Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launches a beta release of its new Hourly Electric Grid Monitor, a redesigned and enhanced version of EIA’s existing U.S. Electric System Operating Data website. The Hourly Electric Grid Monitor incorporates two new data elements: hourly electricity generation by energy source and hourly subregional demand for certain balancing authorities in the Lower 48 states. The new website also provides new and more flexible options for visualizing the data and allows users to create custom dashboards that can be saved and shared.
The new website includes two sets of default dashboard views:
- Electricity overview: U.S., regional, and balancing authority electricity overviews display the latest eight days of hourly demand, forecast demand, subregional demand (where available), generation by energy source, and interchange data. Each balancing authority’s total demand data are available on a near real-time basis, about one hour after the hour has ended. Most of the other data elements are available on a one- to two-day lag.
- Daily generation mix: These views display aggregated daily snapshots of electricity generation by energy source for the latest available full day for the United States and its regions or for a region and the balancing authorities in that region. The generation data displayed generally do not include distributed generation resources, such as rooftop solar, or other generation resources that balancing authorities do not directly manage or monitor.
This looks like quite the useful tool for the energy wonks among us-- what are your thoughts?