- Chapter 4 of the 2018 National Climate Assessment looks at the potential climate impacts on the US energy system.
- Flow of Flows — Orchestrating ELT with Prefect and dbt. More exploration of how to build data processing pipelines using open source tooling.
- Orchestrating Airbyte data connection tasks with Prefect. Official integrations for Airbyte connectors as Prefect tasks.
- Data cleaning IS analysis, not grunt work. A longish post exploring what we really get out of doing data cleaning, and why it’s more valuable and complex than it often gets credit for.
- Peer learnings about what it means to become an open data steward, from the 2021 ODI Open Data Summit. Videos and responses from participants on many facets of stewarding open data, especially as a business / organization.
PUDL v0.5.0: 2020 and Beyond
It’s been almost a month since we pushed out our first actual quarterly software and data release: PUDL v0.5.0! The main impetus for this release was to get the final annual 2020 data integrated for the FERC and EIA datasets we process. We also pulled in the EIA 860 data for 2001-2003, which is only available as DBF files, rather than Excel spreadsheets. This means we’ve got coverage going back to 2001 for all of our data now! Twenty years! We don’t have 100% coverage of all of the data contained in those datasets yet, but we’re getting closer.
Beyond simply updating the data, we’ve also been making some significant changes to how our ETL pipeline works under the hood. This includes how we store metadata, how we generate the database schema, and what outputs we’re generating. The release notes contain more details on the code changes, so here I want to talk a little bit more about why, and where we are hopefully headed.
If you just want to download the new data release and start working with it, it’s up here on Zenodo. The same data for FERC 1 and EIA 860/923 can also be found in our Datasette instance at https://data.catalyst.coop