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Transmission Line Updates and new Layer Added

March 15, 2017

The Platts transmission line layers have been updated and a new layer representing North American Electricity and Environment Model (NEEM) regions has been added to the EZMT.


New EZMT Capabilities Video

March 07, 2017

A new 3-minute video showing some of the main capabilities of the EZMT is available here. It was displayed at the recent ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.


New Map Layers

December 22, 2016

The following mapping layers were added:
• Hydro Run-of-River Max Monthly Gen (1970 – 2015, May)
• Hydro Run-of-River Min Monthly Gen (1970 – 2015, September)
• Watersheds (HUC2)
• Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ)


Updated and Extended Layers

December 12, 2016

The following mapping layers were updated and extended to a U.S. extent:
• Candidate Landfill Methane Project
• Coal Mine/Facility
• Commercial Nuclear Power Plant
• Candidate Landfill Methane Project
• Marine Protected Areas
• National Conservation Easement Database
• NERC Region Boundaries
• Protected Areas Database
• Pumped Storage Site


Updated and Extended Layers

November 04, 2016

The following mapping layers were updated and extended to a U.S. extent:
• Surface Water Flow - NHDPlus Version 2
• Coal Basin, Region & Field
• Energy Potential Non-Powered Dam
• North American Oil & Gas Field
• Operational Anaerobic Digester
• Shutdown Anaerobic Digester
• Under Construction/Unknown Anaerobic Digester
• Environmental Risk Categorization (Western Electricity Coordinating Council)
• Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)
• BLM Administrative Areas
• Ecological risk to sensitive aquatic and riparian species at the HUC12 level due to water use for the western U.S.
• Ecological risk to sensitive aquatic and riparian species at the HUC 8 level due to water use for the western U.S.
• Greater Sage-Grouse General Habitat Management Area Wind Allocations
• Greater Sage-Grouse Priority Habitat Management Area Wind Allocations
• Sagebrush Focal Areas Wind Allocations
• Greater Sage-Grouse General Habitat Management Area Solar Allocations
• Greater Sage-Grouse Priority Habitat Management Area Solar Allocations
• Sagebrush Focal Areas Solar Allocations

• 17 layers that have various current and future water availability data.


Updated and Extended Layers

September 09, 2016

The following mapping layers were updated and extended to a U.S. extent:
• Surface Water Flow - NHDPlus Version 2
• Water Bodies
• Concentrating Solar Direct Normal Potential
• Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Potential
• Photovoltaic Potential
• Tilted Photovoltaic Potential
• Watershed
• Wind Turbine Site
• WindFarm - USGS Energy Resources Program
• Stream / River

The following new layers were added:
• Surface Management Agency
• Solar Energy Zones
• Environmental Risk Categorization (Western Electricity Coordinating Council)


Updated and Extended Layers

August 01, 2016

The following mapping layers were updated and extended to a U.S. extent:
• Airport
• Airport Runway
• Alternative Fuel Station
• Census Tract
• County Boundary
• Major Road
• Military Installation Point
• Populated Place
• Railroads
• State Boundary
• Transmission Line - Existing
• Transmission Line - Planned
• Urban Area

The following new layers were added:
• Congressional District (114th)
• Military Installation Area
• Seismic Risk (2% in 50 years)
• Seismic Risk (AK) (10% in 50 years)
• Seismic Risk (HI) (10% in 50 years)


Electrical Transmission Report Updated

May 05, 2016

The Electrical Transmission Report has been updated and extended to run for the full North American extent of the electrical transmission line data from Platts.


Water Resource Data Added

April 28, 2016

Four layers: Water Availability, Water Cost, Water Areas of Concern, and Water Consumptive Use, have been added to the EZMT mapping library. The data were developed by Sandia National Laboratories and provide results at the 8-digit hydrologic unit level (HUC8) for the eastern U.S. An EZMT report to provide results for user-specified areas based on this information is under development.


Updated Web Pages

April 14, 2016

Content on the EZMT home page, and other sub-pages was reviewed and updated, particularly to reflect the increased geographic scope.


New Energy Infrastructure and Related Data

March 16, 2016

The following energy infrastructure layers, and related themes, have been added to the EZMT Mapping Library, all from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

• Biodiesel Plants
• Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Import/Export Terminals
• Natural Gas Processing Plants
• Natural Gas Underground Storage
• Petroleum Refineries
• Pipelines - Crude Oil
• Pipelines - Hydocarbon Gas Liquid (HGL)
• Pipelines - Natural Gas
• Pipelines - Petroleum Product
• Power Plants
• Sedimentary Basins with EIA Shale Plays
• Strategic Petroleum Reserves
• Tight Oil/Shale Gas Plays


Updates to Commercially Licensed Data

March 15, 2016

Due to expiration of the commercial license on March 15:
• The following Platts mapping layers were removed: Power Plants, Substations, Pipelines (including Natural Gas, Crude Oil, and Refined Products)
• Modeling layers based on the layers above were removed from the modeling library and default model configurations.
• Reports which used the removed data have been removed, and are in the process of being revised to use new non-commercial sources where they exist and are of sufficient quality. Affected reports include: Corridor, Electrical Transmission, Existing Hydropower Dams, Pipeline, Power Plants, and Pulverized Coal.
• New non-commercial replacements to the mapping and modeling libraries for some of the removed information will be added shortly.

