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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Hourly Electric Grid Monitor

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  • This interactive website allows students to explore real-time energy production data by source for various regions of the United States.
  • The data are compiled by the United States Energy Information Administration, and the graphs are customizable and downloadable in multiple formats.

Teaching Tips


  • The data charts provide current energy production data by source and provide each source's contribution as a percentage of the whole for each region.
  • The charts are easy to read and there is an interactive map of the regions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a pie chart.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography and economics when discussing the distribution of various energy sources and the economic reasons for the energy distribution patterns in different geographic locations.
  • This resource could also be utilized in a civics course examining the real-world effects of legislation that addresses the sources of global warming.
Scientist Notes

Information on daily energy generation from renewable and nonrenewable energy in U.S. cities is provided in the resource. Although data is preliminary, educators should note this can be updated. The charts present real-time values and the resource is suitable for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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