NREL Decision Support for States and Tribes

Decision Support for States

NREL technical experts provide unbiased information on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and issues for state and local government decision makers through their energy efficiency technical assistance team and solar decision support.

Decision Support for Tribes

To connect tribes with credible, timely, and actionable scientific information on which to base their energy decisions, NREL provides the following tailored programs:

  • Technology and Market Analytics. NREL provides credible research and analyticsPDF to identify impactful opportunities for energy development on tribal lands. Drawing on NREL’s deep scientific and technical knowledge related to energy, and core capability of energy analytics, NREL provides tailored information to tribal leaders and other stakeholders to inform energy decision making.
  • Direct Technical Assistance. NREL has been working with tribes to solve clean energy challenges since 1995, with more than 200 high-impact interactions occurring since 2012. Currently, tribes have cost-free access to NREL expertise through DOE’s Office of Indian Energy.
  • Capacity Building. To effectively deliver clean energy technologies to market, governments, program administrators, and technology end users, NREL provides technology, market, and stakeholder communications strategy trainings to tribes. Current trainings are offered through the DOE Office of Indian Energy.
  • Resilience Assessment and Planning. NREL provides renewable energy community assessments to identify climate vulnerabilities and help develop solutions. Leveraging extensive experience in disaster planning, response, and recovery, NREL works with tribes to develop community-specific plans and strategies to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.

Programmatic impacts reflect NREL’s ability to connect world-class science and engineering research with tribal governments to directly access the benefits of energy development for their members and create groundbreaking replicable models for broad adoption of innovative energy technologies. Look for examples of NREL work on the DOE Office of Indian Energy blog.

For guidance on tribal energy projects, see the DOE resource library and education and training offerings.

Other Tribal Tools

Tribal Energy Atlas
Query data by tribal land and conduct simple analyses of demographics, installed capacity, utility-scale renewable energy technical potential, and more

Geothermal Prospector
Examine, distribute, and analyze geothermal resources and identify sites for geothermal development

Solar Power Prospector
Shows sites for developing utility-scale solar power

Wind Prospector
Visualize data and analyze the potential for wind energy

Job and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Models
Analyze the economic impacts of constructing and operating power generation and biofuel plants at the local and state level

More tools


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