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U.S. Energy Infrastructure Investment: Long-Term Strategic Planning to Inform Policy Development

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Executive Summary

With passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Energy has been given additional resources to advance the development of technologies that will provide a low-carbon supply of energy and will transfer much of the nation's transportation energy supply to the electric energy system. These changes will necessarily play out over decades as new technologies mature and existing ones are retired, with corresponding infrastructure investment lying in the multi-trillion dollar range. Yet, how is one to decide what technologies to build, how much of each, where, and when?

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