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All Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office and partnership websites must use domains and URLs that have been approved by the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Chief Information Office, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and EERE's domain policies.

Energy.gov URLs

The EERE website is hosted on the energy.gov domain. All EERE websites will use an energy.gov/eere/ URL unless the Web Governance Team approves it to be hosted outside of the Energy.gov content management system (CMS).

New websites are usually created in their own nested group. A nested group is a sub-section of the EERE website with unique URL and navigation.

Example nested group website URLs:

  • Bioenergy: energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/
  • Communication Standards: energy.gov/eere/communicationstandards/

Example content page URL:

  • energy.gov/eere/communicationstandards/eere-website-and-digital-media-standards-and-guidelines

Requesting a New Nested Group

Nested groups require Web Governance Team review and approval. Gather key project information and discuss the nested group request at a weekly Web Governance Team meeting.

Requesting Redirects

EERE can create redirects at the Energy.gov or EERE levels. These short URLs will automatically redirect to the full-length URL of another web page. These are typically used in marketing materials where the team needs a short, easy-to-use URL.

Example URLs:

For a redirect at the energy.gov/eere/ level, contact the EERE Web Enterprise Manager for approval.

For a redirect at the energy.gov level, contact the EERE Web Enterprise Manager and the Web Governance Team Facilitator. DOE Public Affairs must approve any redirects at the Energy.gov level.

Non-Standard EERE URLs

Some EERE websites are hosted outside of the Energy.gov CMS because they have unique technical requirements.

EERE.Energy.Gov URLs

Websites hosted outside of the Energy.gov CMS often have URLs at eere.energy.gov.

If you believe your site requires an eere.energy.gov URL, attend a Web Governance Team meeting. Once it is determined that the website needs to be hosted outside of Energy.gov, the Web Governance Team will send the request to DOE Public Affairs for formal approval. DOE Public Affairs will approve the hosting location and the URL.

Example URLs:

  • The EERE Publications Library: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/library/
  • SEE Action: https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/
  • WINDExchange: http://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/windexchange/

Legacy Marketing URLs

EERE previously created "marketing URL" redirects at websitename.energy.gov. EERE will no longer create new redirects in this format, but the old redirects have been grandfathered in and may still be used by the technology offices to promote their websites. There are no plans to retire the old URLs.

The redirects below redirect to the technology office home pages on energy.gov.

Example URLs:

  • buildings.energy.gov
  • bioenergy.energy.gov
  • femp.energy.gov
  • geothermal.energy.gov
  • hydrogenandfuelcells.energy.gov
  • industry.energy.gov
  • solar.energy.gov
  • vehicles.energy.gov
  • water.energy.gov
  • wind.energy.gov
  • wip.energy.gov

All 11 of EERE's research offices have a URL in this format that redirects to their office home page. These will remain in place.

Top-Level .GOV Domains

Top-level .gov domains are reserved for federal agencies. At DOE, unique .gov domains are only approved for high-level, cross-cutting initiatives, and they are very rarely approved.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy's .gov approval process on the DNS Policies and Procedures page.

  • Example URL: solardecathlon.gov

To request a new top-level .gov, go to the Web Governance Team.

.ORG Domains

.Org domains are available only for websites that are not part of a federal agency, are not funded by the DOE, or are developed through significant partnership arrangements with non-federal agencies. Special approval is required for these sites.

To request a new .org domain, go to the Web Governance Team. Note that EERE does not approve websites on .com, .net, or other domains.