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Pilot Research Study
The goals of the pilot study were to examine whether the data could be used to enhance or bolster ABS economic statistics, or to produce more timely indicators that would be of value in the context of disruptions due to COVID-19.
Preliminary Findings From Research Pilot
While the data indicates that household share of electricity usage increased and business share decreased, some of this is attributable to more people working from home.
1The smart meter data includes electricity purchased from the grid, but not electricity self-generated and consumed by households and businesses. See section 'Interpreting Electricity Data'.
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4661.0 - Using electricity data to understand COVID-19 impacts , 2020
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