U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Analysis

About Energy Analysis

The Energy Analysis website is designed to help energy experts and policymakers access energy analysis resources related to renewable energy and energy efficiency. It contains published analyses, energy data and maps, and analysis tools such as models, software, and calculators created by the EERE Policy and Analysis team as well as the broader energy analysis community.

The resources provided on the Analysis website were produced in full, or in part, with funding from DOE and serve as the analytical basis for EERE's planning, programming, and budgeting decisions. Throughout the site, we identify the providers of the recognized resources as either EERE, a collaborator in the DOE, or another partner.

EERE Analysis-driven Program Management

Energy analysis informs EERE decision-making by delivering analytical products in four main areas: Data Resources, Market Intelligence, Energy Systems Analysis, and Portfolio Impacts Analysis. These analysis products inform all stages of EERE program management.

  • Data Resources: Includes characterizing technologies to provide cost and performance data for EERE technologies essential for both private and public decision-makers. This focus area provides high quality, continuously improved, peer-reviewed data on EERE technologies in formats that can be directly accessed by users online.

  • Market Intelligence: Includes analysis of technology financing structures and tools, identification of supply-chain bottlenecks, and implications of market conditions for manufacturing and supporting industries. Explores the market conditions that would support reaching national objectives, including infrastructure requirements and reduction of non-cost and market barriers.

  • Energy Systems Analysis: Informs EERE strategic planning and helps identify long-term pathways for meeting national clean energy goals. Studies examine future markets and technologies for the buildings, transportation, industry, and electricity generation sectors—integrating across the EERE technology programs. The work provides a foundation for program technology road mapping.

  • Portfolio Impacts Analysis: Estimates specific and economy-wide benefits of the EERE portfolio to inform investment tradeoff decisions and assess new opportunities. Develops common approaches to evidence-based evaluation and works with EERE programs to apply rigorous evaluations across all aspects of EERE RD&D and program management.

Together, these efforts provide necessary information for an evidence-based approach to EERE's investments.

Energy Program Management Resources

Effective planning (with a strategic emphasis) and programming (with an implementation emphasis) rely on real-world understanding of energy issues and opportunities. Energy analysis delivers that real-world understanding by studying today's circumstances and applying that knowledge to tomorrow's scenarios. Budgeting is driven by planning and programming findings, and program evaluation is critical for continuous improvement in program execution and overall management.

The Department's strategic plan and quadrennial technology review are built on information from energy analysis about the current and potential future energy situation in the United States and the world: energy supply, demand, market barriers and enabling opportunities, and integration among these elements.

Examples of analysis supporting each of these areas include:

  • Energy supply considerations: supply-chain analysis, cost analysis, resource availability analysis, and computer tools that help planners investigate and compare energy supply options.

  • Energy demand considerations: quantifying the societal benefits from changing energy use; supply chain analysis for new technologies that save energy; smart grid markets and policies.

  • Market barriers and enabling opportunities: the effects and effectiveness of state and federal policies and financing mechanisms for new energy systems, behavior analysis and social acceptance of new energy solutions, information sharing that helps the United States and other nations learn from best practices for the energy sector.

  • Integration considerations: Geographic information systems applied to energy markets, impacts of electric vehicles on the grid, and computer models that predict electricity transmission and transportation infrastructure requirements.

Technology-Specific Resources

Analysts can find additional technology-specific resources and information on the websites of EERE's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

Renewable Electricity Generation

Energy-Saving Homes, Buildings, and Manufacturing

Sustainable Transportation