Skip to Content

The Energy Belts

August 18, 2009

These maps show how the renewable resources of wind, geothermal, and solar energy are distributed across the United States, along with the locations of existing and proposed nuclear reactors. To transport electricity from renewable-rich areas to other parts of the country (particularly the East and West Coasts), groups such as the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank, have proposed a new national network of high-capacity transmission lines. While the need for expanded local and regional transmission lines is clear, the argument for an overhauled national network is less so. Building such a system would be expensive, and the money may be more effectively spent in local improvements such as smart meters (see “Intelligent Electricity”).

http://www.technologyreview.com/files/32361/maps_.swf

Keep Reading

Most Popular

Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks

One insider says the company’s current staffing isn’t able to sustain the platform.

Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready?

Digital clones of the people we love could forever change how we grieve.

How to befriend a crow

I watched a bunch of crows on TikTok and now I'm trying to connect with some local birds.

Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not

Elon said no thanks to using his mega-constellation for navigation. Researchers went ahead anyway.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.