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DOE’s Strategic Plan Ready to Influence Through 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce the effects of climate change during the next four years, according to the department’s 2014–2018 Strategic Plan. The DOE said it will focus on three strategic goals: science and energy, nuclear security and its own management and performance.

As the department moves forward to achieve its goals, industry leaders need to be prepared to comply with changing regulations that could impact their operations. A key aspect of the strategic plan is to carry out President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, in which the DOE will involve the energy sector.

“Following this road map, 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 in a statement. “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.”

Meeting Energy Goals Through Technological Innovations

In its first goal for enhancing science and energy, the DOE aims to promote advances in fundamental and applied sciences, which could lead to new developments in technological innovations in energy.

These technologies could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by power plants as well as improve the amount of renewable power generation in the nation.

For the President’s Climate Action Plan, the DOE said it hopes to achieve the administration’s goals by increasing energy productivity and supporting U.S.-made energy resources.

The plan also cites a growing need for renewable energy resources, which include wind, solar and hydropower. Increasing the amount of clean energy power generation could decrease the amount of total carbon emissions from power plants.

The DOE’s strategic plan cites needs for renewable energy sources to decrease the amount of total carbon emissions from power plants.

To optimize existing energy resources, the DOE hopes to increase efficiency in the power sector. The White House previously set an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target with new energy efficiency standards that could cut carbon pollution by 3 billion metric tons by 2030, according to the strategic plan.

To produce these new technologies as well as consumer goods and industrial equipment that could further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the DOE is looking at the overall picture.

The department aims to support U.S. manufacturing as the sector will help develop clean energy products. The department said it will invest in clean energy manufacturing institutes to improve production of components and processes that could facilitate clean energy productivity.