Survey Forms

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

On May 29, 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for changes to its electricity and renewable electricity data collection in 2014 via the following survey forms:

  • 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"

Interested parties can review the Supporting Statement for EIA's proposals, 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.

The initial proposals were announced to the public via a Federal Register Notice published March 6, 2013. Interested parties were given 60 days to submit their comments. EIA reviewed all comments and made certain changes to the original proposals in response to the comments. EIA's responses to these comments can be found in Appendix A.2 of the Supporting Statement (Part A).

As part of the 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 in Appendix A.3 of the Supporting Statement (Part A).

Following are each of the 2014 electricity and renewable survey forms, as approved. An overview of the 2014 changes to the surveys follows further below.

Overview of Proposals

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 the routine 3-year renewal of the electricity data collection program, OMB approved deletions, additions, and modifications to the program. The deletions involved questions where the data were either no longer needed or could not be accurately or cost-effectively collected. Additions mainly involved the new Form EIA-930 which will collect hourly information on the operation of the power system with load data that will be collected and published by EIA in near real-time. Modifications included:

  • the collection of enhanced data on power system reliability, operations, and environmental performance
  • enhanced data on energy efficiency and demand response programs
  • a change to the confidentiality terms of most of the surveys, i.e. EIA will no longer release to the public information on the individuals who respond to the surveys, such as their personal (business) e-mail addresses and phone numbers
  • A notification that EIA will no longer apply disclosure limitation procedures to the statistical data published based on survey information. In the past, these procedures were applied to preclude the possibility of a knowledgeable person to closely estimate the information reported by a specific respondent when a published number was based on data from fewer than three respondents, or a published number was dominated by data from one or two large respondents. 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