Monday, April 29, 2013

National Renewable Energy Laboratories: Mapping Potenial Resources

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has some very interesting maps on their website showing various renewable energy related resources around the country. Included in these are maps showing the potential wind energy maps, existing and planned geothermal energy sites, and biomass resource maps, this last one being available by county. There are a ton of other maps at their site as well.

While I would encourage you to visit their website and look at some of the other maps they have (for example the wind energy potential and thermal energy maps are impressive), here is the map for biomass resources by county. The map estimates the biomass resources currently available in each county and includes the following energy resource categories: crop residues (5 year average: 2003-2007) forest and primary mill residues (2007), secondary mill and urban wood waste (2002), methane emissions from landfills (2008), domestic wastewater treatment (2007), and animal manure (2002).

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