- Feb 18, 2019 11:02 pm GMT
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The electricity sector in the United States has been undergoing a massive transformation recently. Coal plants and nuclear plants are closing, natural gas plants and renewable energy sources are being built at a rapid pace, and the resultant energy mix in the U.S. grid has reflected this constant push and pull of economic, environmental, and technological forces.
Keeping track of these developments might seem intimidating, but luckily for those of us keeping an eye on electricity trends the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) tracks and reports all the critical data for us. EIA is a policy-neutral wing of the U.S. Department of Energy and offers many regular reports on the state of the energy industry. Most critical to keep tabs on the U.S. power sector, though, are the Electric Power Monthly (released monthly), Short-Term Energy Outlook (released monthly), and the Annual Energy Outlook (released yearly). The Electricity Data Browser also provides very user-friendly data tables and graphs.
By digging through these freely and publicly available datasets (or reading EIA’s accompanying narrative reports), anyone can get a clearer picture on what fuels electricity generation in the United States. As an example, let’s dig into two of the most significant overall trends of recent and upcoming years…