Saturday, October 01, 2016

The Real-Time Electricity Usage Map

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has created an interactive map to monitor electricity supply and demand in the United States in real-time. The U.S. Electric System Operating Map provides an hourly snapshot of electricity demand, comparing the actual demand for electricity with predicted consumption.

Regions that are currently experiencing actual demand higher than the forecast demand are shown in orange. Areas where the actual demand is under the predicted consumption are shown in blue. The size of the circles represent the system size of the regional supply area. Using the map system operators can instantly see where demand is highest and, if needed, divert reserve capacity from over-supplied regional supply areas to areas with higher demand.

The map and the related data visualizations were created using the Highcharts JavaScript charting library.

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