The Midwest is home to a wealth of fossil fuel and renewable resources, which vary considerably by state. How those resources are deployed will impact the region’s economy, landscape, environment, and public health. The Power Almanac is designed to allow the user to flexibly and dynamically explore the region’s electric resources, opportunities, and challenges. Zoom in to an individual coal mine or power plant, or zoom out to compare wind and solar resources in the Midwest to the rest of the United States.
To get started, click on “Map” or “Begin Exploring.” Explore specific energy resources or emissions by making a selection from our menu of options. Relevant map data, key questions, and facts and figures related to your selection will appear on the right side of the screen. Scroll through relevant charts in the panel at the bottom of the map. Click for additional notes and explanations.
Click on “Key Questions” to learn more about the Midwest’s energy resources and emissions. The “References & Data” tab contains detailed information on the original data sources and methods used.
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References & Data
Where does the Power Almanac’s data come from? Can I download the data that are used on the site?
Data for the Power Almanac come from a variety of sources, primarily government agencies and laboratories such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In most cases, the same data we use on the site are publicly available for download, although we have sometimes filtered and collated that data. Full descriptions of our data sources and our methods for preparing the data for use in the Almanac are available on the References & Data page, along with links to the data sources.
How recent is the data that is displayed in the Almanac?
The Power Almanac pulls data from approximately 50 sources. Each of these sources is updated with different frequencies and at different times throughout the year. WRI and the Great Plains Institute will make every effort to update these sources as more recent data becomes available. If you know of alternative or more recent sources than those that are currently displayed, please let us know.