The US government really does have a plan for how advanced-drivetrain technology will help the country meet its goal of cutting petroleum imports in half by the end of the decade, which means US emissions will need to be 17 percent lower than they were in 2005. The plans involves, among other things, battery improvements, hydrogen fuel-cell technology, biofuels and more vehicle-electrification advancements. Not to mention lions, and tigers and bears. Oh my.

The widest possible swath of companies can expect to benefit from the government-funded efforts.

The details are laid out in the Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (PDF), which the Department of Energy released last week. And it admittedly and proudly takes an "all of the above" approach when it comes to transportation-related petroleum-dependence reduction over the next four years, meaning that the widest possible swath of companies can expect to benefit from the government-funded efforts (thanks, politics). The plan also says the US will double the amount of energy produced by renewable sources such as wind, sun and geothermal sources. A lot of public-private partnerships will continue to be involved, and we envision many photo opportunities.

Check out the Department of Energy press release below and take a look at the 27-page plan here.
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Department of Energy Releases 2014 Strategic Plan

Washington, D.C. - The Department of Energy today released its 2014 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

"Following this roadmap, the Department will continue building a cleaner energy environment, strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and fostering innovation in the process," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. " The priorities outlined in this plan are critical to advancing the nation's energy security and providing for a more secure and prosperous country for future generations."

The DOE Strategic Plan is organized into 12 strategic objectives aimed at three distinct goals – Science and Energy, Nuclear Security and Management and Performance. These objectives represent the broad cross-cutting and collaborative efforts taking place across the Department's headquarters, site offices, and national laboratories. These include, but are not limited to:

Advancing the goals of the President's Climate Action Plan by supporting prudent development, deployment, and efficient use of "all of the above" energy resources that also create new jobs and industries;
Delivering the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools that transform our understanding of nature and strengthen the connection between advances in fundamental science to technology innovation;
Maintaining the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent without nuclear testing; and
Strengthening key science, technology, and engineering capabilities and modernizing the national security infrastructure.


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      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      All Other energy source will be Obsolete in just 5 Years, as solar prices continue to drop and solar capacity continues to increase. Only a FOOL would "invest" in "All Energy", esp. Fracking, Tar Sands and Coal.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        I'd like that to be true, coolwaters, but i'm not delusional.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        "Only a FOOL would "invest" in "All Energy", esp. Fracking, Tar Sands and Coal." I'd stay away from coal . . . that stuff is crap because it pollutes too much and we just don't need it when we have solar PV, wind, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower, solar thermal, waves, geothermal, etc. But Fracking and Tar Sands will provide decent returns . . . we are too addicted to oil. This is why EVs are such a critical technology to advance.
        scraejtp
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        What is your planned mass energy storage device? While the DOE plan may be spread along too many technologies, it isn't smart to rely on one or two either as exampled by our dependence on oil.
          Spec
          • 8 Months Ago
          @scraejtp
          Why do you think we really need mass energy storage? We don't really need much. Between source diversification, geographic distribution, efficiency, demand-response, dispatchables like biogas/hydropower, and other techniques . . . you just really don't need much mass storage. But pumped hydro, compressed air, thermal storage, and batteries can all be used in niches where it is needed.
          Joeviocoe
          • 8 Months Ago
          @scraejtp
          molten salt for solar thermal plants will be a big thing. It can stay hot all through the night... and run steam turbines. But rooftop solar, combined with local battery storage will grow too.
        brotherkenny4
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        The myths amongst many regarding fracking, tar sands and coal are too strong. They must be allowed to invest significantly so that their financial failure is spectacular or else they will exist as myths of the right forever. Low returns on investment and fast decay in outputs will inhibit future private investment. It would be better to put the money where it would do real good, but the bulk of america doesn't know where that is. They only know what they get from their average morning TV show or the local news, which is designed to make them pathetic followers. It's much the same as our foreign policy which is really economic empirialism. Most americans think we are the defenders of freedom, but we are really just the most cruel and powerful empire at the moment. The people are so distanced from reality that it is not possible to acheive a political majority without pandering to the moronic masses. So at best you can have a neutral policy that says it will have true competition decide the winners. The last thing we want is for the fossil industry to have the excuse that "the government won't let them develop these resources". What we want is for them to invest and lose as they will, because these are loser technologies. Watch as the price on your three evil sources go so high that the alternatives win. Just hope the brainwashed aren't so lost in their mythology that they refuse to wake up before we destroy the planet.
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Meh . . . it is not wise to try to predict where future technology advances will be. Solar is pretty cheap as is and if it gets even cheaper then it will really great.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      We are moving into an era of Drought, that will only get worse. This month, for example beef prices have skyrocketed. Why? Last years drought brought a flood of beef onto the market, now that's consumed, and we now have a short fall of beef production. The southwest has been in heavy drought for 5 years. Fracking and coal require massive amounts of water to process and produce. Do you want that water for food or for a free regulation free pollution zone. Short Term Unregulated Capitalism is pretty much the Worse Economic System in the World, except for Communism.
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      They are incompetent indifferent bureaucrats. Simple as that.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Yup; it's about time to stop expecting them to fix problems. They create more than they fix. Government bears no responsibility for it's actions, and here in America, nobody holds their feet to the fire when they really screw up. It's really time to stop believing in the superstition that they will provide us answers for the future. Our current president talks a good game, but you know the wars for oil will continue into the future, and keystone XL will get built - it is only stalled for now.
          Spec
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Actually, we hold their feet to the fire every election. But the problem is that we are so polarized right now that we are kinda stuck in gridlock because of divided government and lack of any cooperation. And even when Obama adopts an idea that the GOP had backed, they suddenly change their mind on that idea. A practice that now has the name of "black-tracking".
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