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Energy Use

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the energy models his Department uses (a) to calculate the geographic and sectoral distribution of UK energy usage and (b) to project future energy usage are made available to independent energy analysts on request. (82094)

The information is as follows:

(a) The breakdown of energy usage by local authority area for domestic, industrial and commercial users are only partially based on energy models. The gas and electricity data are based on actual metered consumption and are collected by DTI under the National Statistics code of practice and protocols. Since these data relate to individual consumers this precludes release to independent energy analysts. The road transport and other fuels data are modelled, and are prepared for DTI by independent consultants. The way these estimates are put together has been described in various articles in the DTI’s statistical bulletin “Energy Trends”, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House and at http://www.dti. gov.uk/energy/statistics/publications/trends/index.html

(b) The DTI routinely shares knowledge and experience of our modelling with outside agents. The model has not been made available to other users, though substantial material on the basis of the modelling approach can be found on the Updated Energy Projections webpage at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/environment/projections/index.html