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Study pinpoints West’s best wind and solar areas February 7, 2009

Filed under: Solar,Wind — nwrenewablenews @ 2:41 pm
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The Western Governors’ Association is working to identify the windiest and sunniest areas of the West – in other words, those areas best suited for major renewable energy projects.

Working with the Department of Energy, the Governors’ Association has released a draft study naming areas that contain the most potential for development of renewable energy sources, also including geothermal and hydropower.

The study says there are more than 235,000 megawatts of developable energy in 12 western states, Mexico’s Baja California and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

Directors say the “Western Renewable Energy Zone” project is intended to bring more renewable energy online by facilitating the construction of major transmission lines between resource areas and population centers.

The project is now taking public comment on its early findings.

On the Net, Western Governors’ Association, http://www.westgov.org/

The Associated Press – http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=9805883

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