About the DOE Program Offices

About the DOE Program Offices

Grid Deployment Office (GDO)

The Grid Deployment Office (GDO) works to provide electricity to everyone, everywhere by maintaining and investing in critical generation facilities to ensure resource adequacy and improving and expanding transmission and distribution systems. Currently, the Office is focused on ensuring the resilience of critical power generation facilities like hydroelectric and nuclear facilities and developing high-capacity electric transmission lines nationwide. GDO’s work within the Generation CreditsTransmission, and Grid Modernization Divisions will leverage unique authorities to drive transmission investment, improve resource adequacy by maintaining and investing in critical generation facilities, improve transmission and distribution system resilience, and provide access to technical assistance and national laboratory expertise, modeling, and analytical capabilities.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

As an office within the Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) mission is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, creating good paying jobs for the American people—especially workers and communities impacted by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overburdened by pollution.

Most of EERE's new investments directly support deployments or demonstrations of technologies that show viable pathways for achieving EERE’s five programmatic priorities:

  • Decarbonizing the electricity sector.
  • Decarbonizing transportation across all modes: air, sea, rail, and road.
  • Decarbonizing the industrial sector.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings.
  • Decarbonizing the agriculture sector, specifically focused on the nexus between energy and water.

This work is also driven by four crosscutting principles: 

  • Building the clean energy economy in a way that benefits all Americans. We must address environmental injustices that disproportionately affect communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities. 
  • Fostering a diverse STEM workforce. We need to increase awareness of clean energy job opportunities at minority-serving institutions and ensure that organizations receiving EERE funding are thinking through diversity and equity in their own work. 
  • Developing more robust workforce training opportunities to build a pipeline for permanent, good-paying jobs for the clean energy workforce.
  • Working closely and learning from state and local governments.

Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP)

The Office of State and Community Energy Programs works with State Energy Offices, Tribal nations, territories, local governments, local educational agencies (K-12 schools), nonprofit organizations and community-serving organizations to serve, and provide funding and other resources to implement high[1]impact, self-sustaining clean energy projects and programs. SCEP’s key Program Divisions are: 1) Weatherization Assistance Program; 2) State Energy Program; 3) Community Energy Programs; 4) Home Energy Rebates Programs; 5) Technical Assistance Partnerships. SCEP works with state and local organizations to achieve SCEP’s programmatic areas:

  • Accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.
  • Catalyze local economic development and create jobs.
  • Reduce energy costs.
  • Avoid pollution through place-based strategies involving a wide range of government, community, business, and other stakeholders.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (IE)

The Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs works to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including:

  • Promoting Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use
  • Reducing or stabilize Indian tribal energy costs
  • Strengthening Indian tribal energy infrastructure
  • Electrifying Indian land, housing, and businesses.

The office achieves these aims by providing financial assistance, technical assistance, as well as education and capacity building support.