Data sources for study planning

The system planner should try to make use of the exisitng local information systems and all other sources of information that in addition can offer a complete picture of the planning isssue.

Municipal adiministrations and statistical offices have useful databases about the local communities and energy supply. Information can also be obtained form statistical, market research or other surveys or from studies performed on comparable areas, for the larger region or for the country as a whole. Databases that contain geographical data is useful for facilitating visualisation of the various system elements -geographical information system (GIS).

We propose a check-list for the type of information that must be searched for:

  • Data about energy sources. This can be found in: national analyses, analyses made by different branch organisations, local market surveys;
  • Prognosis for the development of prices of locally available energy carriers;
  • Data about the availability and cost of utilization of energy resources from within system boundaries or from outside system boundaries (guidelines on how to define system boundaries can be found in sub-task A3)
  • Data about useful energy demand for energy services in different sectors. Here the goal is to find data on: the existing and future plans for regional development i.e. data about the building mass (family houses, commercial buildings or industry) and the specific use of energy in the different buildings.
  • Data about the technologies in the system: the existing technologies for energy conversion, transport distribution and use, data about new techologies that can be possibly used in the system.

In the right menu you can find links to web-pages of different organizations that may provide information useful in problem structuring.

Published August 3, 2012

Contact: Gerd Kjølle, SINTEF Energy Research