NREL Maps Renewable Energy Potential for Each State

By Tom Schueneman, Rev Mode:

There isn’t a state in the nation that doesn’t have the space and resources to generate clean energy. That is the principal finding of a recent study called the  U.S. RE Technical Potential from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The report establishes the “upper boundary limit” of  clean energy development potential for each state, including PV solar, concentrating solar thermal, wind, hydro, geothermal, and bio energy.

In its study, NREL defines what is technically achievable considering topographic limitations, land-use and environmental constraints for each state. Using state-level maps and tables incorporating available land area, installed capacity in gigawatts, and electric generation in gigawatt-hours for each technology, the study lays out in detail the broad “sense of the scale regarding the potential for renewables and which technologies are worth examining,” says report co-author Anthony Lopez.

“Decision-makers using the study will get a sense of scale regarding the potential for renewables, and which technologies are worth examining,” said Lopez. “Energy modelers also will find the study valuable… Read more

 

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