The Department of Energy has released details on six public meetings, which will collect stakeholder inputs for the Quadrennial Energy Review. The QER seeks to establish a robust framework and context for the DoE’s work in energy technology and is conducted every four years. The review will bring together the brightest minds in the energy sector to offer a detailed view into the energy technologies and their technical status. The DoE-QER takes inspiration from the Quadrennial Defense Review.
The US’ current energy infrastructure is being challenged by transformations in markets, energy supply, end use patterns, impact of climate change, physical as well as cyber threats and issues of capacity and aging. The QER will create a roadmap for tackling these issues.
The goal of the QER is to improve the US’ leadership position in clean energy technology and to address environmental challenges, as well as energy security in the nation.
What is going to happen next?
The DoE is the Secretariat for the Task force set up for the QER. It is expected to hold a number of meetings to discuss and receive feedback on developing a comprehensive strategy on the infrastructure required to transmit, deliver and transport energy to the US consumers. The meetings will also be attended by other federal units.
Ernest Moniz, Energy Secretary, said that the QER, which came about as a result of the President’s Climate Action Plan, will give a roadmap to develop the nation’s energy infrastructure, to support its energy security and economic competitiveness, making way for low carbon energy use in the future. He also said that most of the energy infrastructure in the nation was owned by private player,s, but states and cities nevertheless had a vital stake in these energy networks. He added that if the QER’s recommendations are to become concrete actions, local and state governments, industry, federal agencies, civil society and NGOs must participate and provide their input.
More on the DoE’s role in the QER
The QER, launched in January by President Obama is co-chaired by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Domestic Policy Council. It is also represented by relevant executive agencies and departments. The DoE will play a critical role in the QER by providing modeling, as well as policy analysis and coordinating engagement with stakeholders.
The first meetings will be held on April 11 at the Congressional Auditorium’s U.S Capital Visitor’s Center. The next five meetings will take place in Connecticut, North Dakota, Oregon, Louisiana and Chicago, respectively.