Dear [Utility] Business Customer,
The California Energy Commission, in cooperation with the [Utility], is conducting a major survey of the ways in which commercial customers use energy. This study, known as the California Commercial End-Use Survey (CEUS), will be used to support the Energy Commission’s efforts to forecast future energy needs and to ensure that these needs are met in a prudent manner.
As a central part of the study, ADM Associates Inc. (ADM) has been retained to conduct an on-site survey of commercial establishments in the [Utility] service area. The survey will be used to collect information on commercial building activity characteristics.
In order to construct a useful, diverse sample set of buildings for the study, your organization has been randomly selected by ADM as a participant in the study. ADM will contact you to arrange a brief survey. You are not required to participate in the survey. The survey will have two parts:
- A brief interview with someone from your organization who is knowledgeable about energy use at the survey-site; and
- A physical inspection of the facility.
One of the main purposes of the study is to characterize electric and gas energy usage per square foot of commercial floor space. If you participate in the survey, [Utility] will provide information on your recent energy usage history to the study team (the California Energy Commission and its contractors for the CEUS survey), solely for the purpose of tabulating kilowatt-hours or therms per square foot by business types. This information and the information collected during the survey will be kept confidential in accordance with applicable law and the privacy policies of [Utility]. The California Energy Commission and its contractors will not release energy usage information to anyone in a form that could allow the identification of any business, individual, or facility.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call ADM’s CEUS Dedicated Call Center at 1-(916)-529-4443 or the California Energy Commission CEUS contact number at 1-(800)-858-0784. You may also find additional information regarding this survey on the web at www.admenergy.com/ceus or http://www.energy.ca.gov/ceus/. Thank you for considering our request to participate in this valuable research.
California Energy Commission