||Oklahoma Univ., Norman. Science and Public Policy Program.;Federal Energy Administration, Washington, D.C.;National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.;Energy Research and Development Administration, Washington, D.C.;Council on Environmental Quality, Washington, D.C.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.;Federal Power Commission, Washington, D.C.
This report develops a methodology for systematically identifying, assessing, and comparing energy alternatives in environmental impact statements (EIS). The report provides descriptions and data on the major energy resource systems in the United States and suggests procedures for using these descriptions and data. The study consists of two major parts. Part I contains descriptions of the coal, oil shale, crude oil, natural gas, tar sands, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, organic wastes, and solar energy resource systems plus descriptions of electric power generation and energy consumption. Each resource system description contains data and information on energy efficiencies, environmental residuals and economic costs. Part II describes procedures for using the descriptions and data contained in Part I in systematically evaluating and comparing the residuals, efficiencies, and economic costs of a proposed energy action and its alternatives, and suggests procedures for impact analyses.