U.S. Government Releases First Map of Renewables Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy has released its first Renewable Energy Map to provide an integrated picture of renewable energy resources in eight western states.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-12-03 [SolarAccess.com] The map displays solar, geothermal and wind energy potential in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In addition, it has indicators of hydroelectric, biomass and wood energy potential, and the geographic location of all renewable energy power plants with a net summer capacity of at least 1 megawatt. Examples of data include wind sites that appear promising and at which the Department of Energy has sponsored field measurement programs. Selection criteria include areas with wind resources of Class 4 or greater, which are suitable for most utility-scale wind applications. The maps present an integrated picture of renewable energy resources in each U.S. census division. The series of maps is the latest series in DOE’s Regional Energy Profiles group and will include maps on each of the nine census divisions and selected states. For solar radiation, the maps pinpoint the annual direct normal solar radiation up to 8 kW per square meter per day. They include a list of PV module manufacturers and average annual precipitation, with state-wide precipitation normals for 1961-1990. They also list members of the Clean Cities Program, which are voluntary local partnerships to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling infrastructure. The Middle Atlantic Renewable Energy Map has also been released to present an integrated picture of renewable energy resources in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
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