Renewable Energy Resource Potential

The graph below displays the renewable energy technical potential from different renewable energy resources (e.g., wind, solar, geothermal, biomass) as a quantity of electricity that could be generated annually, in megawatt hours.

Technical potential represents the achievable energy generation of a particular technology given system performance, topographic limitations, environmental, and land-use constraints. It establishes an upper-boundary estimate of renewable energy development potential. These estimates were calculated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

 
Hydro
Biomass
Geothermal
Wind
Solar

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Source: NREL, 2013.

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50 States Comparison Scatterplot

Compare states using two sets of criteria. Hover over a state's data point to see how they compare to other states in the chosen criteria.

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