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NREL analysis helps government policymakers, project developers and investors, utilities, and others, both at home and abroad, address the challenges of and understand the trade-offs posed by expanding renewables within today’s energy system.

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Capabilities and Expertise

Building on a foundation of robust data and innovative models, many of which we developed, NREL uses its capabilities and expertise to prepare credible, objective analyses that inform policy and investment decisions as renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies move from innovation through integration.

Impact Analysis

Understanding Impacts of Markets and Policies on Deployment and Use of RE/EE Technologies. The Lab's Market Analysis and Policy Analysis helps key players increase the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in the marketplace and in meeting national, regional, state, and local goals.

Sustainability Analysis

Projecting the Impacts of RE/EE and Conventional Energy Technologies. The Lab's Sustainability Analysis looks at the impacts of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conventional energy technologies on climate and environment, including land, water, and air.

Techno-Economic Analysis

Evaluating the Attributes of RE/EE Technologies. NREL's Technology Systems Analysis examines RD&D areas in terms of potential costs, benefits, risks, uncertainties, and timeframes.

Geospatial Analysis

Providing the Foundation for Energy Analysis and Decisions. The Lab's Geospatial Analysis develops, maintains, and disseminates data sets and maps on renewable energy resources, energy infrastructure, demographics, and the earth’s physical geography.