Equitable Demonstration and Deployment Roundtable Report

Elizabeth Gill, Mary Hallisey, Ruth Baranowski, Danielle Preziuso

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted the Equitable Demonstration and Deployment Roundtable on August 25, 2021. The roundtable brought together experts in climate and energy justice, demonstration projects, and renewable energy deployment to explore issues that will lead to greater understanding of the barriers to equity at scale and the role that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can play to reduce and mitigate them. A large percentage of the participants included experts in energy equity issues from national and local organizations across multiple sectors, both public and private. These individuals engaged with DOE and national laboratory researchers to identify community-based challenges and propose opportunities for DOE to address those challenges to energy demonstration and deployment. The roundtable examined equity considerations for two phases of the energy development process: demonstration and deployment. These two pathways were selected for discussion during the same workshop because they are inextricably linked within the energy ecosystem. Ensuring the deployment of safe, affordable, and reliable energy deployment is DOE's primary goal and energy demonstration projects are a key driver moving technologies from the laboratory to market to achieve this result. For the purposes of the workshop, the following definitions were used to delineate the unique aspects of each of the topics.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-81593


  • demonstration
  • deployment
  • equitable
  • equity
  • renewable energy


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