Please contact ezmt@anl.gov with questions, comments, or suggestions for alternative data sources that could be added.


Pending Energy Infrastructure Data Changes

March 01, 2016

Several significant changes will be made to the energy infrastructure data in the EZMT:
• Due to expiration of the commercial license on March 15, the following Platts mapping layers will be removed: Power Plants, Substations, Pipelines (including Natural Gas, Crude Oil, and Refined Products)
• The Platts transmission line layers (planned and existing) will be renewed for another year and kept available
• See the Utility category in the mapping data library for many non-commercial layers that will remain.
• Modeling layers based on removed data will also be removed, including Distance to (any) Pipelines, and Distance to Substation
• The best available non-commercial data for the removed layers, will be added, many from the DOE Energy Information Administration.
• Power plant and corridor suitability models will be updated to remove or replace the removed modeling layers.
• Modified default/system models will be recomputed.
• Reports and report sections depending on removed data will be removed or updated with non-commercial sources: Affected reports include: Corridor, Electrical Transmission, Existing Hydropower Dams, Pipeline, Power Plants, and Pulverized Coal

Please contact ezmt@anl.gov with questions, comments, or suggestions for alternative data sources that could be added.


Wind Resource Data and Model Changes

February 26, 2016

Several changes were made to the wind resource data and wind turbine models:
• New wind resource layers were added to the mapping library (see previous news item)
• Wind resource data in the mapping and modeling library from AWS Truepower was removed, due to expiration of the commercial license
• New wind resources were added to the modeling library
• The system/default land-based and offshore wind turbine models for 80m and 100m heights were updated to use the new resource data
• Saved model results using the AWS data are still available, but have to be switched to use the new layers if they are revised/recomputed using the model results "gear" icon

Please contact ezmt@anl.gov with questions or comments.


New Wind Speed Data

February 25, 2016

New layers for annual average wind speed have been added for 80m and 100m heights. The layers cover North America and are derived from results computed at Argonne using the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) Version 3.7 modeling system.


EZMT will be Extended to the U.S.

November 06, 2015

Updates to extend the mapping layers and reports in the EZMT to cover the entire United States have started. As a first step, the Platts energy infrastructure layers in the mapping library were updated, including power plants, transmission lines, substations, and pipelines. These layers also extend into Canada and Mexico.


New Jersey Wind Energy Area Lease Layer Added

October 21, 2015

A new layer which represents the two Wind Energy Area (WEA) leases which will go up for auction on November 9th, 2015 has been added to the website. For more information on the layer please visit: http://www.boem.gov/New-Jersey/

For more information on the auction, please visit: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-auction-344000-acres-offshore-new-jersey-wind-energy-development?utm_source=DOI+Press+Release%3A+NJ+FSN&utm_campaign=VA+Research+Lease+%232&utm_medium=email


New Ridgeline Layer

October 08, 2015

A new layer has been added to the EZ Mapping tool which represents major ridgelines at a 1km scale in the United States. The layer has been added to the main data catalog and is also available as a modeling layer which can be added to land-based wind turbine models. This layer is from Wind Prospector at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( https://maps.nrel.gov/wind-prospector/ )


New EZMT YouTube Channel

September 10, 2015

Instructional videos and recorded demonstrations about the EZMT are now available on our Energy Zones Mapping Tool YouTube Channel.


Recording Available: Energy Planning and Climate Change

August 31, 2015

A recording of the August 26, 2015 webinar on "Energy Planning and Climate Change" is available here: https://youtu.be/-toeAM9141I.


Webcast Demo: Wednesday, August 26, at 2:00 pm Central

August 21, 2015

Energy Planning and Climate Change
A webinar demonstration of the Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Wednesday, August 26, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/ezmt_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This demonstration will highlight the recently added climate change data based on the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and the climate change report which facilitates analysis of climate-energy issues for user-defined areas.


Climate Change Report Added

August 21, 2015

As part of a broader task to increase the energy-water capabilities of the EZMT, a new Climate Change Report has been added. Data cited in the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) relevant to energy planning was also gathered and added as mapping layers. The new report samples the layers in a user-specified area and provides a concise summary of the following topics: projected temperature change and cooling degree days, sea level rise, water stress, and flood magnitude trends. The report also includes excerpts from the 2014 NCA with links to the document itself.

The 2014 NCA summarizes the impacts of climate change in the United States and projects the effects we can expect in the future. It was written by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which resulted from the Global Change Research Act of 1990. Representatives from 13 U.S. federal agencies participate in the program, and the NCA is updated every four years.


Interface Update for Models

August 21, 2015

An option to run models as draft (faster/lower resolution) or final (slower/higher resolution) was added to the Model Launcher dialog. The option applies to, power plant models, corridor suitability models, corridor routes generated from endpoints, and any user-defined model.

The draft models run at 1km resolution, and final models run at 250m resolution. When generating corridors from endpoints, final runs require an input corridor suitability model run with final quality.


