The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has launched a data visualization mapping the U.S. electric system’s operating data, updated every 15 minutes, and comparing it with historical data. Users can click on a region of the United States to examine how its electricity usage at every hour of the day compares to the day, week, and year before, and observe the balance between electricity demand and supply during peak hours. Additionally, the visualization tracks electricity imports from and exports to Canada and Mexico. EIA pulls the data for the visualization from interconnected grid operators throughout the U.S. and makes the individual and bulk data sets freely available.
Mapping the United States’ Energy Use in Near Real-Time
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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