Published:
April 19, 2022
Last updated:
April 20, 2023

14 excellent resources for energy data to rely upon

Whether you are a researcher, a content creator or an analyst you’ll always benefit from having comprehensive and reliable data sources. To help you with that we have created a list of the 14 resources we found the most comprehensive and useful in writing our blog posts, researching for our reports and preparing webinars.

BP Statistical Review of World Energy

🗺️ Coverage: Global (92 regions around the world)
🔁 Update frequency: Annually
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here

*The* go-to energy resource details energy data across 79 categories (from energy consumption to renewable capacity) in 92 regions. The data goes back as far as 1965. Access is free of charge and all data is provided in one Excel-file.

Bundesnetzagentur

🗺️ Coverage: Germany
🔁 Update frequency: Varies by category
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here

The German regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets maintains and publishes data on various energy-related topics from electricity generation and consumption to grid stability, from charging stations to power plants. Data is provided free of charge in machine readable formats (CSV, XLS, XLM). Especially the data on charging stations was extremely useful for our charging report.

Electricity Map

🗺️ Coverage: Global (129 regions in America, Asia, Australia and Europe)
🔁 Update frequency: Real-time
💰Cost: Free + Paid
🔗 Link: here

Real-time data on electricity generation and consumption and related CO2 emissions. Live data is available free of charge through the web interface. Machine readable historic data and API access is available against a charge.

Energy Charts

🗺️ Coverage: Germany
🔁 Update frequency: Varies
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here

Comprehensive tool for interactive charts on energy generation and carbon emissions in Germany. Users can select date ranges and dimensions. Data is available for free and all graphs can be exported as PNGs, JPEGs and PDFs. CSV, however, is only available for some data due licensing constraints.

Epex

🗺️ Coverage: 21 electricity markets in Europe
🔁 Update frequency
: Real-time
💰Cost:
Free + Paid
🔗 Link
: here

Current wholesale electricity prices are available through the web interface and updated in real-time. Historical data and API access is available for purchase.

ENTSO-E

🗺️ Coverage: Most European coutnries
🔁 Update frequency
: Real-time
💰Cost:
Free
🔗 Link
: here

ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, is the association for the cooperation of the European transmission system operators. For most European countries the organization publishes data on load, generation, transmission, balancing, congestion, system operations and outages.

Ember

🗺️ Coverage: Depends on dataset
🔁 Update frequency
: Varies
💰Cost:
Free
🔗 Link
: here

Ember is an energy-focused think tank. They collect data on electricity and energy from various publicly available source and provide them in a harmonized, machine-readable format free of charge.

Global Petrol Prices

🗺️ Coverage: +150 countries
🔁 Update frequency:
Daily
💰 Cost:
Free + Paid
🔗 Link:
here

Global petrol prices tracks the retail prices of motor fuel, electricity, and natural gas in over 150 countries. Data is updated daily. Current prices are available on the website for free. Access to historical data and API access are available. When we checked a charge of 0.25 USD was applied per datapoint. So a year of German gasoline prices, for example, with one data point per week cost 13 USD (52 * 0.25).

International Energy Agency

🗺️ Coverage: Global (171 countries)
🔁 Update frequency: Varies
💰Cost: Free + Paid
🔗 Link: here

The international energy agency publishes loads of historic energy data as well as forecasts by energy source. Reports can be downloaded for free and charts are available in the web interface. Machine-readable data, however, is only available for purchase – which has also earned the agency some criticism.

International Renewable Energy Agency

🗺️ Coverage: Global
🔁 Update frequency: Varies
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here

The international renewable energy agency publishes reports as well as data on the generation and use of renewable energy. Data can be visualized directly in the web app and downloaded as PDF, PPTX or CSV for free.

Kraftfahrtbundesamt

🗺️ Coverage: Germany
🔁 Update frequency: Monthly
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here

More mobility than energy: The German Federal Motor Transport Authority publishes new car registrations every month broken down by model and fuel. Data is provided as an Excel file.

Our World in Data

🗺️ Coverage: Global (Varies by category)
🔁 Update frequency: Varies by country and category
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here 

Our world in data aggregates data from various sources and across topics – from access to energy to carbon intensity of energy. All data can be visualized and interacted with in the web app and downloaded as images (PNG and SVG) or as raw data (CSV).

US Energy Information Administration

🗺️ Coverage: Global (Varies by category)
🔁 Update frequency: Varies by country and category
💰Cost: Free
🔗 Link: here 

The EIA publishes weekly, monthly and annual reports on various energy carriers and their usage around the world. All data is available free of charge and can be downloaded in machine-readable formats (CSV, XLS, JSON) or retrieved directly via the API.

World Bank

🗺️ Coverage: Global
🔁 Update frequency: Mostly annually
💰Cost:
Free
🔗 Link: here 

The World Bank runs the portal energydata.info which features 890 datasets from 193 countries. The data is provided by 33 partners and available for download in various formats. Access is free of charge.

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