Current ChallengeMaven Power Outage Challenge
Clean and prepare real data from the U.S. Department of Energy, and create a dashboard to explore and visualize electric grid outages over a 20-year period
Nov 09, 2023
Start date

Dec 10, 2023

3 days
Days remaining

Annual Membership + Winner T-Shirt
Grand prize
Challenge Objective

For the Maven Power Outage Challenge, you'll be playing the role of a Senior Analytics Consultant hired by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Here's your project brief:

Electricity outages are a growing concern as we enter an age of unprecedented energy demand and climate disasters.

We have event-level power outage data going back to 2002, but have struggled to make sense of it due to severe issues with the data quality and integrity.

This is where you come in.

We need you to consolidate and clean up the raw data, and create a dashboard or report to help us understand patterns and trends around outages, quantify their impact on our communities, and identify possible weak points in the grid.

Last but not least, please explicitly call out any caveats or assumptions you make in regards to data quality issues or missing values.

About The Data SetInformation on electric disturbance events is collected using Form DOE-417 and published online in an annual summary. The dataset contains 4 files for download: An Excel spreadsheet containing the annual summaries, and 3 PDF documents for reference (the survey form, intructions, and documentation for online form submissions).
Electric Meters
US Electric Grid Outages
Electric outages reported to the US Department of Energy from 2002-2023
File type
Single table
Data structure
# of records
# of fields
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Official Terms & Conditions
  • Maven Analytics will give away 1 Annual subscription for an Individual account and 1 "Challenge Winner" t-shirt. After the one year period, the subscription will renew at full price unless canceled (you can cancel at any time).
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • Data Analyst Bootcamp is not included in this prize. That is a separate offering, and not eligible.
  • The challenge will close to new entries on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. All entries must be submitted prior.
  • After the submission deadline, finalists will be chosen by the Maven team.
  • Maven Analytics will select 1 winner from the finalists, and will announce the winner on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 10:00am Eastern Standard Time. The official announcement will be posted on LinkedIn from the Maven Analytics LinkedIn account.

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