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Do you know what kind of energy powers the businesses and homes in your community?

Is it clean energy? Fossil fuels?

Explore the interactive map of the Midwest’s energy landscape to answers those questions and see the jobs and other benefits of clean energy in your community and district.

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Health Impact
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  • Clean Energy Projects
    INSTALLATIONS /
    Equivalent to powering homes for 1 year
    Wind Installations
    Solar Installations
    Schools
    Other Renewables
    Energy Efficiency Projects
  • Jobs & Economic Impact
    Economic Impact
    JOBS TOTAL INVESTMENT SOLAR & WIND INVESTMENT
    INVESTMENT
    JOBS
    BUSINESSES
    INVESTMENT
    JOBS
    BUSINESSES
    Transportation
    Energy Efficiency
    Other Renewables
    Solar
    Wind
    Energy Efficiency
    Savings
  • Health Impact
    EXPECTED ANNUAL CASES OF ASTHMA
    Estimated Annual Healthcare Costs of Asthma

    Residents Without Health Coverage
    AGE
    Under 14
    15 - 24
    25 - 44
    45-64
    65+

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The following entities provided data used in the Energy Atlas tool:

Clean Energy Projects

Solar Projects

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) provided the solar project data. Additional information can be found at seia.org

Solar Schools

The solar schools data were provided by The Solar Foundation and were originally funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant. Any re-use of these solar schools data must include “The Solar Foundation” in the citation. The full solar schools publication may be found at: thesolarfoundation.org/solar-schools

Wind Projects

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) provided wind project data. Additional information can be found at awea.org

EIA

Project data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Additional information can be found at eia.gov

Illinois Projects

Illinois clean energy projects courtesy of the Clean Energy Trust. Additional information can be found at cleanenergytrust.org

Jobs and Economic Impact

Jobs

Solar Jobs

The solar jobs data were provided by The Solar Foundation. Any re-use of these solar jobs data must include “The Solar Foundation” in the citation. The library of solar jobs publications may be found at TSFcensus.org

Wind Jobs

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) provided wind jobs data. Additional information can be found at awea.org

Renewable and Energy Efficiency Jobs

Clean energy jobs data courtesy of the Clean Energy Trust. Additional information can be found at cleanenergytrust.org

Energy Efficiency Investment

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) provided statewide savings for ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. Additional information can be found at mwalliance.org

Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Savings by State Assembly District

Assembly district savings as per the Cadmus Group's 2014 Focus on Energy evaluation report. Additional information can be found at focusonenergy.com/about/evaluation-reports

Investment

Investment calculations were generated by multiplying the installed capacity by year by the average installation cost for that project type for that year. Utility investment rates per watt were applied to installations greater than 10MW.

Average solar investment costs before 2012 which were used in these calculations can be found at: nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/56776.pdf

Solar investment costs for utility, commercial and residential installs since 2012 which were used in these calculations can be found at: “U.S. Solar Market Insight Full Report - 2015 Year in Review”

Average wind investments costs which were used in these calculations can be found at: energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2014-wind-technologies-market-report

Businesses

The Advanced Energy Economy Institute provided information on Wind, Solar, Energy Efficiency, and Transportation businesses. Additional information can be found at: aee.net/aeei

Health Impact

Health Impact by Age

Asthma prevalance percentages by age group by state courtesy of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) cdc.gov/asthma and were applied to census block groups and recalculaed to population counts, then aggregated to matching age groups. These new percentages were applied and aggregated to district level population by area ratio. These totals were summed to estimate expected asthma cases annually. National asthma rates by age were applied to Iowa as the CDC has no state specific asthma rates for Iowa.

Estimated Annual Healthcare Costs of Asthma

Estimated asthma costs were calculated by the study referenced below, based on a per person annual average of $3,259 (Barnett SB, Nurmagambetov TA. Costs of Asthma in the Unites States: 2002-2007. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2011; 127:145-52.)

Residents Without Health Coverage

Uninsured population counts were applied without modification from the Census American Community Survey 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Data, available at census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-and-tools/data-profiles and aggregated to district level population by area ratio.

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index layer was derived from daily AQI values for 2014 from the EPA Air Data aqsdr1.epa.gov/aqsweb/aqstmp/airdata/download_files.html. These data were averaged for 2014 and used to create a Voronoi surface.