Next time you use that Google search engine, know that it accounts for 0.013% of the world’s energy consumption. The energy sector is full of dynamic changes from powering cities with wind energy to harnessing the power to encouraging people to use solar panels. It’s important to keep track of how many people have electricity and the number of wind farms in America. Data sets are recorded for each type of energy sector and topic. Energy is a part of our everyday lives so take a look at the data that revolves around it.
International Trade and Investment Administration, The World’s Electric Current
Electronics manufacturers must build their products to match the electric current in each country. This database records those currents. Manufacturers can use the database to research how they need to make their product to suit its country. For example, the electrical current in Canada is 120 V, whereas the current in the United Kingdom is 230 V. It’s amazing how different the currents range between counties!
US Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Hydropower potential
The United States is looking into alternative energy resources to stop its reliance on fossil fuels. A database is currently recording areas that have the potential to switch to Hydropower. Hydropower is a clean energy source that is powered by water. The database currently shows over 200 potential areas where hydropower could be employed. Imagine the energy and fossil fuel conservation possible if these places were water powered in the future.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Plant Statuses
With 100 nuclear reactors in the United States, it’s crucial to keep track of how the plants are functioning. This database kept by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission preserves detailed reports on each reactor in the United States and continually updates it on a daily basis. Currently, the plant on Three Mile Island is at 100% capacity along with most of the plants in the United States. We can only imagine the work that goes into maintaining this database daily.
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, Water Resources
The daily water average is important to record because it determines if an area is in danger of being in a drought zone. For places with a hydropower plant, it’s vital to monitor the water levels which is why they track over 3,000 locations. Currently, the states with the highest concentration of drought conditions are California, Idaho, Utah, Georgia, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior, Fossil Fuels in Alaska
Alaska is becoming a top producer of oil and a database exists to keep track of the oil production. In 2015, Alaska produced 192.5 million barrels of oil. The number has consistently gone down since 2004, when Alaska produce 360.213 million barrels. With the United States wanting to rely on domestic production, it’s important to keep know Alaska’s production capabilities.
Looking at these datasets gave us a new insight into energy.
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