EZMT Featured in White House Report

July 30, 2015

In a new report published by the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, "Modernizing Our Electric Transmission Infrastructure and Driving the Development of Clean Energy", the Energy Zones Mapping Tool is listed as a tool to "enable transmission planners and regulatory officials to study and compare alternative transmission line routes more efficiently and systematically".


Recording Available: Planning a Potential Energy Zone

July 29, 2015

A recording of the July 28 webinar "Planning a Potential Energy Zone" is available here: https://youtu.be/yB717t9hEmo


Webcast Demo: Tuesday, July 28, at 2:00 pm Central

July 21, 2015

Planning a Potential Energy Zone
A webinar demonstration of the Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, July 28, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/ezmt_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This demonstration will show how to use models to locate a potential energy zone suitable for several different technologies, study the location with the analysis tools, and generate potential corridor routes linking it to the transmission grid.


New River Temperature Model (NE) Layer

July 21, 2015

A new layer was added, depicting the results of a Thermoelectric Power & Thermal Pollution Model (TP2M) for the northeast U.S. TP2M is a simulation model that simultaneously quantifies thermal pollution of rivers and estimates efficiency losses in electricity generation as a result of fluctuating intake temperatures and river flows typically encountered across the temperate zone. Results include estimated monthly and annual average temperature changes due to power plants for 2000 to 2010. The scope of the modeling includes rivers with discharges of at least 5 cubic meters/second, and results are computed at a 5 km cell resolution.


Recording Available: New Corridor Route Generation Tool

July 02, 2015

A recording of the June 30 webinar "New Corridor Route Generation Tool" is available at:https://youtu.be/u2zZ60JHOI4.


Recent Updates

June 30, 2015

The following mapping layers were added:
• Viewshed Sample: Appalachian Trail
• Aqueduct Water Risk
• Aqueduct Water Stress Projections

The following modeling layer was added:
• Viewshed Sample: Appalachian Trail

Interface updates:
• Populated default parameters for corridor suitability model input layers
• Added three corridor suitability default models
• Improvements to corridor suitability models and route generation
• Released new corridor tools to all users.


Protected Lands Layer Updated

June 25, 2015

The Protected Lands layer has been updated with protection level changes to several different Federal property classifications. The default models for each energy type have been updated with this change.


Webcast Demo: Tuesday, June 30, at 2:00 pm Central

June 24, 2015

New Corridor Route Generation Tool
A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, June 30, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/ezmt_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This demonstration will feature the recently-released tools to generate potential energy corridor routes using a modeling process.


Recording Available: Generating and Using Reports

May 26, 2015

A recording of the May 26 webinar "Generating and Using Reports" is available here:https://youtu.be/bw9gRxGPTfs


Webcast Demo: Tuesday, May 26, at 2:00 pm Central

May 20, 2015

Generating and Using Reports
This webinar about reports in the Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, May 26, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/ezmt_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

The Energy Zone Mapping Tool provides reports on many topics, and they can be used to analyze energy resources, energy infrastructure, siting constraints and opportunities, and model results. We will demonstrate each report with real-world examples of using them for analysis.


New Map Layers

May 01, 2015

The following map layers have been added.
• Projected Temperature Change
• Trends in Flood Magnitude - Positive
• Trends in Flood Magnitude - Negative


Recording Available: Corridor Analysis

March 26, 2015

A recording of the March 26 webinar "Corridor Analysis" is available here: https://youtu.be/adYea_6uYkQ


Updated User Interface

March 25, 2015

Version 4.0 of the user interface has been released with the following changes:
• The Areas/Corridors tool has been separated into Areas, and Corridors,
• The Corridor Tools dialog now has two tabs, one for saving user corridors, and one for corridor suitability models,
• New corridor suitability models and ability to generate a corridor from two endpoints will be enabled soon,
• A Print tool was added,
• Notification messages when reports and models are launched and when they finish, and
• Several other user interface improvements were made.


New and Updated Map Layers

March 24, 2015

The following map layers have been added or updated.
New:
• Cooling Degree Day - Lower Emissions (2021-2050)
• Cooling Degree Day - Lower Emissions (2070-2099)
• Cooling Degree Day - Higher Emissions (2021-2050)
• Cooling Degree Day - Higher Emissions (2070-2099)
• Digital Elevation Model
• Proposed Global Important Bird Areas
• Global Important Bird Areas
• Critical Bird Habitat (ESA-Listed)
• Corridors and Key Habitat Areas
Updated:
• National Register of Historic Places (Polygon)
• National Register of Historic Places (Point)
• EPA Renewable Energy Sites, which was renamed to EPA Brownfield Sites (RE-Powering America's Land)


Print Tool Added

March 17, 2015

A print tool has been added to the mapping interface. It uses the extent and layers in the current map and generates a PDF. Formatting choices include letter or landscape sizes, landscape or portrait orientation, and three resolution settings.


Webcast Demo: Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 pm Central

March 14, 2015

Corridor Analysis
A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, March 26, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This one-hour demonstration will focus on analyzing planned or potential electrical transmission and pipeline corridors, including how obstacles can be identified and avoided early in the planning process.


