Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public feedback on DOE’s draft Critical Materials Assessment. This RFI is being issued by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO), with the purpose of improving the DOE Critical Materials Assessment prior to finalization.

Specifically, this RFI seeks input on the following Areas of Interest:

  • Data and Information to Support Revision of Analysis
  • Improvements to the Methodology

Click here to read the RFI, including the draft list of critical materials for energy resulting from this Assessment.

Historically, the Critical Materials Assessment has informed DOE’s priorities for research activities. The dynamic nature of criticality necessitates ongoing updates to the Assessment. Since DOE released its first Critical Materials Strategy in 2010, DOE’s research portfolio has expanded into a Critical Materials Research, Development, Demonstration, and Commercialization Application (RDD&CA) Program. DOE anticipates updating the Critical Materials Assessment every three years to reflect the most current data and market conditions underlying the methodology.

Inclusion on DOE’s critical materials for energy list will inform crosscutting priorities including Critical Materials RDD&CA Program priorities and eligibility for the Inflation Reduction Act 48C tax credit.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00pm ET on June 20, 2023.

Learn more about AMMTO and its work to advance a globally competitive U.S. manufacturing sector that accelerates the adoption of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies in support of a clean, decarbonized economy.

Learn more about DOE’s work on critical minerals and materials to build resilient supply chains that support the clean energy transition.