Back Forty

EPRI Journal looks back 40 years at the electricity sector and research

Electricity R&D Planning in 1976

In 1976, three issues drove EPRI’s R&D planning to a large extent:

  • Potential adverse effects from restrictions to power supplies resulting from high cost or limited availability
  • Dependence on foreign fuel sources and the need to rely on U.S. coal and uranium, at least through 2000
  • Long lead times required to change the mix of energy resources