural Gas: Alan Krupnick, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Energy Economics and Policy, Resources for the Future
  • Renewables: Doug Arent, National Renewable Energy Laboratories
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  • Energy Efficiency: Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow and Research Director, Resources for the Future

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  • Alan J. Krupnick, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Karen L. Palmer, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF