Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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Total electricity capacity

  • The series in the International Futures System is Total Electric Capacity by the U.S. Energy Information Administration under the Energy module. The variable name is EnElecTotalCapacityEIA.
  • The variable is part of the preprocessor for the International Futures System.
  • The capacity data consist of both utility and nonutility sources.
    • Electric utility:  A corporation, person, agency, authority, or other legal entity or instrumentality aligned with distribution facilities for delivery of electric energy for use primarily by the public. Included are investor-owned electric utilities, municipal and State utilities, Federal electric utilities, and rural electric cooperatives. A few entities that are tariff based and corporately aligned with companies that own distribution facilities are also included.
    • Electricity:  A form of energy characterized by the presence and motion of elementary charged particles generated by friction, induction, or chemical change.
    • Generator capacity:  The maximum output, commonly expressed in megawatts (MW), that generating equipment can supply to system load, adjusted for ambient conditions.

Instructions on importing total electricity capacity data

  • For the EIA energy electric total capacity, the data was pulled from the EIA website (
  • The data is updated on December 31st of every year and has data points back to 1980.
  • There are no conversions necessary.
  • South Sudan is the only country that posed a problem in the data. There is no information on how the capacity should be split between Sudan and South Sudan, so for years 2011 and 2012 all the data was left blank in order to avoid any reporting mistakes. All other currently recognized countries have measurements. Historically, there are 7 countries that do not; Former Czechoslovakia, Former Serbia and Montenegro, Former Yugoslavia, East Germany, West Germany, Former U.S.S.R. Hawaiian Trade Zone. 


The original sources that provide the original data are: