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Local Energy Profiles Now Easier with DOE SLED Tool

Punch in a zip code and get instant data on the local electrical grid, potential for renewables, utility costs, and more.

Energy Consumption Trends in Oregon

The tool returns results on a variety of energy metrics, as seen in this screen capture from the SLED website, saving hours of research.

Screen capture: SLED website
A new tool from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides local energy profiles to aid in planning, development, and renewable-energy projects in the U.S. The tool collects state and municipal data in a central location to help streamline research on a variety of energy metrics.

Users type in a zip code or city name, and the SLED tool (short for State and Local Energy Data) returns results on the following:

  • Electricity generation, including fuel sources, demand by sector, and utility rate trends compared with the national average
  • Energy-efficiency data, including consumption trends over time and efficiency policies and incentives
  • Renewable energy, including generation potential for hydro, solar, wind, and geothermal as well as policies and incentives for renewable-energy projects
  • Transportation fuel sources and costs, and maps of alternative fuel stations
  • Resources on community planning

“This tool can save decision-makers time, energy, and money through the aggregation of a lot of different datasets,” notes Jennifer DeCesaro, director of DOE’s Technology-to-Market Office, in a promotional video about SLED. “You can do in five minutes with this tool what it might take you hours to do by searching the Web.”

For more information:

U.S. Department of Energy

apps1.eere.energy.gov/sled

Published August 14, 2014 Permalink

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