Survey Forms

Electricity and Renewable (Photovoltaic) Survey Form Changes Proposed for 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is proposing changes to its electricity and renewable electricity data collection in 2014. These changes involve the following surveys:

  • Form EIA-63B, "Annual Photovoltaic Cell/Module Shipments Report"
  • Form EIA-411, "Coordinated Bulk Power Supply Program Report,"
  • Form EIA-826, "Monthly Electric Utility Sales and Revenue Report with State Distributions,"
  • Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report,"
  • Form EIA-860M, "Monthly Update to the Annual Electric Generator Report,"
  • Form EIA-861, "Annual Electric Power Industry Report,"
  • Form EIA-861S, "Annual Electric Power Industry Report (Short Form)," and
  • Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."
  • The addition of a new form, the Form EIA-930, "Balancing Authority Operations Report"

The proposals were announced to the public via a Federal Register Notice (FRN) published March 6, 2013. Interested parties were given 60 days to submit their comments. EIA received comments from 44 organizations or individuals. EIA reviewed all comments and made certain changes to the original proposals in response to the comments. EIA's responses to comments can be found in the Supporting Statement (see below).

As part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance process, a second Federal Register Notice was published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. The publication of this notice opened a second and final comment period that closed on January 23, 2014.

The comments received in response to the second FRN can be found at

An overview of the current proposed changes to the surveys follows further below. For additional information, see the FRN and the drafts of the revised forms:

Interested parties can also review the Supporting Statement for EIA's proposal, consisting of Part A (Justification) and Part B (Collection of Information Employing Statistical Methods). The Supporting Statement is submitted to OMB and provides justification for the data collection and explains the statistical methods employed in conducting the surveys.

Overview of Proposal

The electricity surveys collect data from entities involved in the production, transmission, delivery, and sale of electricity, and in maintaining the reliable operation of the power system. The data collected are the primary source of information on the nation's electric power industry. In addition to routine survey approval, this clearance proposes to modify the surveys, including the collection of enhanced data on power system reliability, operations, environmental performance, and energy efficiency and demand response programs. The proposal also eliminates questions where the data is neither no longer needed or cannot be accurately or cost-effectively collected. A new survey, the EIA-930, is proposed to collect hourly information on the operation of the power system, with load data to be collected and published by EIA in near real-time.

The EIA-63B survey collects data from companies involved in the photovoltaic industry; e.g. manufacturing, shipping, importing, and exporting. The survey is the primary source of information on this energy industry segment. No changes are proposed to this survey. Changes are also proposed to the confidentiality terms of most of the surveys. One change will make information on the individuals who respond to the surveys, such as their personal (business) e-mail address and phone number, sensitive data that will not be released to the public. The second change is a notification that EIA will no longer apply disclosure limitation procedures to the statistical data published based on survey information. There may be some statistics that are based on data from fewer than three respondents, or that are dominated by data from one or two large respondents. In these cases, it may be possible for a knowledgeable person to closely estimate the information reported by a specific respondent. This change will make the data protection procedures applied to the electricity and photovoltaic data consistent with that of other EIA surveys.

Previous electricity form changes