NREL’s Big Picture on the Green Economy

By Michael Kanellos on December 10, 2009

The National Renewable Energy Lab has created a new site, called the Clean Energy Economy Gateway, that seeks to make it easier for executives and policy makers to get the broad overview of the state of the green economy in the U.S. The site essentially combines Google Earth, NREL's documents, and information from participants in an effort to provide easier access to data on solar projects, stimulus grants and other topics and to provide new ways to examine existing data.

Want a map that cross-references renewable portfolio standards and ongoing renewable projects against local population? They have it, and it highlights how, from a per capita perspective, Maine and Minnesota are somewhat active markets-the borders of both states (among others) are elevated above their neighbors in a 3D visualization. Another link provides quick access to a map of smart meter and AMI projects.

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