Renewable Energy Resources on the Increase in the U. S.
BOULDER, CO - Global Energy Decisions has released the 2007 United States Renewable Energy wall map offering the most precise visualization of this dynamic industry now available. For the first time ever, United States tidal energy projects have been mapped.
“We’ve mapped a 50% increase in operating renewable facilities, and a 75% increase in planned renewable facilities during the past three years, creating the most comprehensive view of United States renewable energy,” said Jason McMahan, President of Global Energy’s Maps unit. “Wind continues to dominate the renewable energy landscape, but solar, geothermal and, for the first time, tidal power -- at 14% of new proposed capacity -- are starting to make inroads. Diversification in technology is becoming a necessity of implementing our growing commitment to renewable sources.”
The 2007 United States Renewable Energy map displays:
**Existing and Proposed Non-Hydro Renewable Energy Facilities: Wind, Biomass, Solar, Geothermal and Tidal projects are indicated by Status, Fuel, Capacity, Owner/Developer, and Name. Current as of January 2007!
**Transmission Infrastructure: Indicated by voltage, sited using the latest aerial imagery and field survey data.
**Proposed Transmission Lines: over 21,000 miles of proposed transmission lines -- an increase of 14,000 miles over 2006!
**Nationwide Mosaic of the Latest High-Resolution Wind Resource Data: Latest data from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and many other sources.
**Substations Locations: Representation of nearly 5,000 electric grid interconnections offers greater information to site new projects.
**Project Locator/Data Table: Almost 1,500 current and planned facilities are listed with name, owner, fuel, capacity, proposed on-line date and map location.
**Conventional Generation Facilities: Power Plants of 5 MW or greater fueled by non-renewable fuels such as coal, gas, oil, or uranium are indicated.
**Detailed Inset Areas: Showing areas of intense development, as well as Geothermal resources, solar intensity, and State-level existing & planned renewable capacity provide further definition. States with RPS’s are displayed.
**Detailed Reference Features: Cities, counties, the most detailed topographic representation available, and other features present a truly complete view of the geographic issues surrounding United States renewable energy.
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