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Oct 7 -- May 6 -- EIA invites public comment to OMB by November 14, 2022 on the proposed three-year extension, with changes, to the Petroleum Supply Reporting System (PSRS).
 
The PSRS consists of seven weekly surveys that make up the Weekly Petroleum Supply Reporting System (WPSRS), eight monthly surveys that make up the Monthly Petroleum Supply Reporting System (MPSRS), and one annual survey. EIA uses WPSRS surveys to collect data from a sample of operators on input, production, imports, and inventory levels of crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, petroleum products, and biofuels. EIA uses MPSRS surveys to collect data from all in-scope operators on input, production, imports, biofuel feedstocks consumed, refinery capacity, biofuel plant production capacity, fuels consumed in plant operations, and annual storage capacity of crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids petroleum products, and biofuels. EIA uses annual Form EIA-820 to collect data on refinery capacity, refinery fuels and feedstocks consumed, and the quantity of crude oil received by method of transportation.

The surveys included in the PSRS collect information, that is largely unavailable from other sources, on production, input, inventory levels, imports, inter-regional movements, and fuels and feedstocks consumed for plant operation, for crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, petroleum products, and biofuels. PSRS surveys also collect storage capacities for crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, petroleum products, and biofuels, refinery capacities, biofuel production capacities, and biofuel feedstocks consumed.

EIA requires data from PSRS surveys to meet requirements of energy data users for credible, reliable, and timely energy information. EIA uses PSRS survey data in statistical reports including, but not limited to, the Weekly Petroleum Status Report (WPSR), Petroleum Supply Monthly (PSM), and the Monthly Energy Review (MER). EIA uses PSRS survey data to support analysis and projection work with results reported in the Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), and other reports. EIA makes reports available at https://www.eia.gov/​.

EIA also uses PSRS data to complete monthly and annual reports of U.S. petroleum and biofuel supplies to the International Energy Agency to support U.S. participation as an IEA member county. In some cases, agencies outside of EIA publish data sourced from PSRS surveys in their own reports. For example Bioenergy Statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Data from PSRS surveys provide data to inform policy and business decisions, the data promote efficient markets by providing transparency to petroleum and biofuel supplies. Use of PSRS data by academic researchers, educators, news media, and the general public promotes understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

EIA would like to conduct up to 50 pretesting interviews each year for testing purposes. These methodologies will test or evaluate new terminology, unclear questions in surveys, unclear instructions, or questions that may be added to the Petroleum Supply Reporting System surveys. This will help improve ongoing surveys and reduce errors due to respondent confusion.

[The FRN describes EIA's proposed changes to:  
 
Form EIA-800 Weekly Refinery Report
Form EIA-805 Weekly Bulk Terminal Report
Form EIA-806 Weekly Natural Gas Liquids Report
Form EIA-810 Monthly Refinery Report
Form EIA-814 Monthly Import Report
Form EIA-815 Monthly Bulk Terminal Report
Form EIA-816 Monthly Natural Gas Liquids Report
Form EIA-817 Monthly Tanker and Barge Movements Report
Form EIA-819 Monthly Report of Biofuels, Fuel Oxygenates, Isooctane, and Isooctene
Form EIA-820 Annual Refinery Report]

EIA Petroleum webpage: https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/  
PSRS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202210-1905-001 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for newly added technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage. [Comments due 30 days after submission, i.e., Nov 14]
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-21883

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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