The Renewable Energy Resource Assessment Information for the United States report summarizes the results of nearly 30 national renewable energy resource assessments performed by the U.S. national laboratories since 2012. Included are assessments for solar, wind, biomass, marine, geothermal, and hydropower energy resource technologies. Increased attention is given to the renewable energy resources available near federally recognized Tribal Nations and low-to-moderate income households, where assessed.
The following are highlights from the report:
· The United States is a resource-rich country with abundant renewable energy resources. Every region of the country has access to multiple renewable energy resources. The available renewable resource is 100 times that of the Nation’s annual electricity need.
· There is a large, untapped technical potential to convert gross renewable resources into electricity. In 2020, the United States used only 0.2% of the total available renewable energy potential available for electricity production.
· Over 9% of the nationally available renewable energy resource is found within 10 miles of federally recognized Tribal lands.
· Solar, wind, and geothermal are the most abundant renewable energy resources nationwide. Ocean, biomass, and hydropower energy resources have important roles to play in each region where they are found.
· Both an expansion of current technology deployment—generation and delivery—and research activities will enable increased access to the Nation’s renewable energy resource potential.