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All Urban Areas’ Energy Use Data Across 640 Indian Districts: For Year 2011

  • May 2020
  • Data Sets
  • Multiple

All Urban Areas’ Energy Use Data Across 640 Indian Districts (AllUrE-India) provides data on urban areas’ electricity and fossil fuel use in households, industrial sectors, transportation, and commercial buildings and agricultural activities across 640 Indian districts for the year 2011, in a manner that aligns city-level data with national-level data. A novel top-down and bottom-up method was developed to estimate energy use.

Read about the accompanying paper in Scientific Data:

ABSTRACT: India is the third-largest contributor to global energy-use and anthropogenic carbon emissions. India’s urban energy transitions are critical to meet its climate goals due to the country’s rapid urbanization. However, no baseline urban energy-use dataset covers all Indian urban districts in ways that align with national totals and integrate social-economic-infrastructural attributes to inform such transitions. This paper develops a novel bottom-up plus top-down approach, comprehensively integrating multiple field surveys and utilizing machine learning, to model All Urban areas’ Energy-use (AllUrE) across all 640 districts in India, merged with social-economic-infrastructural data. Energy use estimates in this AllUrE-India dataset are evaluated by comparing with reported energy-use at three scales: nation-wide, state-wide, and city-level. Spatially granular AllUrE data aggregated nationally show good agreement with national totals (<2% difference). The goodness-of-fit ranged from 0.78–0.95 for comparison with state-level totals, and 0.90–0.99 with city-level data for different sectors. The relatively strong alignment at all three spatial scales demonstrates the value of AllUrE-India data for modelling urban energy transitions consistent with national energy and climate goals.

Read the full article here.

Read a news article on how this database can help India cities meet climate goals.