Update on Commercially-Licensed Data

March 13, 2015

Three sources/sets of commercially-licensed data have been available in this tool. Licenses for most of the data were recently extended for another year, but some have been removed to save costs:


Recording Available: Highlight on Natural Gas

February 26, 2015

A recording of the February 24 webinar "Highlight on Natural Gas" is available here: https://youtu.be/cxSnES6ITwU


Updated Map Layers

February 25, 2015

The following map layers have been updated:
• Transmission Line – Existing
• Transmission Line – Planned
• Substation
• Refined Product Pipeline – Existing
• Refined Product Pipeline – Proposed
• Power Plant – Existing
• Power Plant – Planned
• Power Plant - Not Operational/Unknown
• Natural Gas Pipeline – Existing
• Natural Gas Pipeline – Proposed
• Crude Oil Pipeline – Existing
• Crude Oil Pipeline – Proposed
• Potential Retrofitted Pulverized Coal Plant
• Existing Hydropower Dam (At least 50MW)


Webcast Demo: Tuesday, February 24, at 2:00 pm Central

February 06, 2015

Highlight on Natural Gas
A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, February 24, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This one-hour demonstration will highlight natural gas data, reports, models, and policies in the system and how use to the tool for energy planning and analysis in the Natural Gas sector.


Policy Webinar Recording Available

February 02, 2015

A Wednesday, January 28, 2015 webinar covered the database of public policies information in the Energy Zones Mapping Tool. The database contains information on all the public policies that are relevant to clean energy development in the various states within the Eastern Interconnection. The presentation was given by Warren Leon, Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance, and Heather Rhoads-Weaver, Founder of eFormative Options. They covered how the inventory of policies was compiled, demonstrated how the database can be used to find specific policies, and also discussed trends in state energy policy that affect clean energy development.

The recording is available at https://youtu.be/8PYvN8Wegno or http://www.naruc.org/Grants/EISPC/2015-01-28-1458Webinar_The-EISPC-Energy-Zones-Policies-Database.wmv.


Webcast Demo: Thursday January 29, at 2:00 pm Central

January 26, 2015

Tour of the Mapping Library
A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, January 29, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.

This one-hour demonstration will be a tour of the the mapping library, which has over 260 map layers available for your use, including energy resource and infrastructure, environmental, siting factors, references, and many others. Most layers can be downloaded, and all have metadata describing their sources and other details.


Webinar: EISPC Energy Zones Policies Database

January 26, 2015

Please join us on Wednesday, Jan 28th at 3 pm ET for a webinar presentation on a database of public policies information in the Energy Zones Mapping Tool. The database contains information on all the public policies that are relevant to clean energy development in the various states within the Eastern Interconnection. The presentation will be given by Warren Leon, Executive Director of the Clean Energy States Alliance, and Heather Rhoads-Weaver, Founder of eFormative Options. They will cover how the inventory of policies was compiled, demonstrate how the database can be used to find specific policies, and also discuss trends in state energy policy that affect clean energy development.

Registration: Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6083611394464617218
Webinar ID: 128-646-419
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


State Policy Summaries Updated

January 26, 2015

State-level policy summaries have been updated in the policy search page. To view a state summary, choose one of the states in the County/State/Province list and click Search. A link to that state's summary will be included at the top of the search results.


New and Updated Mapping and Modeling Layers

January 23, 2015

An "FAA Navigation Aid" layer was added to the mapping layer catalog.

The following new modeling layers were added to the model layer catalog:
• Distance to Planned Transmission
• Distance to Planned Natural Gas Pipeline (>= 12 inch)
• Distance to Air Navigation (DME, NDB)
• Distance to Air Navigation (VOR, TACAN)

Also, in preparation for corridor modeling, units in all "distance to" modeling layers were changed from miles to meters, and existing default model configurations were changed accordingly to offset the change.


Webcast Demo: Tuesday December 16, at 2:00 pm Central

December 08, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, December 16, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This one-hour demonstration will highlight issues related to energy and water, including the data and analysis capabilities in the tool now, and planned enhancements.


New Map Layers

November 08, 2014

The following map layers have been added to the EZ Mapping Tool:
• National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
• Nationwide Rivers Inventory
• Renewable Energy Leasing Area
• Thermoelectric Power Plant Water Use (2010)


Updated Models and Modeling Layers

November 05, 2014

All of the suitability models and many of the model layers have been revised to match the updated mapping library layers available in the tool. The pre-computed default model runs that are accessible in the Results window of the tool were also updated. Updated model layers include:
• Existing transmission lines (several capacity levels)
• Planned transmission lines (new layer)
• Existing natural gas pipelines
• Planned natural gas pipelines (new layer)
• 100-year flood plains
• Ports
• Airports
• Land cover
• Habitat
• Protected areas
• Imperiled species


Webcast Demonstration: Wednesday November 19, at 2:00 pm Central

November 04, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Wednesday, November 19, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This one-hour demonstration will highlight the corridor analysis capabilities currently in the tool and more about the planned corridor enhancements.


Interface Improvements

October 22, 2014

Improvements to the user interface were released to improve performance. The changes resolve slow loading and updates of Library, Areas/Corridors, Analyze, and Results dialogs.


