Benefits to the United States of Increasing Global Uptake of Clean Energy Technologies

David Kline

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


A previous report describes an opportunity for the United States to take leadership in efforts to transform the global energy system toward clean energy technologies (CET). An accompanying analysis to that report provides estimates of the economic benefits to the United States of such a global transformation on the order of several hundred billion dollars per year by 2050. This report describesthe methods and assumptions used in developing those benefit estimates. It begins with a summary of the results of the analysis based on an updated and refined model completed since the publication of the previous report. The framework described can be used to estimate the economic benefits to the U.S. of coordinated global action to increase the uptake of CETs worldwide. Together with a MonteCarlo simulation engine, the framework can be used to develop plausible ranges for benefits, taking into account the large uncertainty in the driving variables and economic parameters. The resulting estimates illustrate that larger global clean energy markets offer significant opportunities to the United States economy.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A2-47807


  • CET
  • clean energy technology
  • energy policy
  • GHG
  • global
  • greenhouse gases (GHG)
  • international
  • markets
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • oil


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