In 2006, the Energy Future Coalition launched 25x'25, and since then it has grown into the premier renewable energy initiative in the agricultural community. The 25x'25 U.S. vision is for the U.S. to supply 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025 while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.
The 25x'25 Alliance consists of hundreds of partners, ranging from large corporations to nonprofit groups to individuals eager for a new energy future. The 25x'25 vision has been endorsed by 11 governors, 24 former governors, 15 state legislators, and was adopted in the 2007 energy bill. Through the 25x'25 Alliance, partners are working together to advance renewable energy solutions that are clean, domestically based, and stimulate new economic activity in the U.S.
This video, produced for the 2010 25x'25 National Summit, details some of the ways in which the U.S. can reach the 25x'25 goal:
The U.S. has an abundant supply of renewable feedstocks and resources right here in our backyard, including wind, geothermal, biomass (agricultural and forestry products and residues, energy crops, and yard clippings), biogas, solar, and others. The American Council on Renewable Energy estimates that new renewable energy could meet all of U.S. energy needs through 2025, and an economic study produced by the University of Tennessee for 25x'25 determined that benefits of meeting the 25% goal include:
25x'25 has facilitated efforts to generate consensus policy recommendations, create sustainability principles, and identify opportunities for agriculture and forestry's participation in a low-carbon economy. 25x'25 and the University of Tennessee released this report that predicted positive impacts of climate legislation on the agriculture sector: Analysis of the Implications of Climate Change and Energy Legislation to the Agricultural Sector.
The 25x’25 National Steering Committee chartered a special Carbon Initiative Work Group in 2008 to analyze agriculture and forestry’s role in a reduced carbon economy. The Work Group, which is composed of nationally recognized producers, economists, conservationists and academic and business leaders, has been carefully examining opportunities to participate in a reduced carbon economy and has concluded that agriculture and forestry can and will deliver substantial emission reductions and carbon sequestration services.
Released in July 2010, 25x'25 published a report titled Meeting the Goal: A Progress Report, which details the steps that the U.S. has taken to reach the 25% renewable energy mark by 2025.