Formatting Reports & Writing Style
For Consultants to the California Energy Commission

This page is sent up to assist contractors and consultants to the California Energy Commission in preparing "consultant reports."

The second edition of our style manual for consultant reports, which explains our required report format, is now available from this page. Reports that were written prior to March 1, 2010, should follow the first edition (2008) of the style manual. Reports written and submitted to the Energy Commission after March 1, 2010, should follow this second edition. See section below for information about the major changes in the second edition.

If you have additional questions regarding the report format, please contact your contract manager at the Energy Commission or the Commission's Media and Public Communications Office:

Media and Public Communications Office
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-29
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please Note: Consultants and contractors should not contact the news media or do any public relations regarding the results and conclusions of their investigations, or about their reports or documents. Please contact Assistant Executive Director at 916-654-4989.

Download Style Manual and Templates for Consultant Reports

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Style Manual (Second Edition) for Preparing Contract and Consultant Reports for the California Energy Commission
Publication # CEC-180-2010-002. Published February 2010.
(PDF file, 75 pages, 588 kilobytes)

Document Template for Consultant Reports (Posted: 12/4/2015, MS Word, 2.3 mb)

Report Cover and Credits Page Template for Consultant Reports (Posted: 12/4/2015, MS Word, 2 pages, 411 kb)


Use the ARFVTP Final Report Template for Final Project Reports for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. (Posted 2/2/2015, MS Word, 2.2 MB)

Major Updates Since Last Edition

There have been some major and minor changes throughout the style manual for consultant reports, correcting errors and mistakes. The following are the main updates that have changed since the last edition.