Survey Forms

Coal Survey Form Changes Proposed for 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has begun the process of re-clearing the coal survey forms. The EIA proposes to make changes to the following forms:

  • EIA-3, "Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report, Manufacturing and Transformation/Processing Coal Plants and Commercial and Institutional Coal Users"
  • EIA-6Q, "Quarterly Coal Report (Standby)"
  • EIA-7A, "Coal Production and Preparation Report"
  • EIA-8A, "Coal Stocks Report"
  • EIA-20, "Weekly Coal Monitoring Report, Coal Burning Utilities and Independent Power Producers (Standby)"

The EIA also proposes to discontinue forms:

  • EIA-1, "Weekly Coal Monitoring Report — General Industries and Blast Furnaces (Standby)"
  • EIA-4, "Weekly Coal Monitoring Report — Coke Plants (Standby)"
  • EIA-5, "Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report — Coke Plants"

For Form EIA-3, the EIA proposes to modify the survey scope to include coke plants. In addition, the EIA proposes to collect coal and coke data presently collected on Form EIA-5 in Schedules II, III, and IV on Form EIA-3 following the re-clearance. Hence, the EIA proposes to discontinue the Form EIA-5. Form EIA-3 will also have minor revisions including a title change.

For Forms EIA-7A and EIA-8A, the EIA proposes to modify questions, response options, and instructions to provide respondents with more detail and to improve navigation. The EIA proposes to add questions on both surveys regarding metallurgical coal production and distribution and destination markets.

Forms EIA-1 and EIA-4 were intended to collect data from non-electric sector respondents in the event of a coal supply disruption. To date, these forms have never been deployed. Also, the possibility of such a disruption to non-electric sector respondents seems minimal. Hence, the EIA proposes to discontinue these forms.

For Forms EIA-6Q and EIA-20, the EIA proposes to make minor revisions.

See the Federal Register Notice on the proposed changes. Comments due by October 28, 2013 and should be directed to:

Tejasvi Raghuveer
EIA-3 Survey Manager
U.S. Energy Information Administration, EI-24
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

EIA will be hosting a web-based presentation on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:00 am to discuss these changes further. If you would like to attend, please email Tejasvi Raghuveer at

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