NREL advances critical science and technology through innovative research and development to improve the nation's electrical grid infrastructure, making it more flexible, reliable, resilient, secure, and sustainable.

Picture of power lines and palm trees on the island of Maui.

NREL Assists Maui in Approaching 100% Renewable Operations

New capabilities demonstrate how renewables can stabilize and support the power grid

Aerial view of PV arrays and wind turbines at NREL's Flatirons Campus

Renewable energy now accounts for more than 20% of U.S. annual energy production. NREL is developing a range of solutions to support its continued growth.

NREL's ADMS testbed connects utilities to modern controls

Our next-generation control capabilities help utilities provide their customers with reliable, renewable, secure, and resilient power.

NREL grid research is led by the Power Systems Engineering Center under the direction of Ben Kroposki and the Grid Planning and Analysis Center under the direction of Jaquelin Cochran. These centers are part of the Energy Systems Integration directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres. NREL's grid research is aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.