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Near Zero gets experts to discuss energy topics to reveal agreement, disagreement and the best opportunities for progress.


The effect of natural gas supply on U.S. renewable energy and CO2 emissions

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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.

23 experts participated in this discussion.
Selected Press: Washington Post, Science

Keystone XL: The Climate Impact

An Expert Elicitation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.

26 experts participated in this discussion.

How Low Will Photovoltaic Prices Go?

Summary of a Near Zero Expert Elicitation

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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.

21 experts participated in this discussion.

Energy High in the Sky

Expert Perspectives on Airborne Wind Energy Systems

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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.

39 experts participated in this discussion.

Department of Energy Funding Priorities

An Expert Discussion

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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.

15 experts participated in this discussion.

The Future of PHEVs

Expert Perspectives on Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Monday, June 21, 2010

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.

19 experts participated in this discussion.

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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.

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