Federal government establishes Canadian Centre for Energy Information
The 2019 budget is providing project funding for five years.
By Peter Saunders
The federal government announced today it is developing the Canadian Centre for Energy Information, an independent, one-stop website that will provide comprehensive, consolidated energy data.
The system, which has received $15.2 million in funding for the next five years from the 2019 federal budget, will be designed to provide access to credible information and expert analyses on which Canadian businesses and communities can base energy consumption decisions. It will be supported by a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada and guided by a joint federal-provincial-territorial steering committee.
“The need to improve energy information was recognized by the Generation Energy Council (pictured), which proposed pathways for the federal government to move toward a strong, clean energy economy,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of natural resources, when he announced the program today.
The project’s goals include:
- compiling, reconciling and integrating energy data from various sources.
- making data from multiple providers available free of charge.
- harmonizing energy definitions, measurements and standards.
- providing new data products and visualization tools in support of modelling and forecasting.