THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Board on Energy and Environmental Systems

Division on Engineering Physical Sciences

NOV 22 2002

The Honorable David K.Garman

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20585

Dear Assistant Secretary Garman:

I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the letter report, “Critique of the Sargent and Lundy Assessment of Cost and Performance Forecasts for Concentrating Solar Power Technology” which has been prepared by a committee operating under the aegis of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.

On behalf of the committee, I want to thank the members of your staff who provided substantial information and briefings for use in the study. The committee, in addition, found Sargent & Lundy highly responsive to the demands of interacting with the committee and providing updated drafts of their assessment. The committee also benefited from informative briefings by SunLab, the solar power industry and the broader community.

Please feel free to contact Martin Offutt, Responsible Staff Officer for the study at 202–334–2904, or James Zucchetto, Director, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, at 202–334–3222 if you would like more information on this or any other Board on Energy and Environmental Systems activity. If you would like to discuss the committee’s report, please feel free to call me at 608–263–1601.

Sincerely,

Gerald L. Kulcinski

Committee Chairman

cc: Sam Baldwin

Frank Wilkins

Tommy Rueckert



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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Energy and Environmental Systems Division on Engineering Physical Sciences NOV 22 2002 The Honorable David K.Garman Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20585 Dear Assistant Secretary Garman: I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the letter report, “Critique of the Sargent and Lundy Assessment of Cost and Performance Forecasts for Concentrating Solar Power Technology” which has been prepared by a committee operating under the aegis of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. On behalf of the committee, I want to thank the members of your staff who provided substantial information and briefings for use in the study. The committee, in addition, found Sargent & Lundy highly responsive to the demands of interacting with the committee and providing updated drafts of their assessment. The committee also benefited from informative briefings by SunLab, the solar power industry and the broader community. Please feel free to contact Martin Offutt, Responsible Staff Officer for the study at 202–334–2904, or James Zucchetto, Director, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, at 202–334–3222 if you would like more information on this or any other Board on Energy and Environmental Systems activity. If you would like to discuss the committee’s report, please feel free to call me at 608–263–1601. Sincerely, Gerald L. Kulcinski Committee Chairman cc: Sam Baldwin Frank Wilkins Tommy Rueckert NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING • INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE • NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL