U.S. Energy Infrastructure: ‘What’s Past is Prologue'
conference contributionposted on 2019-07-31, 20:14 authored by Fred Beach
The world is undergoing a variety of energy transitions as a result of demographic, economic, climatic, technological, and social forces that are shifting how we acquire and utilize energy. These transitions will result in trillions of dollars of infrastructure investment by 2050. However, it is currently unclear what infrastructure will be needed in coming years and how different transitions will impact existing public and private stakeholders. Consequently, it is possible we will make long-lasting infrastructure investments without understanding the full range of costs and impacts. This work intends to inform those investments by creating decision support tools about and providing an extensive look at how future energy services are provided and energy resources are produced, moved, and consumed throughout the United States.
This presentation was given in July 2019 at the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting held in Tacoma, Washington.