The PowerBook is a menu of á la carte options, not a blueprint that requires every element to hold it together. It is designed to provide federal policymakers and regulators with a selection of policy ideas to help solve specific challenges in how our nation produces, transports, and consumes energy.
The PowerBook is divided into five economic sectors: power, transmission, buildings and efficiency, industry, and transportation. Each sector includes multiple components, which are specific elements of that sector that require some policy change. Components that impact multiple sectors, such as clean energy finance or regulatory reform, are included in a sixth cross-sector section.
Each component has three parts: a short overview, an analysis of the challenges and opportunities for energy, employment, and the environment, and an implementation section that outlines specific actions that Congress, the administration, or the independent regulatory agencies can take. The policy recommendations in the implementation section are intended to serve as frameworks for more detailed legislation or regulatory reform proposals.
The components in the PowerBook reflect the input from a broad group of business leaders, policymakers, analysts, and academics. We will update them regularly to add new policy ideas, revise existing proposals, and reflect progress made in Congress or through the regulatory process. We invite readers to provide us suggestions to build upon the proposals in our components or new policies we should consider adding. Please send us your comments via the contact page.
The PowerBook provides both pragmatic ideas to move America toward cleaner energy and data showing the potential impacts that these policies could have on our energy systems and economy. By combining several datasets, from economy-wide to industry-specific, we have developed a basic methodology for each component to estimate the effects these policies would have on CO2, conventional pollutants, and domestic energy needs. While future, independent modeling will provide higher accuracy, the current metrics offer a general barometer of impact and a way to compare the effects of various components.