Strategic priorities at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) infuse EERE's research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities with environmental and economic justice, equity, and a place-based focus by investing in programs, connecting people, assessing opportunities, and improving accountability to accelerate the clean energy transition.
The Integrated Strategies office oversees activities related to these strategic priorities:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in STEM
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at EERE aims to raise awareness of clean energy research, development and deployment funding opportunities, and career pathway exposure at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), minority business enterprises, and other diverse professional organizations. This work also ensures that all recipients of EERE funding integrate diversity and equity in their own work.
EERE International coordinates strategy for engaging with country partners, multilateral organizations, and global industry to grow the market for U.S. clean energy technologies and accelerate the clean energy transition. Our team does this by sharing and advancing EERE priorities at international engagements, facilitating technical exchanges with international partners, and supporting EERE technology offices with international audiences on specific clean energy technologies.
Energy Equity and Environmental Justice
EERE prioritizes energy equity and environmental justice (EEEJ) to improve the health, safety, and energy resilience of communities that have been disproportionately affected by fossil fuels, by ensuring all Americans have access to affordable clean energy. EERE aligns its efforts with the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and the Justice40 Initiative, which directs 40% of the overall benefits from federal investments to flow to disadvantaged communities.
Energy Transitions and Communities
This team leads EERE’s work with communities across the United States and territories to support their strategic clean energy and resilience planning. For isolated and vulnerable communities, EERE accomplishes this through its flagship Energy Transitions Initiative and ETI’s technical assistance delivery arm, the ETI Partnership Project, or ETIPP. ETIPP leverages national labs and regional partners to respond to communities’ needs and priorities while expanding their resources and capacity.
Good Jobs and Workforce Development
The aim of the Good Jobs and Workforce Development team is economic justice in the clean energy transition by promoting high-quality careers and greater access to good jobs for disadvantaged populations. We offer advice and assistance to EERE program offices with integrating the principles and practices of a High Road approach to employment and training centered on quality jobs, social equity, and climate resilience. The Good Jobs & Workforce Development team focuses on middle-skill occupations (e.g., the construction trades-workers, mechanics, production-line workers) and on linking the demand and supply sides of the labor market to ensure workforce investments lead to quality career pathways, all in support of a fair and inclusive clean energy economy.
The EERE Strategic Analysis (SA) team performs cross-cutting, gap-filling, and corporate analysis associated with the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of EERE technologies. SA develops tools and methods to enable consistent evaluation and analysis across EERE and serves a leadership role in related analysis across DOE, other government agencies, and external stakeholders. SA's mission is to provide evidence-based, portfolio-wide analysis for energy decision makers in EERE and beyond.
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