In an effort to improve access to international energy data and trends in global energy markets, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Monday launched a redesigned version of its International Energy Portal.

The expanded portal provides increased access to data, including historical information on country-level energy use dating back, in many cases, more than 30 years, EIA said.

It also provides new user-driven customization, new data visualization features, improved access to international analysis, and enhanced data downloads. Users can retrieve international data as it is updated, or use EIA's Excel Data Add-In tool to download data directly into spreadsheets, the agency said.

"With most of the future growth in energy consumption expected to occur outside of the United States and with increasingly interconnected world energy markets, a clear perspective on the international energy landscape is critically important, and EIA’s redesigned International Energy Portal makes it easier to gain insight into global energy developments," said EIA  Administrator Adam Sieminski.

A red banner at the top of the website Monday afternoon cautioned that "projects published on beta are not final and may contain programming errors. They are for public testing and comment only."