What’s the “state of play” in energy today? It’s easier to find out than ever, using the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s interactive online site, which has just been enhanced with even more public information.
At the end of January, EIA added its State Energy Data System (SEDS) annual time-series data to the agency's application programming interface (API), first launched in October 2012. EIA's SEDS data library comprises 1.4 million data points—summarizing, by U.S. state:
- Energy production (crude oil, natural gas, coal and ethanol)
- Energy consumption by source and by sector (residential, industrial, commercial and transportation)
- Energy costs and expenditures by source and by sector
- GDP (gross domestic product) and population
"Expanding EIA's API to include important information on state energy consumption, production, and expenditure trends is a crucial enhancement that we are eager to share," said EIA Assistant Administrator for Communications Gina Pearson. "While EIA has created many cutting-edge tools for the public to explore energy data, our expanded API now gives innovators direct access to state-level energy data to develop their own web and mobile apps.”
Highly valued for their comprehensive coverage, state-level granularity and time span, the SEDS data provide information on energy trends as far back as 1960 for individual states, and for the nation as a whole.
When seeking information on gasoline, for instance, SEDS allows you to compare states by their total gasoline expenditures and by average gasoline expenses per person over time.
Image via U.S. Energy Information Administration
Data for a particular state also can be compared with information on other states or on the national average. All of the SEDS production and consumption data is expressed in physical units, such as barrels or tons, as well as in British thermal units (Btu).
Btu measurements allow users to compare and aggregate different sources of energy.
The addition of the SEDS data builds upon the API's existing electricity datasets. Planned future additions to EIA's API include the full range of the agency's weekly, monthly, and annual petroleum and natural gas data.
As these data sets are added over the coming months, the total number of data series available through EIA's API will continue to grow.
APIs are an important element of the federal government's Digital Government strategy to make information more transparent and customer-centered. Visit the site to get your free EIA API key and learn more.
Edited by Braden Becker