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NREL offers free application to map potential renewable resources


From the January 11, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 11, 2012

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new geospatial application that it says allows users to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the United States. The interactive tool, RE Atlas, is free to use and available online at NREL’s website.

RE Atlas is designed to facilitate energy policy development, investment and education by making high quality data accessible and easy to understand, NREL said. The tool creates dynamic maps of renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydro power, solar and wind. RE Atlas can display resources individually or in a composite fashion.

"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."

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