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U.S. Department of the Interior Support

NREL supports the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in strengthening their stewardship of our nation's land and water resources by providing technical support, energy planning, assessments and other services to several DOI offices, including the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Insular Affairs, and Bureau of Reclamation.

Bureau of Land Management

For the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has a goal of generating at least 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015, NREL reviews energy plans, conducts site studies, and analyzes technical impacts of renewable energy projects to help achieve that goal.

Office of Insular Affairs

NREL assists the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) with energy planning, assessments, and capacity building in territories including Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Our activities include:

  • Using an all-island approach to conduct on-island assessments for energy efficiency and renewable energy potential
  • Establishing an energy committee and facilitating discussions with stakeholders, including government entities, utilities, and local businesses
  • Developing island strategic plans.

Bureau of Reclamation

NREL supports the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) by providing guidance on and assessments of renewable energy integration into existing infrastructure, information on project financing strategies, and assisting with staff training. The Navajo Generating Station study highlights the NREL and BOR agreement where NREL:

  • Evaluated the potential technical and economic impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's Best Available Retrofit Technology ruling
  • Analyzed the potential for renewable energy to reduce emissions at the station
  • Identified partnership opportunities on clean coal and nuclear options.

For more information on NREL's work with DOI, contact Scott Haase.