Droughts & Blackouts

DATA VISUALIZATION

Working closely with research staff at World Resources Institute, I designed the graphics to accompy a blog post about the intersection of power and water use in India. Because the majority of power plants in India are very water intensive, they cannot run when there is a water shortage. Looking at water as a cause of blackouts is a new story, and these explainer graphics helped to make the case visually. This first graphic shows the number of days each power plant was shut down, along the X axis, and scaled vertically by generation capacity:

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This heatmap of outages makes it the overall trends clear, when the plant was shut down for long periods entirely because of water shortages:

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