The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was established
by the Solar Energy Research Development and Demonstration Act
of 1974. Originally called the Solar Energy Research Institute,
NREL began operating in July 1977 and was designated a national
laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September
In the redwood country of northern California, where arboreal giants can live to be 2,000 years old and can reach heights of more than 375 feet, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe has also grown something historic: a vision of climate sustainability and leadership.
An energy audit tool that more accurately pinpoints potential energy savings while potentially costing 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits is set to hit the multi-billion-dollar energy retrofit industry next year.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.