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 office and partnership websites 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 Carolyn Hinkley.

EERE Web Site URLs

EERE office and partnership websites must choose one of the following approved domains for their page. All domains must be approved by the Web Governance Team. This decision will be part of your initial meeting with the team, and is included in the Project Information Form that you'll complete for that meeting. For examples of approved URLs, see a complete list of EERE's unique URLs.

  • Standard EERE URLs: The majority of all EERE Web sites should live at one of EERE's approved, standard domains. These are:

    • energy.gov/eere/: For all websites migrated into Energy.gov.

    • eere.energy.gov: For websites that have not been migrated into Energy.gov.

    These are the standard domains for all of EERE's websites. It's expected that all websites will live in Energy.gov unless they have been approved by the Web Governance Team to have a different URL.

    Example URLs:

    • energy.gov/eere/femp/

    • eere.energy.gov/news/

  • Marketing URLs: Marketing URLs are short, easy-to-remember URLs that are used to market and promote EERE websites. They are not domains, and websites do not "live" at them. Instead, they are redirects that point to a website's standard EERE URL.

    Marketing URLs are only used for offices, top-level programs, and initiatives. They are approved by the Web Governance Team.

    Example URL: wind.energy.gov

  • Top Level .GOV: Top-level .gov domains are reserved for federal agencies. At DOE, these domains are only approved for high-level, cross-cutting initiatives, and they are very rarely approved. There has been a freeze on top-level .gov domains since 2011.

    You can learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy's .gov approval process on their DNS Policies and Procedures page. 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.