Energy is a strategic commodity driving economic growth in the key sectors (such as agriculture, industry, transport as well as services). According to NITI Aayog, energy demand is expected to double to ~1200 Mtoe by 2042 mainly driven by the transport and industry sectors. In terms of electricity demand, the share of the building sector is one third and is projected to witness two-fold increase (from 373 TWh/year to 758 TWh/year) by 2027. Keeping pace with the growing demand in a sustainable manner requires reducing the energy intensity and promoting energy efficiency while ensuring energy access to all. To attain this objective, the availability of end-use energy consumption data becomes essential. Demand-side energy data can enable consumers to track their energy consumption, participate in more strategic long-term planning, nudge consumer behaviour towards energy-efficient consumption practices and patterns, develop better energy efficiency interventions, channelise investment in key sectors, evaluate existing energy efficiency programmes and policies, among other use-cases. Presently, however, end-use energy data are scarce in the public domain.
The Energy Data Services team aims to fill the end-use energy data gaps across all demand sectors at different levels (national, state, local, and consumer), contribute towards data-driven research, provide transparent data sharing and create value-added insights by improving the methods of data collection and management, creating compelling data-stories through innovative and dynamic visualisaton, and developing cutting-edge data analytics. The end goal of the Energy Data Services team is to propel data-driven policy formulation and implementation, enable a market for energy efficient products and services, increase consumer awareness and nudge behaviour towards creating a culture of energy efficiency.