Energy information system (EIS) is a concept that is very broad in scope. It involves energy performance monitoring software, energy data hardware, and communication systems used to store, analyze, and display energy data. The ever changing and dynamic nature of the energy industry means that data and information must be constantly harnessed, managed and disseminated effectively. Best practices exist around the world where energy data system is maintained. A good example is the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) which maintains The State Energy Data System (SEDS). SEDS creates database of historical time series of energy production, consumption, prices, and expenditure by state that are defined as consistently as possible over time and across sectors for analysis and forecasting purposes. Some of the SEDS data series come directly from surveys conducted by EIA while many are estimated using other available information.
The Functions of the EIS Unit
Following the above background, this proposal intends to design a framework for the creation of an Energy Information System (EIS) unit at CPEEL. The main function of this unit is to source for energy-related data locally and abroad and maintain an up-to-date database for them in a manner that the data would be accessible for CPEEL researchers and interested users. More specifically, the unit will be expected to carry out the following activities:
i. Source for relevant data on different types of energy from administrative records, internet, publications, etc. and compile them in a time series format.
ii. Conduct energy surveys of households, regions, states, sectors, firms/industries, etc. on regular and timely manner.
iii. Generate and publish energy indicators for the public to form accurate opinion and stimulate an informed debate about energy issue.
iv. Produce publications on energy statistics and disseminate