Annual Survey of Electric Power Thermal Generating Station Fuel Consumption (EPTG)

Detailed information for 2015

Status:

Active

Frequency:

Annual

Record number:

2196

The purpose of this survey is to obtain information on the supply of, and/or demand for, energy in Canada.

Data release - November 7, 2016

Description

The purpose of this survey is to obtain information on the supply of, and/or demand for, energy in Canada. This information serves as an important indicator of Canadian economic performance, and is used by all levels of government in establishing informed policies in the energy area. The private sector also uses this information in the corporate decision-making process.

Statistical activity

The survey is administered as part of the Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP). The IBSP program has been designed to integrate approximately 200 separate business surveys into a single master survey program. The IBSP aims at collecting industry and product detail at the provincial level while minimizing overlap between different survey questionnaires. The redesigned business survey questionnaires have a consistent look, structure and content.

The integrated approach makes reporting easier for firms operating in different industries because they can provide similar information for each branch operation. This way they avoid having to respond to questionnaires that differ for each industry in terms of format, wording and even concepts. The combined results produce more coherent and accurate statistics on the economy.

Reference period: Calendar year

Subjects

  • Energy
  • Energy consumption and disposition
  • Nuclear and electric power

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The universe consists of thermal generating stations with capacity over 500 KW.

The frame is derived from the Electricity Supply and Disposition Annual Survey (record number 2194).

Instrument design

The questionnaire comprises the quantity, cost and heat content of fuels consumed to generate electricity, and the quantity of electricity generated.

The questionnaire is respondent completed.

Sampling

This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

Data are collected for all units of the target population, therefore no sampling is done.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2016-04-14 to 2016-09-21

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Initial contact with new respondents is made by Head Office as part of their identification in the Electricity Supply and Disposition Annual Survey.

Respondents submit only one report for each type of generating station.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Quality evaluation

Prior to the data release, survey results are analyzed for comparability; in general, this includes a detailed review of: individual responses (especially for the largest companies), general economic conditions, coherence with results from related economic indicators, historical trends, and information from other external sources (e.g. associations, trade publications, newspaper articles).

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Confidentiality analysis includes the detection of possible direct disclosure, which occurs when the value in a tabulation cell is composed of a few respondents or when the cell is dominated by a few companies.

Documentation

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