The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) launched an interactive, online Coal Data Browser (www.eia.gov/coal/data/browser) that brings together in a single tool comprehensive government information, statistics, and visualizations about the U.S. coal sector.
The Coal Data Browser gives users easy access to a vast array of coal information from EIA’s electricity and coal surveys. The browser also allows users to dig through data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration and through coal trade information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
“EIA’s Coal Data Browser provides users with a level of access to coal data they’ve never had before,” said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski. “This powerful data access and visualization tool provides ‘one-stop shopping’ for information about coal.”
Coal Data Browser users can:
• Map coal imports and exports by country and by the U.S. ports that handle the coal
• Map where mines send their coal and where power plants obtain their coal
• Break down coal receipts by sulfur content, ash content, heat content, and mine
• See changes in coal prices
• Cross-link mine-level data pages with EIA’s U.S. Energy Mapping System to provide another route to discover data on all of the nation’s active coal mines
• Track changes in coal worker employment in specific states
All-time series in the Coal Data Browser have also been released to EIA’s data application programming interface (API).
In addition to providing users with extensive coal information, the browser includes a help function with popup notes that explain the navigation and a brief video highlighting the browser’s features. The browser was launched on EIA’s beta site so that EIA can solicit customer feedback and incorporate this feedback into the final release.