Renewable Energy Data, Analysis and Decisions: A Guide for Practitioners
High-quality renewable energy resource data and other geographic information system data are essential for the transition to a clean energy economy that prioritizes local resources, improves resiliency, creates jobs, and promotes energy independence. These data are crucial for making informed decisions—ranging from policy and investment decisions to reliable power sector planning.
This guide is intended to support policymakers and planners, as well as technical experts, consultants, and academics in incorporating improved data and analysis into renewable energy decision-making. The guide is divided into three main sections:
- Decisions: target setting, policymaking, investment, and power sector planning
- Data: renewable energy resource data and related GIS data
- Analysis: analytical methods and models.
This guide also answers practical questions related to sources, limitations, and costs associated with data and analytical tools. In addition, the guide highlights common errors and misunderstandings that might help prevent costly or time-consuming mistakes.