Updated Map Layers

October 13, 2014

The following map layers have been updated:
• Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat Assessment (NC)
• Crude Oil Pipeline - Existing
• Crude Oil Pipeline - Proposed
• Natural Gas Pipeline - Existing
• Natural Gas Pipeline - Proposed
• Power Plant - Existing
• Power Plant - Not Operational/Unknown
• Power Plant - Planned
• Refined Product Pipeline - Existing
• Refined Product Pipeline - Proposed
• Substation
• Transmission Line - Existing
• Transmission Line - Planned


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday August 26, at 2:00 pm Central

August 19, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, August 26, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This demonstration will highlight solar energy resource data, and utility-scale concentrating solar and photovoltaic suitability models.


Recorded Wind Energy Demo Available

July 30, 2014

The July 29 webinar about the EISPC EZ Mapping Tool was recorded, and can be accessed at https://youtu.be/rrlCKxyZ-0c. This session provides a short introduction to the project and web site, followed by a demonstration of the wind energy data and models in the tool.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday July 29, at 2:00 pm Central

July 25, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, July 29, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This demonstration will highlight wind energy data, models, and reports.


Updated Map Layers

July 25, 2014

The following map layers have been updated:
• Imperiled Species
• National Conservation Easement Database
• Wind Turbine Site
• Transmission Line – Existing
• Transmission Line – Planned
• Substation
• Refined Product Pipeline – Existing
• Refined Product Pipeline – Proposed
• Power Plant – Existing
• Power Plant – Planned
• Power Plant - Not Operational/Unknown
• Natural Gas Pipeline – Existing
• Natural Gas Pipeline – Proposed
• Crude Oil Pipeline – Existing
• Crude Oil Pipeline – Proposed
• Potential Retrofitted Pulverized Coal Plant
• Existing Hydropower Dam (At least 50MW)


1,000 Users Registered

June 27, 2014

On June 27, 2014 registration for the EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool reached 1,000 users.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, June 24, 2:00 Central

May 15, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, June 24, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#. The webinar will highlight the Policies, Regulations, and Incentives database, and the Clean Energy States Alliance will help present it.


User Registration Reaches 900

May 15, 2014

On May 15, 2015 registration for the EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool reached 900 users.


Updated Map Layers

May 15, 2014

The following map layers have been updated:
• Landscape Permeability Flow Model
• National Register of Historic Places (Point)
• National Register of Historic Places (Polygon)
• windFarm – USGS Energy Resource Program
• Natural Gas Storage Facility
• Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal
• Independent System Operator (ISO) Zone
• Electric Planning Areas
• Electric Non-Investor Owned Utility (NonIOU) Service Territory
• Electric Investor Owned Utility (IOU) Service Territory
• National Land Cover Database (2011 Edition)
• Conservation Opportunity Area (MO)
• Natural Heritage Area (NC)
• Focus Area of Ecological Significance (ME)
• Important Bird Area
• Southeast Resilience Project
• Conserved Land (NH)
• Conserved Land (ME)
• Mountain Treasures Area
• Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species and Significant Community (VT)
• Natural Heritage Inventory Managed Area (OK)
• Natural Heritage Area (RI)
• Critical Habitat Area
• State Claimed Water Body (LA)
• Florida Conservation Land (FL)
• State Owned/Leased Land (LA)
• Natural Area (DE)
• Florida Forever Board of Trustees Project Area (FL)
• Natural Diversity Database (CT)


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, April 22, 2:00 Central

April 01, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, April 22, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This demonstration will highlight biomass energy data, models, and reports.


Updated Map Layers

April 01, 2014

The following map layers have been updated:
• Airport
• Airport Runway
• Alternative Fuel Station
• Atlantic OCS Wind Energy Area
• Coastal Barrier Resources System
• County Boundary
• Crude Oil Pipeline – Existing
• Crude Oil Pipeline - Proposed
• Ecoregional Portfolio
• Environmental Hazard Site
• FWS Specially Designated Area
• Indian Reservation
• Major Road
• Marine Port
• National Conservation Easement Database
• National Park Service Boundary
• Natural Gas Pipeline – Existing
• Natural Gas Pipeline - Proposed
• Navigable Waterway Network
• Potential Retrofitted Pulverized Coal Plant
• Railroad
• Refined Product Pipeline – Existing
• Refined Product Pipeline - Proposed
• Scenic Byway
• State Boundary
• Transmission Line – Existing
• Transmission Line - Planned
• U.S. Populated Place
• Urban Area
• Watershed
• Wilderness Area
• Wind Turbine Site


Webcast Demonstration: Thursday, March 20, 2:00 Central

March 03, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, March 20, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This demonstration will highlight the many reports in the tool and how they can be used for analysis.


Recent Updates

February 15, 2014

• Updated help content (hardcopy and four new videos)
• New Pipeline report
• New EPA Brownfields report
• Updated Habitat, and Protected Lands Report (summary graph)
• Updated Corridor report (added population section)
• Updaded map layers: Platts natural gas, crude oil, and refined product pipelines
• Miscellaneous interface improvements
• Twelve new biomass models have been added to the Analysis: Models interface, with corresponding Model Layer Catalog resource layers:

Biomass Co-fire with Existing Coal Plant:
• Logged Others
• Logged Residue
• Logging Thinnings
• Milling Residues
• Urban Wood/Construction/Demolition Debris
• Urban Wood/Municipal Solid Waste

New Biomass-fired Plant with Traditional Combustion:
• Logged Others
• Logged Residue
• Logging Thinnings
• Milling Residues
• Urban Wood/Construction/Demolition Debris
• Urban Wood/Municipal Solid Waste


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, February 25, 2:00 Central

February 14, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, February 25, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This session will highlight recent updates and natural-gas models and reports.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 Central

January 14, 2014

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, January 28, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_tool_demo.
Audio is either via the webinar, or phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.
This session will concentrate primarily on running models and evaluating results.


