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Shifting the Paradigm: Developing Tools for Evaluating Renewable Energy Potential in Rhode Island

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Christopher Damon of URI's Environmental Data Center presents for the Renewable Energy Siting Partnership.

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Shifting the Paradigm: Developing Tools for Evaluating Renewable Energy Potential in Rhode Island

  1. 1. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy Decisions Shifting the Paradigm:Developing Tools for Evaluating Renewable Energy  Potential in Rhode Island Environmental Data Center, University of Rhode Island Kathleen M. Mallon Outreach Center, University of Rhode Island Environment Northeast
  2. 2. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy Decisions Mapping Within the RESP:  Framework Gather Available Information Analytics Tools and Utilities Visualization Distribution
  3. 3. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Trends and Statistics Gather available info Regional Patterns State Views Data to include: energy production; transmission; consumption; delivery systems
  4. 4. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Trends and Statistics Gather available info Regional Patterns Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:  Electricity Generation by Fuel Type Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:  Electricity Consumption
  5. 5. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Trends and Statistics Gather available info State  Summaries – Requires better  resolution of data – Non‐traditional  mapping methods – Coordinating with  NGrid
  6. 6. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Wind Power Gather available info Elevation Land Cover Wind Speed with Turbines
  7. 7. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Low‐Head Hydro Power Gather available info Potential/Constraints for  Power Development  Using Existing Dams Data Needs – Dam characteristics – Elevation – Watershed boundaries Wikipedia.org – Land cover Traditional Hydroelectric  Facility – Flow statistics
  8. 8. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Low‐Head Hydro Power Gather available info Analytics INL Virtual Hydropower Prospector – Locate and assess resource potential USGS StreamStats – Watershed development
  9. 9. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Power Gather available info PV Potential on Closed  Landfill Sites Data Needs – Elevation – Meteorological info – Existing array locations Solarenergyfact.org
  10. 10. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Power Gather available info Digital Elevation Models Solarenergyfact.org Source:  NED 30m (~98ft) Source:  LiDAR 0.6m (2ft)
  11. 11. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Used by Multiple  Agencies/Groups   – U.S. Forest Service – Renewable Energy Atlas of  Vermont – Solar Boston Esri, 2011
  12. 12. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Develop Viewshed Hemispherical (“fisheye”) view
  13. 13. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Esri, 2011 Viewshed – determines area of available sky
  14. 14. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Esri, 2011 Esri, 2011 Sunmap – direct radiation Skymap – diffuse radiation
  15. 15. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Global Radiation Esri, 2011 Direct Radiation  Diffuse Radiation 
  16. 16. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Solar Potential – Status – Ongoing, evaluating  Solarenergyfact.org methodology with TMY data Elevation Surface Solar Potential W‐h/m²
  17. 17. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Solar Analyst Gather available info Analytics Solar Potential With Constraints – Roads, Wetlands, 100yr floodplain Original Solar Potential Output Solar Potential With Constraints Removed
  18. 18. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Tools and Utilities Gather available info Analytics Tools PVWatts Viewer http://mapserve3.nrel.gov/PVWatts_Viewer/index.html Site Evaluation Tools – No need to reinvent the wheel
  19. 19. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Tools and Utilities Gather available info Analytics Tools In My Backyard (IMBY) http://mercator.nrel.gov/imby/
  20. 20. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Tools and Utilities Gather available info Analytics Tools In My Backyard (IMBY) http://mercator.nrel.gov/imby/
  21. 21. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Visualization Gather available info Analytics Tools Look; Find; Communicate Visualization/Distribution http://www.njenergydatacenter.org/ http://www.vtenergyatlas.com/
  22. 22. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Visualization Gather available info Analytics The Open PV Project Tools Visualization/Distribution Look; Find;  Communicate http://openpv.nrel.gov/gallery
  23. 23. Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP): Helping Communities make Renewable Energy DecisionsMapping Within the RESP:  Visualization Gather available info Analytics Tools Visualization/Distribution Primary Features: > RI energy summaries and RE info > Background energy info > Charts, graphs, tables, maps of  regional/state energy usage > Resource potential and site  evaluation tools > Downloadable data and maps Web Design RFP > Final interviews in process

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