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April 13, 2004

DOE Retains MRI to Run the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Photo of the Solar Energy Research Facility

NREL's Solar Energy Research Facility incorporates solar energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Credit: Warren Gretz, NREL

DOE officials signed a contract on April 13th that will allow the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) to continue operating and managing DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for another four years. MRI, a not-for-profit research institute headquartered in Kansas City, has managed NREL since 1977. Battelle Memorial Institute is also part of the NREL management team.

Located in Golden, Colorado, NREL has a permanent staff of roughly 1,000. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of solar, wind, hydrogen, and biomass energy, as well as biofuels and energy-efficient buildings. See the NREL Web site.

"The work performed by NREL is absolutely critical to our national security," said Deputy Energy Secretary Kyle McSlarrow, who participated in the signing ceremony. "Developing reliable, affordable domestic sources of energy and using energy more efficiently are the only ways we can reduce our reliance on imported oil." See the DOE press release.