Second Energy Analysis Forum, May 29-30, 2002
"Analysis Related to the Role of Renewable Energy Technologies in Air-Quality Improvement"
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) second Energy Analysis Forum, was hosted by the Lab in collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The two-day event was held in Golden, Colorado.
This Energy Analysis Forum focused on analytic issues of importance to the nation's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The forum sessions, which were a combination of presentations and round-table discussions, included:
- Current approaches to air-quality improvement and additional needs for providing analytical support and technical assistance to those efforts
- Issues regarding urban air quality, regional haze, etc.
- Analytic tools related to regulatory programs and nonregulatory approaches
- Identifying approaches for defining needs, opportunities for integration, and key steps.
The final session included forum review and assessment comments from representatives of key institutions.
Please check out some of the presentations that were given at the forum, as well as background on our impressive group of speakers and panelists. We also developed a forum summary (MS Word 141 KB), highlighting some of the key points made by this group, as well as results of the breakout sessions and an assessment of analytic needs and recommendations.
When we held the first forum in 2001, our goal was to connect analysts with experts in the areas of market, technology, and policy — and we succeeded. By bringing these groups together, we gained valuable insight on analytic issues related to the adoption and use of renewables in regional power markets (more information on the first, third, fourth, and fifth forums can be found on these Web site).
The second energy analysis forum addressed analysis related to the role of renewables in a topic of local and national interest — air-quality improvement. This cross-disciplinary interaction helped us share knowledge on issues and approaches to improving air quality, on the potential roles of renewables in those efforts, and on analyses designed to help understand alternate approaches and their costs and benefits.
This forum helped participants - and all of us here at NREL - better understand the potential roles of renewables in improving air quality and to design and pursue analyses to improve that understanding.