Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen and biomass play an important role in the future of our nation. The Department of Energy is committed to the development of renewable sources of energy.
For instance, DOE believes tomorrow's generation of automobiles and trucks will have to be cleaner and much more efficient if the United States is to strengthen its energy security and continue to improve its environment. Beginning in fiscal 2003, the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy (FE) shifted its clean fuels research program from ultra-clean forms of petroleum-based fuels to a new research effort focused on lower cost ways to produce hydrogen from coal and natural gas - a key element of President Bush's new Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.
In addition, the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) focuses on the range of renewable energy sources, partnering with other government entities and the private sector to better leverage the Federal investment in research, development and deployment (RD&D) of new technologies. These partnerships involve other components of the Department of Energy, including the Offices of Fossil Energy, Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology, and Science, as well as other Federal agencies. EERE also has begun to establish a much closer working relationship with State organizations pursuing energy technology R&D.