Energy Dimensions Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does Energy Dimensions mean by “Operating at the intersection of geospatial and energy?

Energy Dimensions believes that geospatial technology can provide critical insights that can lead to more informed, fact-based decision making, less risk to the environment and holistic, long term energy policy solutions.

 2. What are some these geospatial technologies?

Geospatial technologies in the broadest sense involve information that has a geographic location component. Some of the more important examples include GIS – Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, GNSS –Global Navigation Satellite Systems, aerial photogrammetry, and LiDAR – Light Detection and Ranging.

 3. How can geospatial technologies be used to make better energy policy decisions?

Geospatial technologies in general apply scientific methods to produce fact-based analysis of the real world. They can be used to assess the environmental impact of a proposed project such as a pipeline or to identify the best location for a wind or solar farm.

 4. How would development of the Smart Grid benefit from geospatial technologies?

The term “Smart” in part is derived from the fact that the power transmission and distribution grids would have location awareness built into them. Geospatial technologies are one of the foundations of the Smart Grid. Location is a critical element in the future development of the Smart Grid.

 5. What is the Energy Dimension website trying to accomplish?

The website is focused on raising the awareness of all those involved in the energy policy debate as to the potential benefits of leveraging geospatial technologies to make more informed, intelligent decisions. We live in a three dimensional world. Geospatial technologies empower decision makers with knowledge of the potential impacts of their decisions on the future of our planet.

 6. What is Energy Dimensions relationship with its sponsors?

Energy Dimensions seeks those companies and organizations that have expertise in the use of geospatial technologies to support our efforts in building our reputation as a go to, thought leader in the energy policy debate.