Recommendation: DOE should ensure that spatial data resulting from the MHK resource assessments is readily and publicly available for use in siting and permitting decisions.

DOE has already published data on the spatial distribution of the theoretical energy resources and should continue to play an active role in characterizing the resource base and in developing decision support tools that can steer consideration toward areas that could be the most productive and feasible for development. An accessible spatial database of theoretical and technological MHK resources would provide substantial information on high-priority sites.



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