(instead of just sample members who do not provide adequate data) can be implemented, providing utilities with some data could also become more feasible. A collaboration of this type could serve as an incentive that encourages energy suppliers to standardize their reporting in ways that enables EIA to more efficiently integrate the data received from them.
Additional opportunities for more active dissemination and closer collaboration with the research community include working with other groups collecting extensive data in limited regions or building types. Collaborations with stakeholders can not only be useful in the short term but can also help EIA plan for the future. Providing cost-recoverable custom analysis to the public may be another area to explore.
The panel expects that interest in energy consumption data will continue to grow. Rapid changes in the energy landscape combined with changes in the survey-taking environment require data collection approaches that are continuously updated. Investments into state-of-the-art data collections are necessary to assure that EIA remains at the forefront of energy consumption research.