The Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (referred to in this section as the “Administrator”) shall establish a 5-year plan to enhance the quality and scope of the data collection necessary to ensure the scope, accuracy, and timeliness of the information needed for efficient functioning of energy markets and related financial operations.
42 U.S. Code § 17284. Assessment of resources
(a) 5-year plan
(2) RequirementIn establishing the plan under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall pay particular attention to—
timely data series of State-level information;
improvements in data on solid byproducts from coal-based energy-producing facilities; and
(b) Submission to Congress
(1) In generalThe Administrator shall—
share company-level data collected at the State level with each State involved, in a manner consistent with the legal authorities, confidentiality protections, and stated uses in effect at the time the data were collected, subject to the condition that the State shall agree to reasonable requirements for use of the data, as the Administrator may require;
assess any existing gaps in data obtained and compiled by the Energy Information Administration; and
evaluate the most cost-effective ways to address any data quality and quantity issues in conjunction with State officials.
(d) Assessment of State data needs
(e) Authorization of appropriationsIn addition to any other amounts made available to the Administrator, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section—
$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2008;
$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2009;
$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2010;
$15,000,000 for fiscal year 2011;
$20,000,000 for fiscal year 2012; and
such sums as are necessary for subsequent fiscal years.