Explaining and predicting annual electricity demand of enterprises – a case study from Switzerland

Professorship/Faculty: Information Systems and Energy Efficient Systems  
Authors: Stingl, Carlo ; Hopf, Konstantin  ; Staake, Thorsten
Corporate Body: 7th D-A-CH+ Energy Informatics 2018, Oldenburg
Publisher Information: Bamberg : OPUS
Year of publication: 2018
Pages / Size: 1 pdf-Datei (18 S.)
Source/Other editions: Ursprünglich in: Energy Informatics 1 (2018) Suppl. 1, 1:50
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irbo-53060
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URL: https://opus4.kobv.de/opus4-bamberg/frontdoor/i...
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-530608
Document Type: Conferenceobject
In an attempt to channel sales activities, companies often focus on ‘high value targets’ that offer attractive prospective returns. In liberalized electricity markets, commercial customers with high electricity demand constitute such high value targets. The problem when acquiring new customers, however, is that the electricity consumption is not known to the sales organization in advance. This hinders the possibility to prioritize sales targets and thus increases the acquisition cost, reduces the competitiveness within the market and ultimately leads to higher cost for electricity customers. In this study, we investigate the annual electricity consumption of enterprises by means of a dataset with 1810 company addresses in a typical town in Switzerland. We use the industry branch of the enterprises together with open big data (geographic information, online-content, social media data and governmental statistical data) to explain and predict the electricity consumption of such. Our linear regression analysis shows that information on the economic branches of the enterprises, basal area of buildings, number of opening hours and social media data can explain up to 19% of variance in electricity consumption. Economic trends (e.g., in labor market and turnover statistics) reflect changes in the electricity consumption in the investigated years 2010–2014 for several economic branches.

We show, that the electricity consumption can be predicted better than a random predictor, however with a high uncertainty. Nevertheless, the open data sources can be used to identify a relevant group of companies with high consumption (more than 100,000kWh per year) with good accuracy.
Keywords: Enterprise electricity consumption, Open big data, Load prediction, Machine Learning, High consumption customers
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/44573
Release Date: 14. October 2018

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