previous year (U.S. Department of Energy, 2011b). The budget cut led to the unfortunate suspension of work on the 2011 CBECS, which had just been awarded to a new data collection contractor.2 The panel assumes that reinstating the CBECS will be a priority in fiscal year 2012, given the lack of alternative sources of information about commercial buildings in the United States.
2 EIA’s energy consumption surveys are conducted by data collection contractors. EIA’s involvement and the division of responsibilities between the organizations have varied over the years. Typically, the data collection contractor performs the sample design and selection activities, hires and trains interviewers, collects the data, and prepares the cleaned and weighted files for EIA. For the CBECS, EIA currently does the editing, imputation, estimation, and modeling in house. For the RECS, EIA does only the modeling in house.