U.S. Energy Information Administration Starts State Heating Oil & Propane Price Survey In October

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will start its weekly State Heating Oil and Propane Price Survey (SHOPP) the first week of October and end it the first week in April.

A list of respondents is assembled by EIA and respondents are contacted initially by letter during the summer explaining the survey.

If you are part of the survey, you will be contacted once a week– either by email or phone– for a price for either propane or No. 2 heating oil.

This will normally occur on a Monday (unless Monday is a holiday, then it will be Tuesday). Information is to be submitted by Close of Business Monday on a normal schedule.

As part of the survey, the personnel that handle the data are required to complete an annual training called CIPSEA which certifies that confidentiality will be maintained on prices submitted.

Everyone handling the data in Pennsylvania has completed the training, which is required by EIA prior to access being granted to work on survey.

PPA wants to be sure you are aware of the survey and that it’s coming from a legitimate source as we move into the heating season.

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