I’m working on something about the electrical grid in the West, and found this massive trove of data from the Energy Information Administration: A database showing exactly how much electricity every utility-scale power plant — from the massive Palo Verde nuke plant and Grand Coulee dam down to small wind farms — generated in 2016. I did some data wrangling and used Tableau to put together this visualization. Interesting stuff, if you’re a nerd, I guess. I’ve tried and failed to embed the viz into this post. So you’ll just have to click the link to play around with it.
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Journalist, editor and writer focusing on the Western United States and its landscapes, communities, and cultures. Creator of Land Desk. Author of "River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster" (Torrey House Press 2018), "Behind the Slickrock Curtain" (Lost Souls Press 2020), and the forthcoming "Sagebrush Empire: A journey into the heart of the public land wars" (Torrey House 2021). View all posts by Jonathan P. Thompson