The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has released an online atlas that shows the potential for renewable energy across the country. The atlas allows users to display the types of resources that are of interest to them, including hydro, geothermal, biomass, concentrated solar power, solar photovoltaic, wind offshore, wind onshore, and wave power density. The map includes details for all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico.
“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,” said Dan Getman, whose team in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center developed the tool. “RE Atlas is an important addition to NREL’s suite of geospatial tools, because it brings together so many renewable energy datasets in one easy-to-use tool.”
The atlas aims to stimulate discussions and help guide energy policy development and investment.