New mapping tool shows best spots to develop renewables


Quick Take: Siting renewables is a major challenge. First you've got to figure out the best spot to generate the power. Then some way to transmit it. And then you have to layer in the political realities -- whose backyard you'll be allowed to violate with the sight of a wind or transmission tower. A new tool from one of our national laboratories will make the task a little bit easier for the Eastern Interconnection. It doesn't show where the NIMBYs live, but it does reveal the best places for renewables. And all with an easy-to-use map interface. -- Jesse Berst


The free online mapping tool enables users to identify potential clean energy resource areas within the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. It covers eight energy resources: biomass, clean coal, geothermal, nuclear, solar, storage, waterand wind.


According to the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council (EISPC) the tool includes these features:

·         Flexible analysis of siting factors such as slope and land protections

·         Analysis of potential collocation of energy technologies

·         Informed analysis to reduce new transmission construction


You can learn more and access the tool here.


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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

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