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ABS Energy Research is an independent energy market research company founded in 1990. We specialize in energy market research reports, analysis, databases, forecasts and energy market consulting. Our global energy market research reports cover the electricity, gas, coal, renewable energy and water and waste markets which we have been following very closely since our foundation. We also provide independent, personalized research.

The Office of Policy, Budget, and Analysis within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has developed this Buildings Energy Databook to provide a current and accurate set of comprehensive buildings- and energy-related data. The Databook is an evolving document and is periodically updated. The Buildings Energy Databook includes statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics.

Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government. The Energy Information Administration is a leader in providing high-quality, policy-independent energy information to meet the requirements of Government, industry, and the public in a manner that promotes sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding. is a web service of LCG Consulting. LCG has successfully modeled the highly complex electricity and gas industries, allowing informed prediction of prices, asset valuations, and volatility under free market conditions. LCG provides news, products, consulting services, and forecasting tools to the energy industry worldwide. Keep ahead of the market with the latest software products and databases for utility analysis and forecasting. Attend our workshops to stay abreast of the industry's restructuring process.

The Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operates programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both clean energy sources and from all end-use sectors and also undertakes analyses of the broad range of cost-effective emissions reductions opportunities from these areas.

The Energy Statistics Division (ESD) of the IEA collects, processes and publishes data and information on energy production, trade, stocks, transformation, consumption, prices and taxes as well as on greenhouse gas emissions. The geographical coverage of the IEA's statistics includes the 30 OECD Member countries and over 100 non-OECD countries world-wide.

Many branches of the government provide data which pertains to building energy use. We have provided a listing of some of this information, coupled with a description of the data or resource available.

Research institutions can often be a valuable source of market information. Publications are typically available for a reasonable fee, and may be available for no charge.

This report profiles the electricity generation of each State, with statistics from 1990, 1994, and 1999. Data are presented for a number of areas including generating capability, electricity generation, fuel use, retail sales, nuclear power, capacity factor, and pollutant emissions. The State Electricity Profiles for the years 1996 and 1998 can also be viewed at back issues.

This report presents energy price and expenditure estimates for each of the 50 individual States, the District of Columbia, and in aggregate for the United States. These estimates are provided by energy source and economic sector.

One function of trade groups is to gather market data about their respective industry. The majority of the time, this information is intended solely for the use of members in the group. Sometimes publications are made available to the general public, typically for a fee. We have listed some trade groups whose data is of interest to those concerned with building energy use. This is not a comprehensive listing of resources available on-line, but provides a starting place for those interested in building energy use.

The U.S. Bureau of the Census has data relating to building energy use available in an on-line format. We have compiled a listing of construction surveys, housing and household economic statistics, manufacturing surveys and population surveys. Each listing has a summary of the information available in the surveys and reports and links download sites.

Office equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR® helps eliminate wasted energy through special power management features. Check here to find ENERGY STAR® qualified computers, monitors, copiers, fax machines, and other office equipment, searchable by brand names and model numbers.

California Energy Commission

This database will be updated every two weeks (usually on Fridays). The Energy Commission will eventually have its entire 65,000-item appliance database on-line with a user-friendly interface allowing more detailed searches for information on refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, furnaces, etc.

The Database for Energy Efficient Resources (DEER) is a California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) sponsored database designed to provide well-documented estimates of energy and peak demand savings values, measure costs, and effective useful life (EUL) all with one data source. The users of the data are intended to be program planners, regulatory reviewers and planners, utility and regulatory forecasters, and consultants supporting utility and regulatory research and evaluation efforts. DEER has been has been designated by the CPUC as its source for deemed and impact costs for program planning.

An alphabetical, topical index to information contained in the California Energy Commission web site, as well as links to more than a thousand other Internet sites about energy around the world.

California's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings: The state building standards mandate energy efficiency measures in new construction. Since being first established in 1977, the building energy standards (along with standards for energy efficiency in appliances) have helped Californians save more than $11.3 billion in electricity and natural gas costs. The standards are updated every three years to allow new energy efficiency technologies to be considered.

Census Bureau

The American Community Survey (ACS), the largest household survey in the United States, provide income and poverty data for the nation and states, as well as cities and metropolitan areas with populations of 250,000 or more.

(Includes Manufacturing, Mining, and Construction Statistics.) Since 1904, the Current Industrial Report (CIR) program has been providing monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity. The primary objective of the CIR program is to produce timely, accurate data on production and shipments of selected products. The data are used to satisfy economic policy needs and for market analysis, forecasting, and decision-making in the private sector. These surveys measure manufacturing activity in important commodity areas such as textiles and apparel, chemicals, primary metals, computer and electronic components, industrial equipment, aerospace equipment, and consumer goods.

The Population Profile of the United States is a biennial report that contains current information on a wide range of topics including National and state population trends and projections; geographical mobility; school enrollment; educational attainment; post-secondary school financing; households and families; marital status and living arrangements; fertility; child care arrangements; child support; disability; program participation; health insurance; labor force and occupation; money income, poverty; and sections on the Black; Hispanic; Asian and Pacific Islander; American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut (only in 1995 report); and elderly populations. Each section is illustrated with graphs, charts, and maps. A subject-matter specialist who can be contacted for further information is listed at the end of each section.


This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000).

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is Hawaii's resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages.

Advancing Iowa's energy efficiency and renewable energy use through research, education and demonstration. The Iowa Energy Center invests its resources to create a stable energy future for the state of Iowa. Through consistency of vision and the dissemination of research-based and balanced energy information, the Energy Center continues to support Iowa communities, businesses and individuals. The people and projects in which the Energy Center invests are making a difference in the state's present and future. The Energy Center supports projects that help Iowans understand how to make homes more comfortable and affordable to own. It invests in initiatives that help Iowa industries and businesses run efficiently so they can be more productive and profitable.

The National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) is a central repository for all EPA documents with over 5500 titles in paper and/or electronic format, available for distribution.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

OSTI is the DOE office that collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions. OSTI ensures global access to DOE research results and brings the world's research to DOE.

The Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC) is the centralized software management facility for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A component of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the ESTSC licenses and distributes scientific and technical (S&T) software developed by DOE contractors, national laboratories, and other facilities. This S&T software is a form of scientific and technical information (STI) resulting from DOE-funded research and development (R&D). It represents the latest in Federal technology. The collection also contains selected S&T software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). is a gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 50 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific Websites.