The Energy Information Administration, the information arm of the Department of Energy (DOE) that provides statistics on the energy market, closed down October 11 as a result of the federal government shutdown.
“Transactions submitted via the website might not be processed until appropriations are enacted; databases might not be available; and we will not be able to respond to inquiries,” according to a statement by the EIA.
To maintain continuity of the EIA’s data, the agency encouraged its partners to submit reports as normally scheduled, but there will be no one present at the EIA’s offices to deal with technical issues. This could conceivably interfere with the filing of such reports, according to the EIA.
The EIA is the main agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, and is responsible for collecting, analyzing and circulating energy information to promote better markets and policymaking. EIA data covers the coal, oil, natural gas, electric power, nuclear energy and renewable energy market segments. It has an annual budget of about $105 million.