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Comment: Where's the DOE in all this (Score 2, Interesting) 661 661

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the DOE has generated a 'National Renewable Resources map'? Something that tells people where solar farms/wind farms/wave farms etc would most effectively be placed? Wouldn't the next logical step be incentives to build these systems in those locations? I know here in Michigan it's cloudy for 8 months of the year, so solar is out and wind is in (actually coal is in, thats the problem). And as far as 'the grid' is concerned, wouldn't it make sense to start plopping a 'wind turbine' on each new power transmission 'pole' (those huge ones that are giant steel structures carrying like 12+ cables). It seems you could directly feed the grid if an efficient transformer could be made.

Much of the excitement we get out of our work is that we don't really know what we are doing. -- E. Dijkstra