Map Monday: Midwestern Electricity Plants

Via the Washington Post, here’s a detail from a beautiful map of all the electricity plants in the United States, colored and sized according to type and capacity.

The details for Minnesota are highlighted:

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I general, I guess you can say that Minnesota has a balanced energy footprint. We’re not as coal-heavy as many Midwestern states farther South and East, for example. That said, coal is still our #1 source of electricity by a wide margin.

Check out the original site for more detailed info, and to click around the country comparing carbon.


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4 Responses to Map Monday: Midwestern Electricity Plants

  1. Scott September 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Here’s a cool site if you really want to geek out on the data. Two of the maps show planned additions to the generating fleet – lots of gas, wind, and solar; and planned retirements – some gas and lots of coal.

    http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#tabs_unit-4

    • Mike Hicks September 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      Pretty amazing that North Carolina of all places is making a big push for solar. I’m curious how that happened.

      • Nick September 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

        Tax incentives. They matched the federal 30% tax credit for business and residential PV.

  2. Nathanael September 19, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    I’ll warn that the map is a little bit misleading because it doesn’t show imports and exports. New York and Vermont both import large amounts of power from Canada, mostly hydro and nuclear.

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