EIA Updates Layers to U.S. Energy Mapping System

EIA’s U.S. Energy Mapping System is an interactive, comprehensive visual reference for energy infrastructure in the United States. Several layers in the system were recently updated, allowing users to see locations of several types of energy infrastructure, including wind turbines, coal mines, oil and natural gas wells, high-voltage electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and U.S. border-crossing points of electric transmission lines and liquids and natural gas pipelines.

Most of these layers are sourced from EIA surveys or 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 creates some layers by compiling information from publicly available data sources. Because these sources may contain information at different scales with varying levels of accuracy, some layers, such as pipelines at border crossings, are not visible when zoomed in at closer scales.

Layers created by EIA or based on EIA surveys are also provided as shapefiles that users can combine as layers with information from other sources and can use to conduct their own geospatial analysis. In some cases, shapefiles may not be available because of copyright restrictions from the data source…

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