Claremont Graduate University (CGU) researchers have created an interactive map they say makes it easier for Californians to know when and where energy infrastructure projects are planned for their communities.
The map, powered by Esri, illustrates the construction and energy development boom that has gone on as California strives to reach its policy goal of generating one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Energy Maps shows the locations of more than 6,000 major solar, wind, natural gas, and power line projects that are in the planning process throughout the state. The map plots 5,800 proposed and recently permitted oil and gas wells, 215 solar generation facilities, 28 major new transmission lines, and more “Seeing all of these projects mapped out like this is really the only way to grasp the size of the renewable energy corridors that encompass huge swaths of the state,” said Hal T. Nelson, the professor who led the map’s development. “I think most people will be shocked when they see how much land is being utilized for this purpose.” The map uses data from state agencies and energy industry trade publications, and is designed so that users can upload more data. The map was funded in part with a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation. This story was originally published by Techwire.