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U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis

U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis

Date: 7/31/2012

A new study of renewable energy's technical potential, U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis finds that every state in the nation has the space and resource to generate clean energy. NREL analysts conducted a spatial analysis to calculate energy technical potential for six renewable technologies. This report presents state-level results and is valuable for decision makers and utility executives because it shows the achievable energy generation of a particular technology given resource availability—solar, wind, and geothermal, for example—system performance, topographic limitations, and environmental and land-use constraints. For additional information, see the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Dynamic Maps, Geographic Information System (GIS) Data and Analysis Tools website.

This information was last updated on August 14, 2012