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Title: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: SpacemanSpiff on December 19, 2013, 10:33:48 AM
Was't sure if any fellow mustachians would be able to help out with this one.  My internet-fu is currently failing me in locating information I need.  I am trying to find data on the Bureau of Labor Statistics relating to Electricity costs in the New York Area.  I was able to find data relating to the trailing 12 months's prices on the BLS website (http://www.bls.gov/ro2/avgengny.htm - see chart at the bottom of the page under Electricity per kWh). but could not find monthly data that included all of 2012. 

Does anyone with a little more familiarity with the BLS website know where I might be able to locate similar data going back through 2012?  The only items I have been able to find so far that included electricity going back through 2012 have been price indices that include more than electricity.

I am open to the use of other data sources that could be considered reputable sources for such information.


Disclaimer: My apologies if this isn't the appropriate place to ask this question or if such requests aren't kosher.  I took a look at the forum rules and didn't see any prohibitions relating to such requests therein. If my post needs to be moved or deleted, I am more than willing to do so.
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: huadpe on December 19, 2013, 01:11:38 PM
Not monthly data, but FRED (St. Louis Federal Reserve's data-analysis tool) has every-6-month data going back a couple decades.

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?g=qbK&dbeta=1

What do you need the data for, if I can ask?
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: LauraG on December 19, 2013, 07:06:12 PM
The U.S. energy information agency is what I use when I need various types of energy use and price data.
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: SpacemanSpiff on December 27, 2013, 01:48:31 PM
huadpe - thanks for the recommendation! I had not stumbled accross that yet and will keep that handy.  The data is being used for work purposes - unfortuntely, im not comfortable saying much more than that .  Sorry!

LauraG - thanks as well for the recommendation - I checked out the EIA, but wasn't quite able to find the data in the format I was looking for.
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: starbuck on December 27, 2013, 01:58:29 PM
You can also call or email the BLS directly. There are regional offices throughout the country to help data users.

http://www.bls.gov/bls/regncon.htm (http://www.bls.gov/bls/regncon.htm)

Here's the contact info for the NY office:

Location and Mailing Address:
New York-New Jersey Information Office
201 Varick Street, Room 808
New York, NY 10014
http://www.bls.gov/ro2/
Phone: (646) 264-3600
Self Service and/or Personal Assistance:
Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30 to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: anastrophe on December 27, 2013, 02:03:26 PM
LauraG - thanks as well for the recommendation - I checked out the EIA, but wasn't quite able to find the data in the format I was looking for.

Post back if you find it, I'm rarely able to find the data in the format I'm looking for and am curious about this as well.
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: MKinVA on December 27, 2013, 02:16:21 PM
http://www.nyiso.com/public/webdocs/media_room/publications_presentations/Power_Trends/Power_Trends/power_trends_2012_final.pdf

State of the Grid for New York State
Title: Re: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Post by: SpacemanSpiff on January 13, 2014, 02:41:52 PM
starbuck - that is awesome and I saved the BLS contact information for future reference.  Thanks!!

anastrophe - unfortunately I was not able to find it in the format I desired in a timely enough fashion and my team was forced to do the task at hand through a much more tedious process. Sorry :(