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The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI) advances self-reliant island and remote communities through the development of resilient energy systems.

Island and remote communities have unique physical features that impact energy systems. For many of these communities, access to resilient, affordable, sustainable, and clean energy resources is a priority.

ETI has worked for decades supporting community-led energy transitions through partnerships and collaborative approaches. ETI offers technical assistance, planning resources, tools and trainings to help communities achieve energy goals related to:

  • Local resource reliance
  • Institutional, social, and economic resilience
  • Enhanced institutional capacity
  • Lower energy costs.

ETI Partnership Project

The ETI Partnership Project (ETIPP) connects communities with energy experts to advance the development of resilient energy systems. ETIPP's partner network—which includes DOE offices, national laboratories, and regional organizations—provides technical expertise and planning and capacity support for community-driven solutions that address the unique energy resilience needs of island and remote communities. Fourth cohort applications are open until July 10, 2024. Learn more and apply on

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Energy Transition Planning Resources

For communities preparing for—or already involved in—an energy transition project, ETI planning resources can help guide the journey.

Energy Tools and Trainings

Take the next step in your energy transition with ETI trainings and tools to visualize and inform energy system planning and decision making.

Additional Resources

View additional ETI resources and publications that support island and remote communities in their energy transitions.

Microgrid Conceptual Design Guidebook
Guidebook to develop a conceptual microgrid design that meets site-specific energy resilience goals.
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Net Energy Metering: Alternative Approaches
Overview of design choices for alternatives to traditional net energy metering design, arguments for and against them, and implementation challenges.
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Systemwide Considerations for Electrification of Transportation in Islands and Remote Locations
Overview of opportunities, challenges, and examples of electric vehicles in islands and remote power systems.
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Lessons Learned in Islands

Read how ETI applies its proven framework and partnered with communities to mitigate energy disruptions and achieve clean energy transition goals.

Helping Hawaii Chart a Path to 100% Renewable Electricity
As Hawaii charges toward its goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2045, the Energy Transitions Initiative worked with NREL to deliver training.
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How Renewables Will Help New Orleans Keep the Lights On
The immense challenges that New Orleans faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were intensified by electric grid failures.
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Consider the Lobster and Electricity: Helping Meet the Energy Challenges of Maine's Small Islands
With the Island Institute, ETI examined how clean energy solutions could support the sustainability goals of two island communities off Maine's coast.
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