Mapping Electricity Affordability, January 13, 2020

First-of-a-Kind Interactive Tool Drills Down to the County Level

With a few clicks of a mouse, it’s now easy to see the differences across the country when it comes to the cost and affordability of electricity. Users can sort and compare nearly 100 residential customer affordability metrics or variables and also zoom in to get information by individual counties. 

This color-coded, visual representation with an easy-to-use interface was developed by researchers at PNNL. The tool is based on publicly available household income information from census data combined with utility revenue and customer count information from the federal Energy Information Agency. Together they determine a customer “cost burden” for electricity.