Energy Department’s Data Group the Latest Shutdown Victim

Energy data during the shutdown is about to be anybody's guess.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Oct. 11, 2013, 9:28 a.m.

The na­tion’s eco­nom­ic data has gone miss­ing dur­ing the shut­down, and en­ergy stat­ist­ics are about to be the next cas­u­alty.

The En­ergy In­form­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Fri­day it will no longer re­lease re­ports or data that are heav­ily re­lied upon in the in­dustry, and its web­site will not be up­dated for the dur­a­tion of the shut­down.

Re­spond­ents can still sub­mit fig­ures for col­lec­tion, but they will not be pro­cessed un­til the agency’s fur­loughed em­ploy­ees come back to work.

The agency’s stat­ist­ics cov­er pro­duc­tion across a wide range of en­ergy sources, in­clud­ing coal, pet­roluem, nat­ur­al gas and elec­tri­city, and sev­er­al re­new­able en­ergy sources. It pub­lishes daily re­ports and charts, as well as weekly price and pro­duc­tion out­looks for a vari­ety of na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al en­ergy sources.

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