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Southeast Energy Policy Briefs

The World Resources Institute (WRI), together with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Southface, compiled high-level overviews of regional opportunities to enhance energy efficiency, develop renewable electric power resources, and manage water-energy relationships.

Executive Summary

Local Clean Power

Southeast states seeking solutions to current and future energy challenges have a major opportunity to use existing technology to harness local renewable energy resources. Our regional assessment, drawing on recent government and regional studies, suggests sufficient renewable energy resources to meet as much as 30 percent of the Southeast’s electric power needs within the next 15 years.

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Power of Efficiency

Abundant efficiency opportunities in the Southeast can help meet regional energy needs. Efficiency investments can lead to economic and environmental benefits across several sectors by reducing demand for electricity, natural gas, and transportation fuels. This brief focuses on efficiency's role in meeting future electric power needs. With prompt policy action, energy efficiency improvements could reduce electricity use more than 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2025.

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Water and Watts

The Southeast faces immense challenges in meeting the water and energy needs of a growing population. Efforts to ensure an adequate supply of one resource must recognize impacts on the other. In this brief, without minimizing the importance of other energy-water relationships, we focus on these primary links in the Southeast: 1) Water demands for electric power production, and 2) Energy demands for heating and treating water and wastewater.

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Energy By the Numbers (Data Supplement)

Drawing primarily on data published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), this report presents a "snapshot" of the Southeast's regional energy-related statistics and trends. It also discusses important implications to help inform and provide context for the policy priorities noted in the series of companion reports on Southeast energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water and energy savings opportunities.

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