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Online energy resources
- U.S. Electric System Operating Data, in real time. Yes that's right - in real time!
- Professional Development - Enerdynamics' new eLearningPortal, a resource for energy professionals who seek on-demand access to electricity and/or natural gas e-learning resources.
- TECH-2-MARKET - Founder's Playbook, by Cyclotron Road, a curated, searchable library of essential reading and example materials related to launching and growing a hard tech company.
- COAL - Visual data-graphics that track changes over time. See every coal plant in the world from 2000 on.
- TECH-2-MARKET - The Natural Resources Defense Council launched a new tool to track the development of four technologies: wind and solar power, LED light bulbs, and electric vehicles.
- POLICY - The "ISIS Files," an archive of thousands of internal documents about the Islamic State and its finances.
- ENERGY SYSTEMS: A brilliant interactive shows relationships throughout the entire energy systems sector.
- CLIMATE CHANGE: NASA deserves applause for this site that is grounded in scientific and balanced information. Click on the nav-bar for a range of data on CO2, temperatures, ice, sea-levels, etc.
- COMPARATIVE ELECTRICITY PRICES: A non-interactive (ie, static) comparison of average electricity prices, by state.
- OIL & GAS: The WorldMap group at Harvard may have tried to "boil the ocean" when it built this map of all the oil and gas fields in the world (be patient because load-time is long and interactive features are clunky). And yet, the value of this pilot resource is impressive. Another useful resource is the National Oil & Gas Gateway, the first public consolidated map of oil and natural gas well data from across the nation. A far simpler resource is Pipeline 101, a map of the oil and gas pipelines in the US, by seven regions.
- WIND: These resources are as useful as they are beautiful. There is a map of wind blowing in real-time, another with the same information about global wind conditions in real-time, and another just for wind conditions in the US.
- COAL: Though a bit dated, the map of global coal trade routes shows the depth and breadth of coal as a source of energy.
- INFRASTRUCTURE: MIT's Break-even Mitigation Percentage (BEMP) is a risk management tool for communities to determine the break-even point for investments in mitigation. The calculation provides a suggested amount to spend given the possibility of future damage.
- US POLITICAL CULTURE: Six maps show how Americans think about climate change.
- NUCLEAR: A useful map of all operating nuclear reactors is interactive and engaging.
- ENERGY CONVERSION CALCULATOR: It lacks cool graphics, but this comprehensive resource will convert any energy-related measurement into any other measure.
- PLANET EARTH: A primer, NOAA provides deep data, map and GIS dive into a range of themes.
- POLICY (RENEWABLES): DSIRE is the go-to site for state incentives for renewables. Period.
- THE COST OF ELECTRICITY: Any levelized cost study by Lazard is extremely valuable. (Note: the link is to version 10.)
- CLIMATE: Pure data, HadCRUT4 is a global temperature dataset for average temperature anomalies.
- THE ENERGY CALCULATOR: A powerful tool provided by the US DoE - converts any source into any unit, and vice-versa.