ABARE Fuel and Electricity Survey, Financial Year 2001/2002
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
The statistical information to be collected by the Fuel and Electricity Survey (FES) is required by Commonwealth and State governments, the energy industry, academics and industry consultants. In addition, Australia has commitments to provide detailed energy supply and demand information to international organisations such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, as well as providing input into Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
More recently there has been an increased demand for energy end-use data in the commercial, residential, transport, energy renewables and energy cogeneration sectors. The FES aims to satisfy this identified demand by undertaking the following:
The FES statistical information will be published by ABARE in a comprehensive set of statistical tables at the completion of the survey, which addresses the fundamental need for historical and forecast information on the amount of energy consumed and produced in Australia, by industry, by fuel type and by State. A consistent set of data is not available from any other source in Australia. Consumption and production data for some fuel types is available from administrative sources, predominantly fuel suppliers, however, this information lacks the required end-use information required by clients (by fuel, by industry, by equipment type and in some instances by region). The FES is focused on collecting this detailed end-use data as well as less detailed consumption and production data where it is not available from other sources.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? (B2)
The FES will collect data on the amount of energy consumed and produced for the proceeding three fiscal years (1998-99 to 2000-01) and forecasted needs on an annual basis out to 2005-06. This data is collected on a site by site (operational entity) basis and requires the information by fuel, by industry and by equipment type. The information is collected for both consumption and production data, but where possible if data is collected elsewhere, duplication is avoided.
The FES is designed to provide a reliable and accurate data set on energy consumption and production in Australia, which will meet the needs of clients for detailed end-use information. The statistical data to be published may include approximately 50 fuel, 30 industry (at 2 or 3 digit ANZSIC level, depending on the industry) and 15 equipment types.
There are a number of constraints applicable to the FES. These constraints include:
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
The historical data collected from the survey will be published in late June 2002, with the release of the forecast statistics to coincide with the ABARE Outlook conference, held in early March 2003.
The provisional timetable for the key milestones of the FES is as follows:
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