WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new website developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will allow users to easily and accurately map America’s potential renewable energy resources.
The interactive tool, called “RE Atlas,” is free and available for use online.
It operates much like GoogleMaps, and users are able to choose between nine different renewable sources — including hydro and wave power — that can be superimposed on the map.
The map displays data indicating the potential for a given renewable’s growth and can be referenced by state, county, and congressional district.
“Ease of use and breadth of data make RE Atlas an excellent tool for policymakers, planners, energy developers, and others who need to better understand the renewable resources available in the United States,” says Dan Getman, whose team in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center developed the tool.