EIA's powerful new data browser

THE US Energy Information Administration has launched a redesigned International Energy Portal to improve access to global energy data and market trends.

Anthony Barich

EIA administrator Adam Sieminski said a clear perspective on the international energy landscape was “critically important” given most of the future growth in energy consumption was expected to occur outside of the US as world energy markets became increasingly interconnected.

The expanded International Energy Portal provides increased access to data via a browser that includes historical information on country-level energy use dating back, in many cases, more than 30 years.

The data browser provides users with the ability to view and download complete data sets for consumption, production, imports, exports and reserves for different fuels and energy sources, as well as data for energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.

It also offers new “user-driven” customisation, introducing many features that enable users to “customise their experience” with EIA’s international data.

For example, users can convert between US and European common units of measurement for energy and can also compare data across energy sources by converting to British thermal units, terajoules or tons of oil equivalent. Users are also able to choose specific countries, regions and data series for comparison.

The portal has data visualisation features including summary graphics of the world’s top energy producers and consumers broken down by energy source. Users can also generate a variety of data visualisations to quickly see how energy production, consumption, reserves, imports, exports and carbon dioxide emissions have changed over time.

Improved access to international analysis is available, with the browser providing links to EIA’s international forecasts and projections, including its Short-Term Energy Outlook and International Energy Outlook.

It also provides access to EIA’s entire library of international reports and analysis, including country analysis briefs and country analysis notes that contain detailed information on more than 100 countries significant to world energy markets, as well as critical issues in global energy trade such as world oil transit chokepoints and OPEC revenues.

Enhanced data downloads are also available, as the International Energy Portal incorporates a complete application programming interface that provides access to EIA’s historical international data. Users can retrieve international data as it is updated, or use the EIA Excel Data Add-In tool to download the data directly into spreadsheets.

The portal can be viewed here