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

EERE Communication Standards & Guidelines

Domains and URLs

This page describes the requirements for obtaining different types of domains and URLs. All EERE program and partnership Web sites must comply with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the EERE domain policies.

For questions regarding these policies, or questions about using EERE domains or URLs for your programs, partnerships, or applications, please contact Sarah Lynch.

EERE Web Site URLs

EERE program and partnership Web sites must choose one of the following approved domains for their page. All domains must be approved by Sarah Lynch before any other steps are taken. For examples of approved URLs, see a complete list of EERE's unique URLs.

  • Eere.energy.gov: The majority of all EERE Web sites should be hosted on eere.energy.gov. This is the standard domain for projects associated with EERE. It is expected that most sites will use both the EERE.energy.gov domain and the EERE site template.

    Example URL: eere.energy.gov/consumer

  • Energy.gov: To aid with the marketing and promotion of EERE program activities and initiatives, EERE has provided energy.gov domains for all top-level EERE programs. These shortened URLS encourage the programs to publicize their high priority initiatives on their home pages, reducing the need for multiple URL registrations and management. These are alias URLs which redirect to http://www.eere.energy.gov/ domains. The EERE Web Manager and the DOE domain manager oversee the technical implementation of all energy.gov URLs.

    Example URL: biofuels.energy.gov

  • Top Level .GOV: Top-level .gov sites are reserved for federal agencies. At DOE, these domains are only approved for high-level, cross-cutting initiatives. If you want to request a new top-level .gov, go to the Web Governance Team.

    Example URL: solardecathlon.gov

  • ORG: .Org domains are only available for websites that are not part of a federal agency, are not funded by the DOE, or are developed through significant partnership arrangements with non-federal agencies. Special approval is required for these sites. If you want to request a new .org URL, go to the Web Governance Team.

    Example URL: dsireusa.org

If you would like more information about acquiring domains for your site, read the OMB Policy 6: Use Approved Domains.

Database and Application URLs

If your database or application needs a URL that doesn't follow one of these standards, please contact the Web Template Coordinator.