4661.0 - Using electricity data to understand COVID-19 impacts , 2020  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/10/2020  First Issue
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Using electricity data to understand COVID-19 impacts

Using a small sample of inner Melbourne data, we found that electricity usage patterns were indicative of a trend of a higher proportion of households staying home during the day as the crisis escalated through March and April. We also found that business electricity usage fell, and that this fall was more substantial for particular industry groups.
In this article, we outline exploratory analysis the ABS has undertaken, the results, and the prospects for future use of this new data source.
Data received does not contain information about individuals or any other billing information. Only area level statistics are produced from this data.