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DOE - 82 - American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics - Agency Authority


Committee NameAmerican Statistical Association Committee on Energy StatisticsAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2005Committee Number82
Original Establishment Date10/17/1984Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/24/2005Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*14
Current Charter Date10/27/2004Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter10/27/2006Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date3/24/2005Designated Federal Officer First Name*Nancy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Kirkendall
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency MemorandumDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 426-1709
Effective Date Of Authority*9/18/1984Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 426-1083
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee on Energy Statistics was a utilized committee of the American Statistical Association. The Committee consisted of highly qualified statisticians and economists in energy and energy-related fields. It provided a breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to furnish qualified and balanced advice to the Administrator and staff of the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Due to changes in policy for utilized committees in the Department, the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics has been terminated as a committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.The Committee provided advice in such areas as EIA's convergence experiments with and extending the forecasting horizon of the National Energy Modeling System, analysis of strategies for reducing multiple emissions from power plants, estimating natural gas production data, implementing significant survey redesigns, discussing a survey of steam-only facilities using biomass feedstocks, agency performance measures, collecting data on alternative fueled vehicles, future options for measuring consumption by energy-use sector, clarification of small area/imputation technique, and information quality. Additional topics included EIA's weekly natural gas storage survey, managing the Agency's human capital, the quality of natural gas data, managing risk in energy markets, discussing the redesign of the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, the current status and issues related to developing the System for the Analysis of Global Energy Markets (SAGE), implementing the new electric power data system, discussing the Energy Situation Analysis Report, information quality guidelines, and improving the quality of annual nonutility data.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee was composed of approximately 14 members, with experience in energy-related statistical and economic problems and methodologies. The Committee was balanced in terms of representing the points of view of users of EIA information. Specifically, committee members included statisticians, economists, officials of energy research organizations, Federal and State government statisticians, and university professors. This mix was intended to reflect a balance of technical skills, and a breadth of experience and points of view.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee on Energy Statistics met with the EIA twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall. This allowed for the timely review and discussion of the statistical aspect of the EIA programs. It also allowed the Committee to keep abreast of statistical developments in the EIA. Because statistical problems often had complex solutions that required considerable time to implement, more frequent meetings would not be beneficial. The twice-yearly meetings provided continuity, allowing topics discussed at one meeting to be discussed at the next meeting when needed.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Statistical issues related to energy information collection, quality, and analysis are numerous and complex. The statistical experience and skills of the committee members must be of the highest caliber and must provide statistical insight into a broad range of areas, including energy modeling, energy information collection and support, and the structure and functioning of energy markets. Such specific skills and perspective is not available within the Department or any existing Federal advisory committee, and cannot be independently provided by a single consultant.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksWilliam I. Weinig, Program Manager

Subjects covered in the American Statistical Association meetings with the Energy Information Administration included such areas as using data from combined heat and power plants to estimate industrial natural gas prices, managing risk in energy markets, State level coal forecasting, estimating monthly data for non-utility generation and fuel consumption from an annual and a monthly related time series, estimating and presenting power sector fuel use in EIA publications and analyses, attributes of EIA’s “enhanced” Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program, organization and delivery of energy information in a spatially referenced form, and a paper by a Committee guest, former Committee member and previous EIA Administrator titled, “ASA Committee on Energy Statistics Contributions to EIA.” Additional topics and discussion included EIA’s survey quality effort: were is EIA going? (in three parts): an overview of EIA’s survey quality initiatives, survey quality efforts of EIA’s Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels, and survey quality via Performance-Based Service Contracting. Other sessions included discussion of the new law on data confidentiality and EIA’s response, a presentation by a Committee guest on an alternative natural gas production estimation procedure, discussion of EIA’s (Draft) Electricity Transmission Study, redesign of the EIA-906, Power Plant Report, and using data from combined heat and power plants to estimate natural gas industrial prices.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*45Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*60.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency provides feedback using a meeting summary and EIA's Home Page ( under Energy Events, Summary of Advice from the ASA Committee on Energy Statistics.Narrative Description*The American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics is no longer a Federal advisory committee as of 3/24/2005.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$18,400.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$18,400.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$14,500.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$14,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$19,300.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$19,300.00
Total Costs$52,200.00Est. Total Next FY*$52,200.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-014931American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics2004
 COM-015522American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics2003
 COM-016918American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics2002
 COM-017197American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics2001
 COM-019048American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics2000
 COM-019436American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics1999
 COM-020827American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics1998
 COM-021317American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics1997