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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 8/14/2012

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