About United States Dept of Energy

It takes a lot of manpower to build a nation's economic and energy security. That's why there's the US Department of Energy. The DOE was established in 1977 by former president Jimmy Carter at a time when the US was facing a severe winter and fuel shortages that caused factory and school closings and threatened residential cutoffs. The DOE promotes a diverse supply of environmentally safe energy, supporting scientific and technological energy research. It protects the environment from the legacy of nuclear weapons production, and it maintains the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), an emergency fuel storage of oil that has an inventory of about 695 million barrels of oil.


The cabinet-level agency is a combination of 10 separate program offices. It partners with other companies and organizations to focus on the four major energy categories of coal, solar, smart grid, and battery technologies.


The DOE's goals involve leading the nation's energy conservation efforts by deploying new technologies and conducting further research in clean technologies. It will also enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.

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United States Dept of Energy

1000 Independence Ave Sw
Washington, DC 20585-0001
Phone: 1 (202) 586-5000
Fax: 1 (202) 586-1180


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Deputy CFO: Alison Doone
  • Secretary of Energy: Ernest J. Moniz
  • Deputy Secretary of Energy: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
  • Employees: 14,850

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC