Wind power is a business that runs on small profit margins. To keep equipment running at full capacity while accommodating variable wind power and an inflexible grid, an energy group wanted to consider a pumped storage facility to hold excess generation during peak wind and release it on demand. Real Geographics provided site selection intelligence that balanced property ownership contiguity, transmission line proximity, protected environments, and a complex terrain analysis procedure. With a “heat map” of likely sites in hand, company representatives were able to focus their ground work on two or three pre-screened areas of high development potential.
We assisted Siegel Planning Services of Lake Oswego, OR, in an Oregon Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Code Assistance effort in the city of Sandy, Oregon. Real Geographics was responsible for reviewing and synthesizing information from a number of sources to effectively communicate proposed improvements to the City of Sandy’s town center identity, in this case through an elimination of some curbcuts along Highway 26 through the center of town to ease traffic conflicts, placemaking, and roadway setback characterization. Oregon’s TGM Code Assistance Program helps local governments promote multi-modal transportation (biking, walking, transit) and efficient land use.