This survey was sent to all entities active in the electric industry.
If you don't offer any demand response programs or time-based rates, you should answer Question 1, Question 2 and Question 3 only. If you plan to begin such programs in the future, please also answer Question 5.
Yes. The survey applies to both wholesale and retail services.
Yes, please. If demand is less than 1 MW, enter the demand value using decimal points. For example, you would report 300 kW as 0.3 MW. And remember, if you don't offer any demand response programs or time-based rates, you only need to answer Questions 1, 2 and 3.
No. A time-based rate would have different prices within each day, except perhaps for weekends and holidays. We're looking for rates that charge different prices depending on when the energy is used during a day. Inverted block rates, declining block rates, flat rates, seasonal rates (or some combination of those) would not be considered time-based rates. Examples of time-based rates would be: time-of-use rates (with on peak and off peak rates) for energy or demand, critical peak pricing rates, critical peak rebate rates, peak time rebate rates, variable peak pricing rates, real time pricing, and hourly pricing.
A system including measurement devices and a communication network, public and/or private, that measure and record usage data at hourly intervals or more frequently, and provide usage data to both consumers and energy companies at least once daily. Data are used for billing and other purposes. Advanced meters include basic hourly interval meters, meters with one-way communication, and real-time meters with built-in two-way communication capable of recording and transmitting instantaneous data.
Yes, that is a demand response program.
Yes, please. It shouldn't take long to fill out.
We would appreciate your entity's best estimate based on available information. You may wish to consult others in your organization to develop an estimate. It could be based on the average residential customer contribution to the system peak demand for 2011, or some other estimate. You may describe how you made the estimate in comment fields on the FERC-731 form.
Yes. If you sponsor demand response programs for your members, you will need to coordinate with your associated distribution utilities to make sure only one entity reports the demand response program. Each program should be reported only once and should be reported by the entity with the best information.
Yes, you may print out the form and fill it in by hand. You can print or copy as many pages as you need for the number of programs you sponsor. Before you print the form, turn off the field highlighting (the red boxes around some of the data fields) by clicking the Highlight Fields button at the top right of the screen. Please mail the completed form to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ATTN: Office of Energy Policy and Innovation FERC-731, 888 First St. N.E., Washington DC 20426.
Please enter the new contact information on the FERC-731 survey form that you submit.
The Entity ID number is your EIA number (a unique identification number assigned by the Energy Information Administration to companies and entities who operate in the electric power industry and who respond to the EIA-861 form.) If your entity has an EIA ID number, FERC included it as your Entity ID number in the email that was sent to you. If your entity doesn't file EIA-861, FERC included an Entity ID number in the email that is a six digit number beginning with “9”. If you're not sure what your Entity ID number is, please call 1-888-595-9617.
Please call us at 1-888-595-9617 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. That will allow us to look up the name of your company on the list of companies to whom we sent the survey. If your company is on our list, someone else in your company may have gotten the email. We'll let you know who that person is. If we do not find your name on the list of companies, providing us with the following information about you and your company will help us determine if your company is eligible to participate:
Call back number
Description of company business activities
To participate in the survey, your business must generate, transmit, or distribute electricity or sponsor demand response programs. Your company will not be able to participate if it sells only to electric utilities or demand response providers and does not generate, transmit, or distribute electricity or sponsor demand response programs. If your business is a utility that is active in the water or natural gas market segments, or both, but is not active in the electric segment, your business is not eligible to participate. Retail customers are not eligible to participate or respond to the survey.
Please fill out as much of the form as you can without revealing proprietary information. We encourage you to use one of the comment sections in the survey to note your concern(s) about reporting proprietary information and its effect on your participation in our survey.
Yes. Your company may have already provided information on advanced metering and demand-side management to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on their Form 861 or Form 826. FERC-731 is a separate data collection and is not part of the EIA surveys. Nevertheless, the data on advanced metering in FERC-731 closely tracks the data collected on EIA Forms 861. In most cases, the advanced metering data submitted to EIA can be entered into the appropriate locations on FERC-731. The information on demand response requested in FERC-731 is different and more granular than the data EIA collects on demand-side management.
Yes. The NERC DADS survey is a very comprehensive data collection effort that will measure demand response capability and availability. FERC does not have access to the DADS survey. In addition, the current phase of the DADS survey only collects information on a portion of demand response programs – dispatchable demand response. Along with information on dispatchable demand response, FERC-731 also collects information on demand-bidding and time-based rates. Nevertheless, several of the key demand response items requested on the FERC-731 form match the information collected on DADS. Please call the help line for more information: 1-888-595-9617.
A megawatt-hour (MWh) is a unit of energy and a megawatt (MW) is a unit of power (the rate of energy use at a single point in time.) MWh (or Kilowatt-hour [kWh], equal to one one-thousandth of a MWh) is used to express how much electrical energy a customer consumes during some time period: an hour, day or month, for example. MW is used to express power generating capacity or customer demand. Demand is how much electricity is needed at any given point in time to fully meet a customer(s) needs. Thus, if a customer's demand is a constant 2 MW for three hours, the customer consumes 6 MWh.
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