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  •  holy cow, we need that here! (4+ / 0-)

    We need something whereby you can put in a zip code and see what the empirical local power mix is, moment-to-moment or updated regularly multiple times a day.  

    Any chance of exporting that to the US?

    •  But wait there's more (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, mataliandy, G2geek

      I agree it would be great if (by their own initiative, or by govt mandating more transparency in information) regular people not in electricity industry (like me) can get such information online. What's available now probably varies a lot by region - e.g. pjm.com has some interesting live data.

      Actually in NZ there's another site that complements the one I mentioned: at www.electricityinfo.co.nz (the web site of COMIT) has year-by-year comparisons of usage in the "Demand" link, and graphs of inflows & hydro lake storage in the "Hydrology" link. The demand graph makes it appear kiwis are being extravagant with electricity in 2010 compared to 2009, but it's mostly an effect of the largest single user that consumes more than 10% of total national generation (the aluminium smelter) having a reduced capacity for much of 2009.

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