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"Today, I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sources within 10 years." -- Al Gore, July 17, 2008

"Today, I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean, carbon-free sources within 10 years." -- Al Gore, July 17, 2008
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Collection of technology resources relating to the challenge that Al Gore gave on July 17, 2008 to the United States of America to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources within ten years.

PES Network, Inc. and the New Energy Congress (NEC) are involved in preparing a 10-Year Plan to show how such a thing could be accomplished.

This page will index our documentation as it is made ready.

On Sept. 3, 2008, the NEC sent a proposal to to receive funding to identify the most plausible technologies that can enable the U.S. to achieve the objective of 100% renewable electricity within 10 years.

Proposal Excerpt 
"Currently, on the website, there is no presentation of a plan elaborating what technologies could be put to use to meet the 10-year objective. The NEC can be of assistance in this regard, being uniquely suited to present such a proposal. No other organization has a mission to review the most promising renewable energy technologies worldwide and to rank them in a publicly accessible listing. Composing first an overview (Phase I), followed by a detailed plan (Phase II), with continuous updating throughout the implementation of the plan (Phase III) to accomplish the 10-year objective in the United States is well within the ability of the Congress."


PES/NEC Articles and Resources


New Energy Congress
  • Top 100:  Geothermal > Raser >
    Raser is Rapidly Deploying Cost-Effective Geothermal Power - Raser could cost-effectively deploy their technology to harness enough geothermal energy to provide 10% or more of the U.S. electrical demand. This same technology by Raser can be used to harvest waste heat from power plants, whether nuclear, natural gas, coal, or even solar. The left-over, low-grade heat will work just fine to drive the United Technologies Corporation generators manufactured for Raser. This otherwise unused source of energy could probably answer for yet another five percent of the U.S. energy portfolio. (PESN; Sept. 4, 2008)

"Biomass derived coal, off-shore wind, ocean energy (wave, current, tidal), Integrated Solar, Combined Cycle Biomass Gasification, high efficiency power distribution, waste heat recovery, Silicon PV, Run-Of-River Turbines. Poplar wood can produce 2000 gallons of fuel per acre. Aquatic energy does this with algae today. If we converted the 45 million acres of biofuel crops to algae and poplar we would not need foreign oil." -- Daniel Bowers (Sept. 9, 2008)


Al Gore's July 17, 2008 Challenge to Repower America

5.51 Minutes. 100 Percent Renewable Power
Watch Al Gore's challenge to repower America. Learn more and take action at We can solve it. (YouTube; July 2008)

Official Sites

  • - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is leading the venture community to invest in and accelerate Green technology solutions and policy innovations. "In search of the next big idea."

TV AD: Give us 100% Clean Energy Within 10 Years

(1 minute)

  • "We must save our economy, lower fuel costs, free ourselves from our addiction to oil, and solve the climate crisis. To do this, we must demand that we Repower America with 100% clean electricity within 10 years." (YouTube; August 15, 2008)

Other Coverage

  • Gore Shoots For Not One, But Ten Moons - Al Gore's widely publicised plan to move America to 100% renewable power in ten years is one of the boldest ploys by a politician - or quasi politician - in years. Even normally hostile commentators have taken the idea fairly seriously, which shows that the world has moved a long way in a few years or even just a few months. There is no denying that moving from a largely fossil-fuel based electricity generating system to all renewables is an astoundingly difficult physical and political task. In fact 90% of all US power comes from coal, natural gas, and oil (in that order). (Post Carbon Institute; July 22, 2008)
  • A Response to Gore's Call for 100 Percent Renewable Power - Post Carbon Institute thanks Al Gore for so clearly and persuasively articulating the most urgent action needed to safeguard America’s future, and that of the entire world in his speech on July 17, 2008. As the name of our organization indicates, we believe that our highest collective priority must be to get off fossil fuels fast. (Post Carbon Institute; July 22, 2008)
  • Gore wants U.S. electricity grid to run on renewable energy by 2018 - Military-intelligence studies warning of "dangerous national security implications" tied to climate change, including the possibility of "hundreds of millions of climate refugees" causing instability around the world, and Al Gore said the United States is dangerously vulnerable because of its reliance on foreign oil. (International Herald Tribune; July 17, 2008)

Other Plans

  • Obama Energy Advice - An ongoing series of cogent comments, advice and recommendations relating to President Obama's administration energy policy. (OilDrum; Jan. 12, 2009)
  • Alaska Energy: A First Step Toward Energy Independence - The Alaska Energy Authority has released a comprehensive guide that calls for obtaining half of the state's electricity from renewable resources by 2025. It also identifies and prioritizes energy projects, puts into place legal and government structures needed to allow them to move forward and identifies potential funding sources. (Alaska Energy Authority; Jan. 2009)
  • Solar:Largest >
    World’s Most Ambitious Solar Plan in LA - The city of Los Angles, CA is taking up the world’s most ambitious solar power project, Solar LA (26-page PDF). This project will be the largest solar power plan started by any city in the world. They are planning to install 1.3 Giga Watts (GW) of solar power and register their city’s name in the book of green economy. (Alternative Energy; Dec. 19, 2008)
  • Geothermal >
    Onshore Energy Security Program - The Onshore Energy Security Program (OESP), implemented by the Australian Government as part of a broader package of energy initiatives in 2006, is a five-year program designed to deliver reliable, precompetitive geoscience data and scientifically based assessments of the potential for onshore energy resources, including oil, gas, hot rocks (geothermal energy), uranium and thorium. 5-year plan 21-page PDF (Geoscience Australia; Dec. 1, 2008)
  • Wind >
    Wind Energy Multiyear Program Plan For 2007 - 2012 - The Wind Energy Program is one element of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technology Program (WHTP) under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE leads the Federal government’s research, development, and deployment efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy. 115-page PDF. 2.2 MB. (; Nov. 29, 2008)
  • The Manhattan Project of 2009 - The plan needed to deal with the oil crisis is not for the faint of heart. But, if devised with skill and executed with determination, it can lead us into a new world of affordable energy, national security, and a stable environment. (Jeff Wilson; Nov. 22, 2008)
  • Hawaii Takes Bold Renewable Energy Initiatives - "This is a detailed plan to implement the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative with sweeping changes that are needed to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuel and to achieve a more secure energy and economic future," said Governor Lingle. "I feel strongly that the state and our major utility can and must continue finding common ground in moving forward and taking decisive and bold steps toward an energy-independent Hawaii." (Renewable Energy World; Nov. 10, 2008)
  • Clean Energy 2030 Initiative by Google - The energy team at Google has been crunching the numbers to see how we could greatly reduce fossil fuel use by 2030, suggesting a potential path to weaning the U.S. off of coal and oil for electricity generation by 2030 (with some remaining use of natural gas as well as nuclear), and cutting oil use for cars by 40%. (PESWiki; Oct. 2, 2008)
  • Pickens Plan - The economic benefits of wind power, and how it has helped revitalize the small town of Sweetwater, Texas.

Similar Initiatives Internationally

  • African Renewable Energy Gains Attention - Sub-Saharan Africa could provide more than 170 gigawatts of additional power-generation capacity -- more than double the region's current installations -- through 3,200 "low-carbon" energy projects, such as combined heat-and-power, biofuels production, mass transportation, and energy efficiency, according to a World Bank report. (WorldWatch Institute; Sept. 10, 2008)

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