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"Renewable Energy Atlas of the West" Goes Online
The "Renewable Atlas of the West," released in August in hardcopy, is now available online. The atlas covers wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources in the 11-state western region. Existing facilities and policy overlays are 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 also identifies areas of transmission congestion and provides updated power potential estimates for the various resources.
The newly revamped Web site enhances and complements the hardcopy version by allowing users to "zoom-in" on the maps and select from a wide variety of overlays. The site also includes PDF versions of the atlas for free download. And you can still order the hardcopy version, available in a softbound edition for $35 per copy.
Sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation and The Energy Foundation, the atlas was created by the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, and GreenInfo Network. See the Renewable Atlas of the West.
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is also working on a series of renewable energy resource maps for each region of the United States. The maps are being adapted from an earlier series of maps that were removed from the EIA Web site because of security concernsthey showed the location renewable power plants and photovoltaic manufacturing facilities. Thus far, the EIA has produced a reworked map for the West South Central Census division. See the "Renewable Potential Maps" page on the EIA Web site.
Finally, for those looking for detailed information on geothermal resources, new high-resolution maps are available from DOE's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Maps for Idaho and New Mexico are currently available; maps for other western states are under development. See the INEEL Geothermal Energy Research Web site.