Webcast Demonstration: Thursday, December 12, 2:00 Central

November 27, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, December 12, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc131212.
Audio is by phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.


Recent Updates

November 22, 2013

Recently released updates include:
• Updated technology summary pages
• Updated state summaries for policy queries
• Synergy models can now be reviewed with the gear icon and re-run with modifications
• Added final report to Documents page
• Updated "distance to" modeling layers for transmission and substations
• Updated default models
• Added 14 raster layers to downloadable GIS data


Slope Layer Deleted from Land-based Wind Models

November 21, 2013

Comparison of existing wind turbine locations from the FAA database vs. the default land-based wind turbine models showed that slope was causing areas with existing ridge-line wind farms to have low suitability. Slope was eliminated from the default land-based wind turbine model parameters and pre-computed system models. If desired, slope (or any other input modeling layer) can be added in user-defined models.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 Central

November 12, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, November 12, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc131112.
Audio is by phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.


Updated Map Layers and Modeling Layers

November 12, 2013

The following map layers have been updated:
• Environmental Hazard Site
• Wilderness Area
• National Conservation Easement Database
• Important Bird Areas
• Transmission Line
• Substation
• Refined Product Pipeline
• Power Plant – Planned
• Power Plant – Not Operational/Unknown
• Power Plant – Existing
• Natural Gas Pipeline
• Existing Hydropower Dam (at least 50 MW)
• Crude Oil Pipeline
• Habitats of Particular Concern
• Essential Fish Habitat
• Navigational Aid
• Submarine Cable
• Anchorage Area
• Wind Turbine Site

In addition, the following model layers have been updated: • Distance to Transmission (>= 115kV)
• Distance to Transmission (>= 220V)
• Distance to Transmission (>= 345kV)
• Distance to Transmission (>= 500kV)
• Distance to Transmission (>= 735kV)
• Distance to Transmission (DC)
• Distance to Substations


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, October 22, 2:00 Central

September 27, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, October 22, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to access the webinar: http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc131022
Audio is by phone: 877-685-5350, access code 853223#.


Shapefile Download Capability Added

September 26, 2013

A "Download Shapefile" action was added to the Map Layer Catalog. This function downloads a .zip file of the selected layer, including GIS data files, metadata, and field descriptions. Some layers cannot be provided for download due licensing which does not allow redistribution from this web site. While the mapping library is maintained to keep data current, most layers are available from their original sources. We recommend reviewing the included metadata to determine the original source, and checking with that source for newer data or more information. Also, creators of the original source data may have additional citation requests or requirements described in the metadata.


Webcast Training Seminar: Thursday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central

August 30, 2013

A free two-hour EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool training seminar will be presented on Thursday, September 12, at 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT.
The training seminar will include instruction on mapping tool functions, such as adding and removing data layers, and running suitability models and reports.
Presenters will demonstrate examples and provide participants with the opportunity to observe how to use the mapping tool to analyze regions and technologies of interest. Time will be provided to answer questions. Class size is limited and registration is required.
Use the following link to register: https://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolTrain-Sept12.


New Features Added

August 23, 2013

New features include:
Model Result Report: This new report lists results for a user-specified area, detailing the results of any suitability model. Graphs provide a visual summary of the model output and each input layer, providing quick insight into how each input layer contributed to the outcome. The report also documents all the input layers, weights, and suitability values used for the model run.
User-Defined Models: Any layer in the Model Layer Catalog can now be added to an existing model, or used to design a completely new model.
Synergy Models: The Model Launcher now supports Synergy Models to map the suitability of multiple technologies. Previously run models can be combined and individually weighted to produce a single composite map. For example, combining models for wind turbines, solar PV, and geothermal would help identify locations that could accommodate all of these technologies. The Final Report to be released in September will provide added guidance about positive and negative synergies of collocating power plants of different types.


Webcast Training Seminar: Thursday, August 29 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central

August 09, 2013

A free two-hour EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool training seminar will be presented on Thursday, August 29, at 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT.
The training seminar will include instruction on mapping tool functions, such as adding and removing data layers, and running suitability models and reports.
Presenters will demonstrate examples and provide participants with the opportunity to observe how to use the mapping tool to analyze regions and technologies of interest. Time will be provided to answer questions. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolTrain-Aug29. Please email Donna Brunner of Argonne National Laboratory at dbrunner@anl.gov if you have questions.


Recorded presentation from Virtual Coastal Geotools Conference available

August 01, 2013

A 20-minute presentation about the EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool was presented on June 21, 2013 for the Virtual Coastal Geotools Conference.
The schedule and abstract are available at http://geotools.csc.noaa.gov/Pages/program.aspx under the Thursday tab.
The recorded presentation is available at https://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/_a1005979616/p6gkp77ak25/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal, starting at 31:22.


