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Real Prospects for Energy Efficiency in the United States

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This report from the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering examines a wide range of energy efficiency technologies in the buildings, transportation, and industry sectors that are available now or expected to be developed in the normal course of business in the next decade. Assuming consumers and businesses will adopt these technologies more quickly than they have previously, the report finds that America could reduce energy use by 17% to 22% by 2020 and 25% to 31% by 2030. In buildings alone, these technologies could eliminate the need to increase electric-generating capacity, despite economic and population growth.