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Multilateral Partnerships

NREL plays a leading role in supporting several multilateral initiatives designed to advance the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in ways that increase economic and sustainable development and energy resilience and security.

Clean Energy Ministerial

NREL supports the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. NREL supports various CEM initiatives, including the Clean Energy Solutions Center, the 21st Century Power Partnership, the International Smart Grid Action Network, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS), Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future), the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership, and the Electric Vehicle Initiative.

Clean Energy Solutions Center

The Clean Energy Solutions Center helps governments design and adopt policies and programs that support the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Solutions Center and its expansion site, the Clean Energy Finance Solutions Center, offer no-cost expert policy and finance technical assistance, Web-based trainings, and clean energy policy and finance reports, data, and tools. The Solutions Center is co-led and co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through support from the U.S. Department of State, the Australian Department of Environment and Energy, and Swedish Ministry of Environment and Energy.

21st Century Power Partnership

NREL coordinates development of the 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), which aims to unlock deployment of large-scale energy efficiency and variable renewables through peer learning and collaboration across regulators, grid operators, and others on policies and programs that advance use of smart grid solutions and clean energy technologies. The 21CPP is engaged in deep technical collaboration with China, India, Mexico, and South Africa to support power system transformation.

International Smart Grid Action Network

NREL provides technical and policy advisory support for the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), an IEA implementing agreement with representation from more than 20 major economies around the world. NREL coordinates international smart grid knowledge management activities, such as the ISGAN smart grid glossary, and is leading development of periodic policy briefs on topics such as smart grid cyber security and smart grid contributions to renewable energy integration.

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage have the potential to mitigate emissions from industrial processes and power production. As part of a CEM initiative, NREL supports analysis and communication of enabling policies, financing, feasibility, and economies of scale of CCUS technologies and their integration as part of a portfolio of clean energy solutions.

Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future)

Coordination between advanced nuclear energy and renewable energy could result in flexible provision of electricity and thermal process heat. NREL collaborates with Idaho National Laboratory and others to consider the integration and application of flexible nuclear, small modular reactors, and coordinated operations with renewable energy technologies.

Low Emission Development and Green Growth

NREL supports several multilateral initiatives designed to increase use of clean energy to support economic development and address global challenges such as climate change and energy security. These activities include several projects in the field of low emission development strategies (LEDS), an emerging arena in which we are working with many global players, pioneering methods, and serving as thought leaders.

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies

NREL serves as the Technical Secretariat for Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS), a U.S. government program to support developing countries' efforts to pursue long- term, climate-resilient economic growth while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. EC-LEDS supports and enhances country-led development programs, plans, and policies, and complements efforts of other international donors and organizations to support low emission development strategies. For more information on specific examples of technical assistance provided by NREL, see entries on the Bilateral Partnerships page for Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Energy Development in Island Nations

NREL provides technical support for the International Partnership for Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN), which is a partnership of the United States, New Zealand, and Iceland.

International Energy Collaborative Programs

Caribbean and Pacific Islands

With support from the State Department, NREL is providing technical assistance to Island nations in strengthening their electricity grids and scaling up renewable energy deployment. This include helping Barbuda, Dominica, and other Caribbean islands with rebuilding their electricity grids and renewable energy generation.

International Energy Agency

NREL provides technical support for International Energy Agency (IEA) energy technology implementing agreements in the areas of biomass, buildings, solar, wind, hydrogen, and smart grids and provides cross-cutting analysis and policy support for IEA assessment and country programs. We have also collaborated with the IEA Gas & Oil Technology Collaboration Programme to organize events on the nexus of renewable energy and oil & gas industries.

International Renewable Energy Agency

NREL collaborates with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on several tasks including studies of renewable energy costs, technology innovation, a global solar and wind resource atlas, support for renewable energy strategies for Pacific Islands, and renewable energy training and policy advice.

North American Renewable Energy Integration Study

NREL is supporting collaborative work across the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to conduct a joint assessment of opportunities for scaling up and optimizing renewable energy generation together with other solutions and integration into the electricity grids across the three countries.

South Asia Regional Grid Integration

With support from the State Department, NREL is conducting a regional grid integration study for South Asian countries.

UN Environment

NREL partners with UN Environment to assist countries in evaluation of energy technology options and policies in support of the Climate Technology Center and Network and other UN Environment programs.

World Bank

NREL teams with the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program to improve global renewable energy resource data set and analysis tools and to provide technical and analytic support to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in developing countries.

Low Emission Development

NREL supports several multilateral initiatives designed to increase use of clean energy to support economic development and address global challenges such as climate change and energy security. These activities include several projects in the field of low emission development strategies (LEDS).

Leadership Compact

NREL coordinates assistance to 12 countries under the Leadership Compact, a U.S. government program supporting developing countries' efforts to pursue long- term, climate-resilient economic growth while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. The Leadership Compact supports and enhances country-led development programs, plans, and policies, and complements efforts of other international donors and organizations to support low emission development strategies. Technical support is provided to Benin, Colombia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Vietnam. For more information on specific examples of technical assistance provided by NREL, see entries on the Bilateral Partnerships page.

LEDS Global Partnership

NREL also serves as the Secretariat for the LEDS Global Partnership, which was founded to advance low emission development through coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among programs and countries working to support low emission growth. Launched in early 2011, the partnership brings together more than 90 governmental and international institutions. The LEDS GP operates through regional platforms in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe and Eurasia along with global working groups on energy, land-use, transport, financing, sub-national action, and benefits assessment. The LEDS GP receives core support from the U.S. and German governments with additional co-funding from many other institutions.

Energy Assessment Tools

For information about our international activities in the areas of resource assessments, energy technology, market, and policy tools, and related knowledge sharing platforms, see the Energy Assessments page.