Renewable Energy

In support of the Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future Initiative, the USGS will utilize research, modeling, and monitoring data to develop a quantitative methodology to assess the wildlife impacts at a national level.   The USGS has extensive...
No, the USGS will produce a peer-reviewed, externally vetted methodology for assessing wind effects on wildlife. Usually the USGS applies the methodologies we develop to a variety of energy resources, resulting in resource endowment estimations. In the...
All sources of energy have environmental effects to varying degrees. Wind energy can affect both wildlife and their habitats. Wildlife impacts include potential bird and bat mortality from collisions or near-collisions with turbine blades and in some...
USGS created the first publicly available national map of onshore wind turbines. Available national maps of wind power facilities existed, but did not include the location of individual turbines or turbine-level details. Maps of turbines did exist for...
Knowing the location of individual turbines, as well as information such as the make, model, height, capacity, and area of the turbine blades, creates new opportunities for research and improved siting, and is important information for land and resource...
  No, USGS also looks at the environmental effects of activities associated with a range of energy resources, including air and water impacts from fossil energy occurrence, development, and utilization; produced waters from oil and gas drilling; and...
Yes, but not very much. In 1995, power produced by using the earth's steam, called geothermal power, totaled about 6,100 gigawatt hours, which is about 0.2-percent of the Nation's total power production. Only about 59 million gallons per day of water was...