EIA updates layers of U.S. Energy Mapping System

Published on March 09, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently updated several layers of its Energy Mapping System, which provides an interactive visual reference for energy infrastructure in the United States.

The recently updated map layers include power plants with capacity of one megawatt or more; crude oil, natural gas, petroleum product and hydrocarbon gas liquids pipelines; oil and natural gas wells; border crossings for electric transmission lines, liquids pipelines and natural gas pipelines; natural gas underground storage facilities; both underground and surface coal mines; oil and natural gas platforms in federal waters; sedimentary basins with tight oil or shale gas plays; petroleum product terminals; high-voltage electricity transmission lines; and electric retail service territories.

EIA sources most of these layers from EIA surveys and other U.S. government sources such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation. EIA also creates some layers by compiling information from publicly available data sources.

EIA also provides shapefiles for layers created by EIA or based on EIA surveys, which users can combine as layers with information from other sources.

The updates will also provide new information for others interactive energy infrastructure maps that EIA provides including its energy disruptions map, flood vulnerability assessment map, Gulf of Mexico fact sheet, major oil and gas plays, and EIA’s State Energy Profiles.