Canada establishes energy information web site

The Canadian government is developing the Canadian Center for Energy Information, a web site to provide Canadians with access to information and expert analyses on which to base important decisions for businesses, communities, and the environment.

The Canadian government is developing the Canadian Center for Energy Information, a web site designed to provide Canadians with access to independent and credible information and expert analyses on which to base important decisions for businesses, communities, and the environment.

The CCEI, a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada, where it will be housed, received $15.2 million over 5 years in this year’s budget. It will be guided by a joint federal-provincial-territorial steering committee and will seek advice from Canadians, Indigenous peoples, industry, academics, and municipalities.

The site aims to:

• Compile, reconcile, and integrate energy data from various Canadian sources.

• Make data from multiple providers available free of charge on a one-stop, user-friendly website.

• Work collaboratively to harmonize energy definitions, measurements, and standards.

• Provide remote access for researchers to microdata on a secure collaboration platform.

• Improve the completeness, coherence, and timeliness of Canada’s energy information.

• Provide new data products, visualization tools, and expert analyses in support of modeling and forecasting.

Canada’s energy sector accounts for nearly 820,000 jobs and 11% of gross domestic product and plays a key role in the development of solutions to address climate change, Natural Resources Canada said in a press statement.

"The need to improve energy information was recognized by the Generation Energy Council, which proposed pathways for the government of Canada to move forward toward a strong, clean, energy economy,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. In addition to providing information, the CCEI will “enhance competitiveness, international trade, and investment,” Sohi said.

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