Visualizing The U.S. Electric Grid

The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation's electrical systems.

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The charts and graphs in this interactive highlight some of the key features of the power system as it exists today, as well as plans and proposals for improving and expanding the system to accommodate increasing demand for power and integration with new technology.