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Interactive Web-Based Mapping Tool for Energy Zone Planning

EVS Seminar Series
Vladimir Koritarov (DIS) and Jim Kuiper (EVS)
June 6, 2013 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Building 240, Room 1404-1405
This seminar will include a presentation about the project and a demonstration of the EZ Mapping Tool.

Argonne has launched a new, interactive, web-based tool, available at, for planning energy zones in the eastern United States as part of an Energy Zones Study for the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC).

The Energy Zones Study includes nine clean energy resource categories: biomass, clean coal (with carbon capture and sequestration), geothermal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, storage, water, and wind. For each of these major categories, energy resource data and information were compiled, reviewed, and assembled into a geographic information system (GIS) database for development of the new web-based tool, the EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool.

This Energy Zones Mapping Tool includes an extensive mapping library (over 260 layers) of energy resource and related information, interactive models to locate areas with high suitability for clean power generation, a variety of reports that can be run for user-specified regions, and a policy and incentives database. The models and reports encompass 29 power generation and storage technologies capable of grid-level power production.

Models in the tool use maps of energy resource availability and other siting factors to create “heat maps” (example below) showing the suitability of areas for clean energy resource development.

The DOE-funded EISPC Energy Zones Study is a collaborative effort of Argonne’s Environmental Science Division and Decision and Information Sciences Division; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

For any additional information contact Jim Kuiper at