Good analysis needs good data. It is encouraging to see a new energy data portal has been launched in Ireland. Jim Scheer, Programme Manager at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) explains the recent developments.
Explore Ireland’s Energy Use
In the current age of fast paced and tweet sized communications, getting the message through on the big ideas around the need for a world transformation to sustainable energy technologies and practices is becoming more challenging. Since the decisions that need to be made around energy infrastructure development are costly, both on the supply side (electricity generation, renewable heat production, grid infrastructure, storage etc.) and the demand side (building and house energy efficiency upgrades), they can’t be based on back-of-the envelope calculations; but who wants to read a 80 – 100 page report? Perhaps there are a few of us left, but it is clear to get widespread appreciation of the issues, and potential solutions, the results of detailed analysis need to be conveyed in simple and impactful terms.
SEAI has recently launched a new interactive energy data portal. This is one form in which we are developing our capacity to deliver outputs of our detailed analysis and modelling work to users in a digestible way.
The interactive charts provide visitors with an easy interface to investigate historic energy use statistics across different fuels and sectors, as well as how energy use is projected to change out to 2030. It does this by combining Ireland’s historical energy statistics with SEAI’s energy forecast.
What’s great about the energy data portal
The portal allows users to Investigate and tailor several interactive charts including primary energy supply by fuel, final energy use by fuel and final energy demand by sector. A breakdown of energy use in all sectors of the Irish economy, from households, to industry, transport, public and commercial sectors is also available for analysis. Why not take a look at the balance between fossil fuels and renewable energy in different sectors? Or take a look back to 1990, where our data starts, and see how energy use has evolved over time? Both aggregate and detailed data breakdown into sub-sector and fuel derivatives are available and the time-frame displayed can be adjusted to further tailor chart outputs.
We have also included projected energy trends illustrating our forecast data for a possible future energy scenario out to 2030. Disruptive notes are provided under the charts detailing the relevant assumptions to give further explanation and background to the data. For those who want to do their own analysis, the raw data can be downloaded directly to excel for further analysis. This feature will be of particular interest to the research community.
Choose the data you want to explore
The interactive chart feature lets users choose the data they want to explore – bringing trends and insights to life via a live chart. This enables users to explore questions like…
- Which sectors use the most energy in Ireland?
- Which are the most popular forms of renewable energy utilised in Ireland?
- How might the fuel mix of the residential sector change as we head towards 2020 and beyond?
People it might interest
The portal will be of interest to researchers, students, teachers, people working in the energy sector, government, media and the general public with an interest in energy supply and use in Ireland.
It will continue to expand during 2017 to include more of the rich data bank that SEAI holds. Possible future modules include energy prices for businesses and households, building energy rating statistics, energy related emissions, and more detailed sectoral and technology based statistics.
You can enter the portal here.
Keep an eye out for future updates!