This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

July 10, 2002

Projects Map Pennsylvania Wind Energy and Western Renewable Energy Resources

Two new projects are helping to advance renewable energy development by providing detailed maps of renewable energy resources.

The first project is complete: a detailed wind energy map of Pennsylvania. The interactive Web-based map allows you to view wind power at either 30 or 50 meters, or wind power at 50 meters. The Web site was created by Conservation Consultants, Inc. with support from DOE and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. See the "PA WINDMAP" Web site.

The second project has further to go but is wider in scope: the "Renewable Energy Atlas of the West" will cover wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources in the 11-state western region. Existing facilities and policy overlays will also be included to show areas where incentives and other standards have been effective in driving renewable development, and highlighting areas with strong resources but limited development. The atlas will also identify areas of transmission congestion and develop updated power potential estimates for the various resources.

A user-friendly website interface, to be released to the public in late summer 2002, will allow "zoom-in" capabilities and provide interactive access to all of the renewable energy resource data and supporting information compiled together into a single graphical database. If you can't wait, or if you have a need for a hardcopy version, you can place an advance order for the printed version on the Web site, but the due date is Friday, July 19th. The Web site developers, the Land & Water Fund of the Rockies and Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, are also seeking funds to help distribute copies of the atlas to key decision-makers in the 11 states. See the Renewable Energy Atlas of the West Web site.