America’s real-time electricity use mapped

For the very first time, The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released “the first-ever tool to measure nationwide electricity use in near-real time”. It’s a complete grid overview where the user can select a region and get real-time or previous megawatt-hours of usage data. The data is updated every quarter hour, provided by the various grid operators, and on a big-picture level, can be used to improve infrastructure and future community planning.  The team who built this tool prides themselves on its accuracy. They are still working to improve its interface, but it will soon be the go-to place for interested parties: “The data can be used online by the financial and electric industries as well as government analysts to spot trends and problem areas, he said. It can also be downloaded for more-detailed study and analysis”.