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Mapping Every Power Plant in the United States

Science & Tech  (tags: data visualization, Washington Post, United States, energy sources, generating electricity, maps, charts )

- 1246 days ago -
The Washington Post has put together an extraordinary data visualization that shows how the United States has generated its electricity so far this year. See where the US stands in energy sources and where to improve and what is being used today.


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Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 5:08 am
It really bothers me to see Florida, known as the SUNSHINE State, to have so few Solar Power Plants. This can be seen by the 2nd to the last map on here. We have an abundance of sunshine, our State should be colored in yellow.

Whereas a more northern State, Massachusetts, is almost completely colored in with yellow. Go MA. We should take their lead. But if people keep voting in the Tea Baggers we are never going to get there. With Marco Rubio in our Senate (don't vote him in for President) and with Rick Scott our Governor and majority of Republicans in our Legislature, that sunshine in Florida will not be used expect for the tourist to get their sun tans.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 5:54 am
Brilliant visual map, Dandelion, but yes, you're right.

Animae C (508)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 8:00 am
"The United States has 99 nuclear reactors that generate 20% of the nation’s electricity. "

Thanx Dande

Roger G (148)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 4:01 pm
noted, thanks

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 4:09 pm
TY Sheryl

Maryann S (114)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 5:41 pm
Noted, thanks Dandelion.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 5:42 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

David C (75)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 6:53 pm
thanks, I love it!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 17, 2016, 6:54 pm
Thanks Dandelion--noted with hopes for a better tomorrow.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 2:45 am
And btw, the nuclear plants are all beyond their "safe usage" years and failing. Beyond Nuclear has actions and info:

Very happy to see that oil is at 1% usage. Just so disappointed in wind and solar. Until Christie is gone in NJ, we're stuck in the past. He has vetoed legislation for coastal wind power and done little to promote solar. Wonder why...??? Well, he's off the campaign trail now and after a few weeks food binge, perhaps we can open his eyes in a less of a Citizens United (big money) way.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 2:55 am
Reshared over social media.

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 3:18 am

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 4:47 am
I also find it worrying that 28 states still rely on coal in 2015 to produce at least 25% of their electricity.
What's the point of driving an electrical car when the electricity is produced by polluting dirty coal and/or nuclear powerplants.

Ben O (129)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 8:02 am
The United States has 511 coal-fired power plants. Only China could be worse. 99 nuclear reactors. 843 wind power plants that generate 5% of the nation’s electricity. A start, in (sunny?) Denmark that is 30% though. 722 solar power plants that generate 1% of the nation’s electricity. That could be a LOT more! It's not just about the U.S of A., we could all do a lot better when it comes to clean/sustainable energy. So far we've done far too little and far too late...

Melania P (123)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 12:31 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 4:39 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
Well, they're getting rid of the coal plants here. But, it IS totally disgusting that in our sunny states more solar power is not being used. State legislatures are making it expensive and difficult to implement solar power because of lobbyists for the electric companies. Makes me absolutely sick!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 4:41 pm
I certainly agree with you on that Ben. Also good point Arild, an electric car being recharged by dirty coal or a nuke plant.....seems to negate the whole reason one is driving an electric car.

Here in Florida we could have structures built over parking lots with solar panels on it. There could be charge slots on the poles to recharge people's cars from the sunshine collected by the panels. The panels would also create shade for the cars underneath which be be cooler to get back into after shopping. The stores could gain enough energy from the panels to keep them going. This would be so sensible but we all know, it isn't about sensible, or doing the correct things, or saving our environment, it is about filling bank accounts for the chosen few.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 4:42 pm
I'm sure "terrorist" would be able to find what they need with or without this website John. If they are over here it doesn't take a genius to figure things out.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 18, 2016, 4:48 pm
Hi Lois just saw your comment. Here in Florida, our Republicans pulled in Dirty Duke to help provide it with a lot more customers to help pay off that mess they made up in North Carolina. Oh, lucky me. The Company we had been using was converting over more and more to solar energy for our electric and our bills were going down a little each year. Now with Dirty Duke our bills have gone up steady each year. Thanks Tea Baggers, not!

Leanne B (46)
Friday February 19, 2016, 2:16 pm
Great visual Dandelion and good comment's.

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday February 20, 2016, 4:21 am
Very interesting indeed. Yes, go MA. Thanks Dandelion.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday February 20, 2016, 1:53 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.:)

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