EERE Small Business Program

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Small business owners have the opportunity to provide products and services to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which helps the U.S. Department of Energy meet its clean energy mission.

From administrative and facility support to technical consulting and trade show management, small businesses provide critical services to EERE.

To learn how your small business can work with EERE, check out the Qualifying for EERE Small Business Contracting Opportunities page.

Small businesses that contract with EERE can be assured that the agency is committed to obtaining the best value in goods, services, and equipment. EERE is dedicated to the highest standards of ethical conduct through the contracting process.

How We Purchase from Small Businesses

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A worker acends the tower of a wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colo. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

EERE procures acquisitions from small businesses in various ways:

  • Micro-purchases—less than $10,000 and typically processed using the government Purchase Card.
  • Simplified Acquisitions—between $10,000 and $250,000.
  • Contract actions—exceed $250,000 in value.

Products and Services We Buy

Currently, EERE contracts with small businesses that can be classified under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, listed below to the right of the pie chart.

For an example of which services EERE most often contracts out for, see the graph below. It shows the NAICS codes for the businesses EERE contracted with in Fiscal Year 2018.

Pie chart showing services that EERE contracts for by NCIS code.

FY 2018 EERE Obligations to Small and Socio-Economic Businesses

Bar chart showing the dollar amounts allocated to type of small business.
This graph shows EERE's FY 2018 obligations to small and socio-economic businesses by business type.

For a breakdown of the different small business socio-economic categories EERE supports, see the chart to the right. It shows EERE obligations to small and socio-economic businesses for Fiscal Year 2018.

Contract Opportunities for Small Businesses

  • Look through the DOE Acquisition Forecast for future prime and sub-contracting opportunities within EERE, DOE, and National Nuclear Security Administration.
  • Register for a free account with the publically accessible portals, FedBizOps and FedConnect, to see what federal contracting opportunities are currently available in your industry.   
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How Small Businesses Can Work with EERE

offshore wind turbines in the water in New England.
The Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm. (Source: DOE)

What Does EERE Do?

The Office of EERE supports research, development, and deployment activities for a variety of technologies. See the Office of EERE home page for more information.

Other Programs that Work with Small Businesses

The front of an electric vehicle with a plug inserted into the battery at a charging station in the NREL garage.
 EERE supports vehicles fueld by alternative energy like those at NREL. (Source: NREL)

Small Business First

Additional Resources

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EERE helps to fund lab research to help our nation advance energy efficiency and renewable energy. (Source: DOE)

How Can We Help?

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Lani Macrae, Small Business Program Manager

For questions or comments, send an email to the program.