NEW: State To Launch Energy Resources Web Site
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
“The groundbreaking launch of RIEnergy.org is a great accomplishment for our state, one that I am proud my Administration supported and made possible,” Governor Chafee said. “This website will provide useful tools and educational information for residents, businesses, and municipal officials interested in exploring hydropower, solar, and wind energy opportunities. The site will also provide background information about different state and federal polices and programs for renewable energy and energy efficiency, and offer the chance to reveal statistics about our fossil fuel energy consumption and usage.”
Leadership from URI
“The University of Rhode Island Outreach and Energy Center staff and the University’s Environmental Data Center have done a tremendous job with the creation of RIEnergy.org, in collaboration with my office, the Office of Energy Resources, the Department of Environmental Management, and the Division of Planning,” Chafee said. “I commend all involved for their continued work to make Rhode Island a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency.”
RIEnergy.org exists thanks to The Renewable Energy Siting Partnership (RESP), a collaboration with URI’s Coastal Resources Center as well as the Outreach and Energy Center. RESP evaluated potential opportunities and impacts of land-based renewable energy development in RI and developed the website to provide energy data, resource mapping and siting tools. By providing RI decision-makers and communities with easy access to a centralized source of energy information, RIEnergy.org hopes to pave the way for the Ocean State to capture a smarter and brighter energy future. The resources on RIEnergy.org are geared toward members of the general public, academics or student researchers, and local or state officials.
Deep and broad resources
RESP gathered information on various fuels and energy sources used in RI and their historical prices, consumption, generation, associated generation facilities/infrastructure, emissions, and other relevant information. The website offers visitors a Map Gallery and database of all the energy data collected. Downloadable files found in the Data Center correspond to the information visually represented in each Map Viewer and graphically represented in each Chart Viewer on RIEnergy.org. Users new to energy issues might navigate to the “Energy 101” page to learn more about RI’s energy landscape or access educational resources on energy issues. Other users might visit the “Programs & Policies” page looking for incentives to implement energy solutions in their home or business. Some users might browse the portal of energy-related publications under the “Papers” page to find a resource to further explore a subject of interest. Others can visit the “Who’s Who” page to discover which agencies, organizations, and partnerships are involved in energy issues in the state.
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