About PowerOutage.US

Overview:

This project collects, records, and aggregates live power outage data from utilities all over the United States, to create the single most reliable and complete source of power outage information.

Details:

Most states have a lot of electric utilities, some small, some big, and with these large numbers of companies it can be hard to get a true overall status of the power grid in a particular area. This project collects information from over 350 Utilities into one place, with more being added all the time. Making this site the most complete source of power outage information.

Most Utilities put little resources behind their publicly facing OMSs (Outage Management Systems), they are more focused on getting their customers reconnected, this means that during big events where lots of people want to know the status of the power in a particular area, the Utility’s OMS will tend to be overwhelmed if not completely unresponsive. Meanwhile this site has stood up against huge amounts of traffic without faltering, allowing people directly affected by a storm and onlookers to stay informed and up to date. Making this site the most reliable source of power outage information.

In addition no utility publicly releases detailed historical power outage information, so we store all of the information we collect. Making this project the only source of detailed historical power outage information. While this data is currently not available on the site, you can contact me about what your looking for.

Why:

I created this project as part of a fascination with watching power outage maps during big storms as a kid and now as part of my fascination with unique datasets as an adult. I like working on interesting personal projects and for a while have wanted to build something big that others could use and also find interest in.

Be warned I am working on this Project in my spare time so updates and changes will come slowly.

Contact Me:

Email: Jasonbluefire (at) gmail.com
Twitter: PowerOutage_us
Reddit: Jasonbluefire

Major Events:

This site has tracked a few major events, including Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Matthew.
You can view detailed information about them here: Major Events

Stats

Customers Tracked Nation-wide:
111,891,835
Highest Nation-wide Outage:
7,654,461
Utilities Tracked:
379
Utilities Found:
754

Site Updates / Change Log

Update 2017/11/14

Bug fixes for the new Firefox Quantum web browser. Plus some other behind the scenes enhancements.
Passed 110 Million Customers Tracked, from 367 different Utilities.

Update 2017/10/28

Various small site enhancements, added Non continental states to the home page, and usability enhancments for users with disabled javascript.

Passed 100 Million Customers Tracked, from 330 different Utilities.

Update 2017/09/17

Did a lot of backend work, Including adding a process to fill in missing information, AKA if a Utility only gives outage information at the city level I can now translate that into County level outages as well.

Also added a page to document Major events.

The site is now up to 228 Utilites Tracked covering 77 Million Customers.

Update 2017/09/04

Made a bunch of UI updates including county pages, county maps on state page, County Utility pages, improved overall formatting of the site, improved URLs across the site.

Also added more Electric Utilities reached 200 Utilities tracked, 70 Million Customers Tracked!

Side note: The site tracked a max of 309,204 Outages caused by Huricane Harvey at 2017/08/28 2:32PM GMT

Update 2017/08/20

Finished adding all the electric utilities I could find for the states in the Mid-Atlantic region.
We are now tracking outages for over 50 Million Customers!

Update 2017/07/30

Finished a rewrite of the underlining database, this rewrite will allow me to start working on making historical information viewable via this web application.

Update 2017/03/26

Updated the site to improve efficiency and cacheability of the new mapping system.

Update 2017/03/20

Updated the site to use much better higher resolution maps, and made the maps clickable taking the user to the corresponding page for that area.

Update 2017/03/14

Adding more and more power companies, just passed the 150th company added today. Thirteen states have been completed, and seven partially completed.

Update 2017/02/13

Finished adding all the electric utilities I could find for the states in the New England region.

Update 2016/11/14

Completed a major backend upgrade, completely rewrote the program that fetches outages and Updated Website to allow users to drill down and see specific Provider and County outages where data is available.

Update 2016/10/06

Added South East States for Hurricane Matthew. Updated site formatting and moved about info and updates to its own about page.

Update 2016/07/22

Updated the site to be small screen/mobile friendly. Added region and state specific outage pages. Also a lot of work has been done on improving the backend databases and improving overall site efficiency.
The plan is now to now go forward and start adding more states.

Update 2016/06/05

New England's power is now being tracked, and a new interface has been implemented, giving a graphical representation of the US and its current power grid status.
The next tasks are state specific statistics and adding more states to the tracking application.

Update 2016/04/03

Currently the data collection process is being worked on, and at this point I am tracking data for most of New England.
Once New England data collection is fully set up I will focus on getting the data represented here.

Credits

The Census Bureau, the geometry data for the detailed maps.

MapBox, the code for drawing the detailed maps.

Disclaimer

This site is purely for Development and Testing, no data should be retrieved from this site for use in a Production environment.