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A global degree days database for energy-related applications

Tarek Atalla, Silvio Gualdi and Alessandro Lanza

Energy, 2018, vol. 143, issue C, 1048-1055

Abstract: Weather can have a profound effect on energy consumption particularly with respect to hot and cold temperatures, driving residential and commercial energy demand. The cooling and heating degree day methodology has been often been regarded as a reliable means to account for this effect for purposes of normalization and econometric analysis. However, when applied within the context of international cross-country comparison, this methodology suffers from two majors limitations: the lack of an appropriate international database that encompasses degree days at a functional spatial and temporal aggregation using various reference temperatures, and second, the existing methodologies only account for the effect of temperature and ignore the potential effect of other climatic factors such as humidity and solar radiation.

Keywords: Cooling degree days; Heating degree days; Weather normalization; Weather database (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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