Energy Justice

NREL's vision is a clean energy future for the world. We're focused on developing and delivering solutions that enable all people to participate in and benefit from the transition to sustainable energy.

Graphic showing the transition from clean energy for some to clean energy for all. 1 – Clean energy for some: Various people in their own isolated circles. 2 – Three overlapping circles representing diverse communities, diverse and inclusive NREL teams, and diverse partners working together to research, develop, demonstrate and deploy solutions. 3 – Clean energy for all: Different groups together.
NREL's path to energy justice must include diverse teams, diverse communities, and diverse collaborations in all stages of research, development, demonstration, and deployment to transition from clean energy for some to clean energy for all. Graphic by Anthony Castellano.

For decades, NREL has been a leader in applied clean energy research. We accelerate the clean energy transition broadly, prioritizing equitable distribution of social, economic, and health benefits and burdens across all segments of society. NREL places energy justice at the center of our mission-driven work by:

  • Integrating diversity and equity throughout the innovation process to develop technologies and tools that make community-driven energy transitions possible
  • Working with historically marginalized communities and other partners to address energy challenges and identify, evaluate, and implement solutions
  • Analyzing the benefits and burdens of various energy transition pathways and the extent to which they accrue broadly and equally
  • Validating community-prioritized energy solutions in at-scale simulations to demonstrate impacts before implementation.

See our fact sheet to learn how NREL is Working Toward an Equitable Energy Future.

In-Depth Engagement Yields Codeveloped Solutions

Having worked with thousands of communities and organizations—in the United States and around the world—NREL knows equitable energy systems are defined and driven by the people who live and work within them. NREL begins with engagement, incorporates feedback throughout the process, and responds to communities' needs as conditions and priorities change over time.

Research

Inclusive participation in, access to, and ownership of energy are foundational to a clean energy future for the world. Innovation is born from diversity, and NREL's path to energy justice must include diverse teams, communities, and collaborations in all stages of research, development, demonstration, and deployment.

Equity-Focused Resources

Accurate, detailed data and insights lead to more inclusive, better-informed decision-making. Many of NREL's tools are free, publicly accessible, and complemented by user guides.

Publications

Contact

To learn more, contact Technical Lead Kate Anderson or Partnerships Development Lead Scott Haase.