A platform for making better informed energy decisions.
We believe energy transformation is possible.
Near Zero gets experts to discuss energy topics to reveal agreement, disagreement and the best opportunities for progress.
The increased use of natural gas for electricity would do little to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to this study, which combines energy modeling and a Near Zero expert elicitation of U.S. natural gas supply. This is primarily because abundant gas delays deployment of renewable electricity.
Survey on how the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would affect future oil sands production and greenhouse gas emissions. Results suggest the pipeline would likely increase emissions, even if the production from KXL replaced an equivalent amount of heavy crude oils, or was transported by rail instead.
Prices for photovolatic modules—the part of solar panels that produce electricity— will continue to fall in line with the long-term trend, according to Near Zero's expert elicitation. Continuing this trend will require on-going committments to research.
Government-funded R&D could help airborne wind energy—a burgeoning approach that harnesses high-altitude winds—to reach large scale quickly by overcoming some of the main technical barriers, according to a new expert survey by Near Zero.
Discussion over the different factors that the Department of Energy should consider in allocating RD&D resources among energy technologies of disparate maturity and potential time to impact, and then evaluated specific technologies.
In preparation for a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Near Zero invited 60 experts on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to answer 5 questions on the future cost and environmental benefit of PHEVs.
Near Zero is a nonprofit that aims to increase the frequency and value of dialogue among energy experts and to make this expertise more accessible to those who make and influence energy-related decisions in government, business, and NGO’s. The result will be a rich, digital cache of actionable information to guide energy policy and investment decisions.
Working with decision makers, journalists and influentials to identify critical energy issues, Near Zero will initiate, moderate and synthesize transparent online discussions as well as expert elicitations among foremost experts from industry and academia.