Feature and Applications
- Interactive Maps: Users can zoom in and out, search by names or properties, highlight select elements, and so on
- Simple and Easy-to-use: Power grid elements are marked and differentiated in sizes, colors, and shapes based on voltage, transmission types, generation/load types, and so on.
- Frequently Update: Maps are updated frequently according to underlying data updates.
- Map Comparison: The differences between two maps are shown in a single map, such as new/removed transmission lines.
- Quick Information Update in Map: Maps show other key information such as market congestion, current and scheduled outages, FTR auction binding constraints. The information is updated quickly, e.g. daily update for market congestion and outages.
- Understand power grids and power generators, visually know recent developments in renewable generators.
- Total situation awareness can help grid operators better understand huge amount of available data, identify potential weak points, and operate grid safely.
- In emergency situations, operators can quickly know the current status and available remedial resources, and make emergency decision quickly -- no need to make many phone calls for status check.
- Geographic map can help coordinate planned transmission outages, and improve grid reliability.
- Large scale power grid map can help local utilities understand neighboring system better, and coordinate power grid operation.
Independent Generation Companies:
- Maps can help generator owners better utilize the generation portfolio, analyze transmission outage impact, and adjust strategies.
- Maps can help federal and state regulators know the grid status quickly, better understand the information, and make well informed decisions.
- A simple and up-to-date map can help power traders quickly grasp the current status and what will happen soon, and make fast decisions.
- Historical maps with historical information can help power traders link many events and understand why something happened, and adjust trading strategies for future.
Analysts for Power Industry:
- A picture is worth thousands of words. Reports and papers with geographic maps help readers grasp the contents faster and better.
Trainers for Future Power Professionals:
- As workforce of power professional becomes aging, young generation must be trained to know all the essential knowledge. Maps help young generation learn the knowledge, which often requires years of practices, in a fast and non-boring way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a power grid map?
- Electric power grid is one of the most complicated human made interconnected systems. Interconnected power grid often covers vast geographic areas, e.g. the entire contiguous U.S. only consists of three interconnected power grids. Power grids have huge amount of devices and equipments, such as transformers, lines, generators, substations, and so on. Power grid maps show the interconnection of these grid elements in an easy to use interactive graphic interface, making both professional and non-professional people understand power grid better.
Why do I need a power grid map with frequent update?
- Power grid conductivities and status change constantly. First, there are often thousand of or tens of thousands of connections made of power lines and transformers in power grids. There are always some power outages happens in the transmission network, so a static power grid map cannot capture the outages. Second, there are new generators added to the grid and old generators retired, plus new transmission lines built. Power grids may change significantly over time. Third, power grids operate in a seasonal way: the conductivities in winter season may be different from summer season. All these factors needs to be presented by frequently updated maps.
How to use Energy Graph maps?
- Energy Graph maps can be used in two ways: a standard PC application and a web application. Currently the PC based application is more powerful, and web based application allows access from any browsers without need to install software.
How does Energy Graph obtain and protect the sensitive power grid data?
- Power grid data can be public and non-public. We obtain data from a vast channels of sources and do not release confidential data to entities unless the same confidential agreement is signed. The public data source example is EIA 860 from Energy Information Administration, and confidential data source example is Critical Energy Infrastructure Information from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
What is the price for Energy Graph map?
- The price of Energy Graph maps are very flexible. Depending on the types of maps, there can be free users, registered users, and paid users. All website visitors will have access to some free maps. Registered users can access select maps with more information. Paid users can access most up-to-date maps. There are multiple payment options, such as one time fee for select maps, monthly/annual subscription for select maps. Paid users can also choose whether to access one entire regional power grid map, or a portion of the interested area only.