The Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future (RBAEF)
RBAEF is an ongoing project jointly led by Dartmouth College and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Energy Foundation, and the National Commission on Energy Policy.
RBAEF is a multi-institution, multi-sponsor project initiated in the spring of 2003 with two primary objectives:
What's Different About This Project?
The project is differentiated from previous efforts by the breadth of technologies considered, the diversity of organizations involved (technical, environmental advocacy, policy), and its forward-looking character. With respect to the latter, our analysis is focused on mature technology that can reasonably be expected in the future given a concerted effort. In addition, we consider the possibility of changes to the status quo that leverage the benefits of advanced energy supply technologies, including high productivity energy crops, high vehicle efficiency, and integrated food and energy production.
Working Hypotheses Under Consideration