Demand-Response Report Added

July 22, 2013

The new Demand-Response report lists, by state, results of the Navigant Consulting, Inc. Assessment of Demand-Side Resources within the Eastern Interconnection.
The report includes energy efficiency, demand-response, energy storage, distributed generation, and smart grid estimates for 2012-2030.


Webcast Demonstration: Thursday, July 25, 10:00 Central

July 21, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, July 25, at 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT.
Use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolDemo-July25.


Default Models Added to Results Window

July 18, 2013

Default suitability model results have been completed for each energy technology. These are found in the “Results” window. Users can now view any model without having to run it first by adding these layers to your map.


Added Habitat Report

July 12, 2013

Added habitat report which is based on over 70 different regional and local mapping layers, and corresponds to the composite habitat layer used in the suitability models.


Added Corridor Tool and Report

July 11, 2013

Analysis Areas have been extended to include a tool to draw corridors using a line and a width in feet.
A corridor report was added which lists a wide variety of information for screening-level assessment of corridors.


Natural Gas Models Added

June 25, 2013

Suitability models for natural gas were added, including:
- New Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT),
- Above-ground Natural Gas Storage, and
- Underground Natural Gas Storage.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 Central

June 18, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Tuesday, July 9, at 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT.
Use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolDemo-July9.


Classroom Mapping Tool Training Session - Denver, July 21, 8:30 a.m.

June 04, 2013

A free EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool hands‐on training session will be held during the NARUC Summer Committee Meetings in Denver, Colorado.
Training will include instruction on mapping tool functions, such as adding and removing data layers, and running models and reports.
Trainers will demonstrate example case studies and provide participants with the opportunity to use the tool to analyze regions and technologies of interest to them.
Class size is limited and registration is required.
Please email Donna Brunner of Argonne National Laboratory at dbrunner@anl.gov to register.

Those who would like to attend this training on Sunday July 21, 2013 are invited to apply for a Reimbursement Authorization for Travel (RAFT) and should contact Sharon Thomas, Program Officer at NARUC (sthomas@naruc.org). RAFTs will be awarded on a first‐come, first‐served basis.


New Biomass and Natural Gas Models

May 30, 2013

Two new biomass models and a natural gas model have been added. The biomass models represent a new biomass-fired plant with traditional combustion and a biomass plant co-fired with an existing coal plant. The natural gas model is for a new combined-cycle gas turbine plant.


Help Pages and Videos Added

May 29, 2013

Help features including descriptive pages and videos have been added to the web site and the mapping tool. From the web pages, access help through the menu at the top right. Within the tool, access help through the splash screen that appears when the tool is launched. This window can be reopened by clicking "Help" at the top right of the page.


Hands-on Training Session at NARUC Summer Committee Meetings

May 20, 2013

A free EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool hands-on training session will be held during the NARUC Summer Committee Meetings in Denver, Colorado.
The training session will be held on Sunday, July 21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Training will include instruction on mapping tool functions, such as adding and removing data layers, and running models and reports.
Trainers will demonstrate example case studies and provide participants the opportunity to use the tool to analyze regions and technologies of interest to them.
Do not miss this opportunity to obtain expert assistance using the EISPC Energy Zones Mapping Tool and discover how it can improve the efficiency of clean energy planning for the Eastern Interconnection.
Class size is limited and registration is required. Please e-mail Donna Brunner of Argonne National Laboratory at dbrunner@anl.gov to register.


Webcast Demonstration: Thursday, May 23, 11:00 Central

May 14, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Thursday, May 23, at noon ET/11am CT/10am MT.
Use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolDemo-May23.


Webcast Demonstration: Wednesday, May 15, 2:00 Central

April 30, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the EISPC Energy Zone Mapping Tool will be presented on Wednesday, May 15, at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT.
Use the following link to register: http://www.regonline.com/EZMappingToolDemo-May15.


Webcast Demonstration: Tuesday April 30, 10:00 Central

April 29, 2013

A one-hour webinar demonstration of the recent updates will be presented on Tuesday, April 30 at 11am ET/10am CT/9am MT.
The demonstration will concentrate on recent improvements to the tool interface, the policy database, new data layers, and using the tool for its primary purpose: identifying areas with high-density clean energy resources that could provide significant new power generation from a diverse set of energy resources and power production technologies.

To access the webinar browse to http://anl.adobeconnect.com/eispc_seminar, choose “Enter as a Guest”, provide your name, and click “Enter Room”.
For audio, use one of the following numbers, and enter the participant code:
US (Toll): 1-719-234-7800, or
US (Toll Free): 1-888-850-4523.
Participant Code: 766042.


New Scale Limitations - Energy Infrastructure Data

April 05, 2013

The energy infrastructure data within the EISPC EZ Mapping Tool now have scale limitations (scale dependencies). When a user zooms in beyond scale level twelve (1:136,494), while viewing energy infrastructure data, the layer(s) will stop displaying. In addition, the layer(s) legend in the table of contents will collapse.


