As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

Mobile Access to Energy InfrastructureIn a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season.

The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the public to “track from all types of mobile devices and tablets the power plants, oil refineries, major electric transmission lines, and other critical energy infrastructure that are in the path of upcoming storms and significant weather events.” These tools will be invaluable to users seeking to stay up-to-date on significant weather events that may impact energy infrastructure.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a “70% probability that there will be between 8 and 13 named storms from June to November 2014, of which 3-6 will strengthen to hurricanes, with 1-2 becoming major hurricanes.” Access to the Energy Disruptions tool provides users with “real-time data feeds from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center…enabling users to assess the overlap between storm tracks and more than 40 map layers showing the location of energy infrastructure.” Access to the U.S. Energy Mapping System tool allows users to locate and identify different types of energy facilities using various base maps and other filters.

EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski states that these tools will be useful to both public and state & local users. “Making these resources accessible on mobile devices is one way that EIA can help emergency response officials and the public readily assess the potential impacts of significant weather events on energy infrastructure in the United States.”

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