Saturday, August 22, 2009

U.S. Electric Supply and Grid

Some great maps of U.S. electricity supply and grid from NPR's website. The map above shows all power stations by size. Other maps show the share of different power sources by state (e.g. Vermont is the most nuclear state in the Union). Most importantly the transmission lines are mostly not where the best locations for alternative energy are (with the exception of some areas of the southwest near Los Angeles. Not surprisingly the latter are a hotbed of solar investment. Australia's situation is similar from what I have heard.

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