New Interface

March 29, 2013

Version 3.0 of the mapping tool has been released with an improved user interface, and the web pages are now publicly accessible.


Temporarily Removed Utility Layers

March 27, 2013

Energy infrastructure layers (all layers in the Utilities category) including the Bentek Energy/Platts data were temporary removed from the mapping library until limits to the level of detail of mapping displays can be implemented and approved.


EPA Renewable Energy Site Data - Now Available

March 14, 2013

Added EPA Renewable Energy Site Data from the U.S. EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative.


New Field (Alias) Descriptions - Now Available

March 08, 2013

A number of layers now have more detailed field (alias) descriptions when using the identify tool.


New Marine Tidal Hydrokinetic Model

February 06, 2013

The Water: Marine Tidal Hydrokinetic model was added.


Updated Transmission Line Styles - Now Available

January 29, 2013

Updated transmission line styles have been added. Users can choose display transmission line capacity ranges on the map (ex. 220 kV lines and greater, 345 kV lines and greater, etc.) by right-clicking on the transmission line layer in the table of contents, choosing Layer Properties, and using the Styles tab to change the style.


New CAES Model

January 28, 2013

New compressed air energy storage model added.


New Imperiled Species Model Layer

January 15, 2013

The Imperiled Species modeling layer has now been added to each of the draft models.


New GIS Data Layers - Now Available

January 15, 2013

Added new GIS data including:
- FERC Pending Hydrokinetic Project Permits,
- FERC Issued Hydrokinetic Project Permits, and
- Wastewater Treatment Facilities.


Added Four Reports

December 20, 2012

Added draft reports:
- Wave energy
- Added output from existing dams
- Retrofitted pulverized coal, and
- Biomass - Methane from animal manure


Added Two Draft Wind Models

December 20, 2012

Added draft models for onshore and offshore wind power.


New Field (Alias) Descriptions - Now Available

December 19, 2012

A number of layers now have more detailed field (alias) descriptions when using the identify tool.


New GIS Data Layers - Now Available

December 19, 2012

Added new GIS data including the National Land Cover Database, National Ambient Air Quality Standard Area - Sulfur Dioxide, PM 10, and Carbon Monoxide.


Added Six New Reports

December 18, 2012

Added six new reports for:
- Protected Lands
- Electrical Transmission
- Power Plants
- Biomass Landfill
- Biomass Methane from Water Treatment Plants
- Pumped Storage


Added Three Draft Coal Models

December 04, 2012

Added draft coal models including:
• New Pulverized Coal,
• New Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle,
• New Coal Fluidized Bed.


New GIS Data Layers - Now Available

November 16, 2012

Added new GIS data including:
• LandScan™ population density,
• surface water flow, and
• various updates to screening/informational layers.


New Environmental Data - Now Available

November 16, 2012

Added new environmental GIS data including:
• Focal Areas of Conservation Significance,
• Green Infrastructure Network Characterization,
• Southeastern Ecological Framework Model,
• Landscape Permeability Flow Model,
• Ecoregional Portfolio, and the
• National Conservation Easement Database.


Geothermal Resource Data - Now Available

November 16, 2012

Added two National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) geopressured energy potential resource map layers.


Platts/Bentek Power Plant Data - New Structure

November 16, 2012

The power plant data has been restructured. There are now three power plant layers that have been broken out by status (existing, planned, and not operational/unknown). New symbology styles have also been added to allow the user to look at individual resource power plants.


Added Draft Nuclear Models

November 15, 2012

Added draft nuclear models including:
• large light-water reactor,
• integral pressurized-water reactor, and
• high-temperature gas cooled reactor.


Tidal Resource Data - Now Available

November 15, 2012

Added two Georgia Tech - Savannah tidal resource map layers.


Added Two Draft Geothermal Models

November 13, 2012

Added draft Geothermal EGS and Geopressured models to the tool.


Added Solar CSP Model

October 31, 2012

Added draft Solar CSP model to the tool.


Energy Resource Summaries

October 15, 2012

Added energy resource summary pages to web site.


Wind Resource Data - Now Available

September 20, 2012

Added six AWS Truepower wind resource map layers.


Draft Mapping Tool Launched

August 31, 2012

• Draft model, energy zone, & report tools.
• Solar PV model. Pumped Storage report.


Environmental Data - Now Available

July 06, 2012

Added environmental data provided by the NGO Caucus.


Platts/Bentek Energy Infrastructure Data - Now Available

June 29, 2012

Added Energy Infrastructure Data to the EISPC EZ Mapping Tool.


New GIS Data Layers Available

June 22, 2012

Added new GIS data including wave energy and various screening/informational layers.


Version 1.3 Update

June 14, 2012

Added federal system warning banner, glossary, documents content, survey, and data page thumbnails and abstract support.


Version 1.2 Update

May 31, 2012

• Implemented Data and User Community pages.
• Other minor fixes and enhancements.


Version 1.1 Update

May 17, 2012

• Added static maps page with PDF maps of energy resource data, and dynamic news items (for internal use).
• Changed default base maps to MapQuest.
• Continued refinements to catalog of map layers, and map symbology.


Version 1.0 Launched

March 30, 2012

Version 1.0 of the EISPC EZ Mapping Tool has been launched!