Links Page

Welcome to the CORRD Links Page! This page was created to provide you with Internet links to solar, wind, climate, and other renewable energy-related information sources. The links are organized by topic for your convenience. Click on each topic in the Table of Contents to jump between topics, and simply click on the web address (URL) next to each organization's name to browse to their website. For a more comprehensive list of links, including Colorado renewable energy contacts, be sure to visit

Table of Contents

Colorado Renewable Energy
Energy Efficiency and Climate Programs

Colorado Office of Energy Conservation
The Governor's Office of Energy Conservation (OEC) is a state agency operating as a part of the Governor's office. OEC offers energy information and services to individuals, communities, schools, hospitals, businesses, and government agencies, including sponsorship of this site. This web site details a variety of programs available through the OEC to Coloradans, and offers links to other information as well.

Colorado Climate Center
The Colorado Climate Center was established by the state in 1974, through the Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station, to provide information and expertise on Colorado's complex climate. Through its threefold program of Climate Monitoring (data acquisition, analysis, and archiving), Climate Research and Climate Services, the Center is responding to many climate related questions and problems affecting the state today.

Joint Center for Energy Management 
A site for ongoing renewable energy data collection and analysis in Colorado. Includes links to other climate and meteorological data sites. Most efforts focus on energy use in buildings. The work includes applied research in the analysis of energy systems as well as practical implementation of energy-efficient technologies. Established in 1987 with startup funds from the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation, the Center is a collaborative effort of the engineering schools at the University of Colorado (CU) and Colorado State University (CSU).

Western Regional Climate Center
The Center is a one of a network of six nationwide that disseminates climatic data and information of regional interest nationwide. It fosters use of this information in decision making, conduct applied research related to climate issues, and improve the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national levels. This is a partnership with the National Climatic Data Center and the State Climatologists.


Solar Energy


National Solar Radiation Database User's Manual
Instructions for the use of collected and modeled solar and climatological data from the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Glossary of Solar Radiation Resource Terms
A comprehensive list of definitions of terms used to refer to solar radiation.

Industry/Trade Associations

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) 
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. ASES promotes the widespread near-term and long-term use of solar energy. ASES sponsors the National Solar Energy Conference, publishes SOLAR TODAY magazine and Advances in Solar Energy, publishes white papers, sponsors issue Roundtables in Washington, DC, distributes solar publications, organizes a Solar Action Network and has regional chapters throughout the country. ASES is the United States Section of the International Solar Energy Society.

Passive Solar Industries Council (PSIC)
Provides instructions and background on how to interpret the wind data presented in hourly data files, including maps and the history of wind collection efforts in Colorado.


Wind Energy


Wind Resource Atlas of the U.S.
This atlas estimates wind energy resource for the United States and its territories, and indicates general areas where a high wind resource may exist. This information is valuable to wind energy developers and potential wind energy users because it allows them to choose a general area of estimated high wind resource for more detailed examination.

Industry/trade Associations

American Wind Energy Association
Advocates the development of wind energy as a reliable, environmentally superior energy alternative in the United States and around the world through policy and education.

National Wind Coordinating Committee (NWCC)
The NWCC identifies issues that affect the use of wind power, establishes dialogue among key stakeholders, and supports the development of an environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial market for wind power.



National Climatic Data Center 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center records and disseminates climate data and analytical products and services for the U.S.


Mapping and GIS

U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
A great source for pre-assembled maps and data for the U.S.

Environmental Systems Research Institute
The place to download ArcExplorer Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and instructions for free



Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a statistical agency in the U.S. Department of Energy created by Congress in 1977. EIA’s mission is to develop energy data and analyses that help enhance the understanding of energy issues on the part of business, government, and the general public. EIA’s information includes data and analyses for the past, the present, and the future. Using over 80 of its own statistical surveys as a base of information, EIA regularly reports data about the supply, consumption, distribution, and price of energy in the United States. The statistics cover petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, and various forms of renewable energy (solar, wood, wind, etc.).

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
A comprehensive listing of information on energy efficiency and renewable energy applications.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)
A Department of Energy program that distributes technical and economic information on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation, including analytical tools and training for renewable energy and energy efficiency applications. FEMP's mission is to reduce the use and cost of energy in the Federal sector. FEMP accomplishes its mission by leveraging both Federal and private resources to provide technical and financial assistance, mainly to other Federal agencies.

Global Energy Marketplace (GEM)
GEM is a research resource for energy news and sites around the world created and maintained by solstic

Renewable Resource Data Center
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's renewable energy data clearinghouse


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