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Renewable energy potential

Color the difference between the United States’ energy consumed, energy produced by renewable energy, and potential energy produced by renewable energy

Data sources

For U.S. primary energy consumption estimates by source: Annual Energy Review. Accessed December 2016. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This data contains:

For U.S. renewable energy technical potential estimates: United States Renewable Energy Technical Potential. 2012. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This data contains:

How the data was used


A python script is available in the code repository to generate or extend this activity, and can be run like this:


Which will create an svg file with the three circles drawn based on the energy data described above.