In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.
The In My Backyard tool allows private homes and businesses to estimate solar photovoltaic or wind turbine energy potentials
MapSearch is a user-friendly interface to search for the latest maps created by the NREL GIS team, including renewable energy potential maps, using a variety of filters
The Solar Power Prospector is a mapping tool for Concentrating Solar Power technology and development potential
Western Renewable Energy Zones and Transmission
WREZ Phase 1 Map [Image: Western Governors' Association and U.S. Department of Energy]
The Renewable Transmission Energy Project is an initiative of the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and the the Western Interstate Energy Board to analyze how best to develop a Western regional market and transmission grid for high quality renewable energy resources in the Western Interconnection. The transmission planning process and analyses will consider impacts to wildlife and water resources to increase the long-term viability of selected transmission plans.
The current plan builds on the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) Initiative, a joint project of the WGA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The WREZ Phase 1 Report completed in June 2009, brought together diverse interests, information, and analytical tools to identify areas in the Western Interconnection for potential development of renewable energy resources with low environmental impacts. GIS layers used in this Phase 1 Report can be viewed and downloaded by logging on to the NREL WREZ GIS portal (Username: wrez and Password: guest).
The NBII Program is administered by the Biological Informatics Program of the U.S. Geological Survey