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.

About the World Resources Institute and Great Plains Institute

World Resources InstituteThe World Resources Institute is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth and promote development because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs and fulfilling human aspirations in the future.

Great Plains InstituteAs a non-partisan, non-profit organization, the Great Plains Institute takes a pragmatic approach to transforming the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, and technology acceleration, we are leading the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy.

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Examine generation, fuel source, age, and other characteristics of existing power plants in the Midwest.Explore Power Plants

Power Plants

Assess wind and solar resource potential in the Midwest and learn about how the region is currently capturing these resources for power generation.Explore Solar | Wind

Renewable Resources

Examine the Midwest’s production and consumption of coal and natural gas for power generation, as well as estimates of fossil reserves in the region.Explore Coal | Natural Gas

Fossil Resources

Assess the Midwest’s emissions from the power sector and learn about the policies in place to regulate those emissions.Explore CO2 | Hg | NOx | SO2


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