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About Us

The EISPC Energy Zones Study, which resulted in developing the Energy Zones Mapping Tool, was led by the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC). Team members from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided the analytical and model development support to EISPC.

The funding for EISPC's Clean Energy Zone study and the national laboratories' assistance was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), which provides national leadership to ensure that the Nation's energy delivery system is secure, resilient and reliable. OE works to develop new technologies to improve the infrastructure that brings electricity into our homes, offices, and factories, and the federal and state electricity policies and programs that shape electricity system planning and market operations. OE also works to bolster the resiliency of the electric grid and assists with restoration when major energy supply interruptions occur.


The Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC) is an historic endeavor initially funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As a result, an unprecedented collaborative among the states in the Eastern Interconnection (EI) was created to foster and produce consistent and coordinated direction to the regional and interconnection-level analyses and planning. EISPC is comprised of public utility commissions, Governors' offices, energy offices, and other key government representatives. EISPC represents the 39 states and 6 Canadian Provinces located within the EI electric transmission grid.

Argonne National Laboratory


Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.NREL is the only US national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application. For more than 35 years, NREL innovations, analysis, and expertise have enabled the emergence of a U.S. clean energy industry. NREL's 327-acre main campus in Golden, Colorado, is a living model of sustainable energy. The laboratory also operates the National Wind Technology Center on 305 acres located 13 miles north of its main campus.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.