[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 179 (Friday, September 14, 2012)]
[Pages 56825-56826]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22692]



Proposed Agency Information Collection

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice and Request for OMB Review and Comment.


SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, a proposal for collection of 
information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995. The information collection requests a reinstatement for a three-
year approval of the Commercial Buildings Energy

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Consumption Survey (CBECS), Forms EIA871A through J, OMB Control Number 
1905-0145. The proposed collection will collect baseline data on energy 
consumption and expenditures in commercial buildings and on the energy-
related characteristics of those buildings. To obtain this information, 
interviews are conducted for a sample of commercial buildings 
representing the 50 States and the District of Columbia. For buildings 
in the survey, data are collected on the types, amount and cost of 
energy consumed in the building, how the energy is used, structural 
characteristics of the buildings, activities conducted inside the 
buildings that relate to energy use, building ownership and occupancy, 
energy conservation measures, and energy-using equipment. For those 
buildings that cannot provide energy consumption data for the building, 
the data will be obtained in a follow-up survey from the suppliers of 
electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and/or district heat to the 
building, after receiving permission from the building owner, manager 
or tenant.

DATES: Comments regarding this collection must be received on or before 
October 15, 2012. If you anticipate that you will be submitting 
comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time 
allowed by this notice, please advise the DOE Desk Officer at OMB of 
your intention to make a submission as soon as possible. The Desk 
Officer may be telephoned at 202-395-4650.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the DOE Desk Officer, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10102, 735 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503.
    And to Joelle Michaels, CBECS Survey Manager, U.S. Department of 
Energy, EI-22, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585, Email: 
joelle.michaels@eia.gov, Phone: (202) 586-8952.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Joelle Michaels at the address listed above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains: (1) OMB No.: 1905-0145; (2) Information Collection Request 
Title: EIA-871A-J, ``Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey''; 
(3) Type of Request: Reinstatement with change, of a previously 
approved collection for which approval has discontinued; (4) Purpose: 
The EIA-871A-J is used to collect data on energy consumption by 
commercial buildings and the characteristics of these buildings. The 
surveys fulfill planning, analyses and decision-making needs of DOE, 
other Federal agencies, State governments, and the private sector. 
Respondents are owners/managers of selected commercial buildings and 
their energy suppliers. Response obligations are Voluntary (building 
owners) and Mandatory (energy suppliers); (5) Annual Estimated Number 
of Respondents: 5,142; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 
5,142; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 3,978; (8) Annual 
Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: 0.

    Statutory Authority:  Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Public Law 93-275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 

    Issued in Washington, DC on September 10, 2012.
Stephanie Brown,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-22692 Filed 9-13-12; 8:45 am]