The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) state energy portal has been updated to include “new analytical narratives on the energy sectors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. territories.” The narrative for NC can be found here.
In addition, there is an interactive mapping tool available that enables users to create customized maps and charts, ideal for classroom use. The map for NC can be found here. By clicking on the “Layers/Legend” tab and selecting one of five available base maps, maps can be created to show availability of energy sources, transmission lines, major power plants as well as renewable energy potential for North Carolina. Electricity, nuclear, natural gas and renewable energy profiles for the state are available along with supporting data tables in Microsoft Excel. Also, by clicking on a specific power plant, the portal links users directly to data for that particular plant in EIA’s electricity data browser (see corresponding blog post).
This tool also shows how NC ranks in comparison to the other 49 states in terms of energy production, consumption, prices for electricity and natural gas, and carbon dioxide emissions.