Currently, the Department of Energy (DOE) sets appliance efficiency standards using primarily "site" (or point-of-use) measurements, which reflect only the energy consumed to operate the appliance. Site measurements allow consumers to compare energy efficiency among appliances, but offer no information about other energy costs involved. This congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council recommends that DOE consider moving over time to the use of a full-fuel-cycle measure of energy consumption for assessment of national and environmental impacts. Using that metric would provide the public with more comprehensive information about the impacts of energy consumption on the environment, the economy, and other national concerns. This volume discusses these matters and offers several related findings and recommendations together with supporting information.
Table of Contents
|Attachment A Statement of Task||16-16|
|Attachment B Letter from Senator Gordon H. Smith||17-17|
|Attachment C Committee Meetings and Presentations Received||18-18|
|Attachment D Key Findings of 1999 RAND Study and 2005 Gard Analytics Study||19-20|
|Attachment E Written Material Provided Directly to the Committee||21-26|
|Attachment F Setting Energy Conservation Standards||27-32|
|Attachment G Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||33-37|
|Attachment H Minority Opinion of David H. Archer, Committee Member||38-38|
|Attachment I Minority Opinion of Ellen Berman, Committee Member||39-40|
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