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The EIA — bottomless pit of fun facts and stats for the energy geek

September 15, 2011


The Energy Information Administration is a great source for U.S.  energy statistics and projections (and some international stats and projections).  One of the most useful resources they offer  for getting a rapid overview of facts and figures is a series called Energy in Brief, which is a collection of  short articles with charts and tables, each article  covering some aspect of energy usage.

The chart on the left was from a 2010 article in the series entitled What are the major sources and users of energy in the United States?.

The Energy Information Administration was established in 1977.  It’s part of the Department of Energy, but was set up to provide independent statistics, projections, and analysis,  free of political interference.

One thing I’ve discovered about their web site is that it’s a bottomless of fascinating information and tools for an energy geek.

Here are some of the articles in the Energy in Brief series:

How much of the world’s energy supply is generated from wind and who are the leading generators?

How old are US power plants?

What is shale gas and why is it important?

How dependent are we on foreign oil?

What is the role of coal in the United States?

Of course the Energy in Brief series isn’t  the only useful resource on the site.  There are data sets, full length reports, and tutorial articles.  All in all it’s a good first stop if you’re trying to get your head wrapped around an energy issue.

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