Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act & Order Revising Petroleum Industry Reporting Requirements

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What is the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act (PIIRA)?

Enacted in 1980, PIIRA requires qualifying petroleum industry companies to submit weekly, monthly, and annual data to the California Energy Commission. Data collection began in 1982. In 2006, the PIIRA regulations were amended to increase the frequency and level of detail in the information reported by the industry. The requirements to increase the frequency and level of detail were added by legislation enacted in 2000 and 2003.

The Legislature enacted PIIRA because:

  • The petroleum industry is an essential element of the California economy and is therefore of vital importance to the health and welfare of all Californians.
  • A complete and thorough understanding of the operation of the petroleum industry is required by state government to enable it to respond to possible shortages or other disruptions.
  • Information and data concerning all aspects of the petroleum industry are essential for the state to develop and administer energy policies in the interest of the state's economy and the public's well-being.

Analysis of data collected under PIIRA is an important part of the Energy Commission's responsibility to create a complete and thorough understanding of the operations of the petroleum industry in California.


Who is Required to Report under PIIRA?

The reports required by PIIRA are filed by businesses that ship, receive, store, process, and sell crude oil and petroleum products in California (petroleum products include gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and blending components). The types of companies required to file PIIRA reports are defined in this chart:

Who Files PIIRA Reports?
Type of Company Volume threshold in any one month of the current year or in any one month of the previous calendar year
Petroleum Exporters Exports at least 20,000 barrels of any petroleum product (including crude oil).
Petroleum Importers Imports more than 20,000 barrels of any petroleum product (including crude oil) or imports more than 5,000 gallons of a non-California fuel delivered to a retail or storage site in California by tanker trucks.
Major Crude Oil Producers Produces at least 20,000 barrels of crude oil.
Major Crude Oil Transporters Transports at least 20,000 barrels of crude oil.
Major Petroleum Products Marketers Sells 20,000 barrels or more of petroleum products, excluding sales to service stations or truck stops.
Major Petroleum Products Storers Stores more than 50,000 barrels of any petroleum product (including crude oil).
Major Petroleum Products Transporters Transports more than 20,000 barrels.
Marine Fuels Distributor Distributes at least 20,000 barrels.
Non-California Fuel Transporters Transports 5,000 gallons or more of petroleum fuels that do not meet CARB regulations to retail locations in California.
Refiners All, no volume limit.
Retail Fuel Outlet All, no volume limit.

Each type of company must file one or more reporting forms to the Energy Commission on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Some of these companies must also submit copies of certain forms they submit to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). Refineries are required to send copies of their weekly EIA-800 and monthly EIA-810 Refinery Reports to the Energy Commission. Major marketers who currently file the monthly EIA-782B report are required to submit a CEC-782B to the Energy Commission.

The Retail Fuel Outlet Survey (CEC A15) form must be filed annually by each retail fuel outlet in California.

To determine if your company fits into one or more of these categories and which forms you are required to submit, please contact the PIIRA staff at the Energy Commission at piira@energy.ca.gov or by contacting a Commission staff person at the numbers below.


Confidential Information

The Energy Commission holds confidential the data reported by individual companies under PIIRA. The Energy Commission aggregates the data to ensure confidentiality of information about individual companies. The aggregated information is published in a variety of Energy Commission reports that address crude oil and petroleum product issues that affect California.


Where to Direct Inquiries and Submit Completed Forms

PIIRA reports are sent via email to piira@energy.ca.gov

If you have any questions regarding PIIRA, please call the Petroleum Reporting Unit:

Alan Mattes: 916-654-4554
Alex Wong: 916-651-0484
Cam-Giang Nguyen: 916-654-4161
Gerald Zipay: 916- 651-3001

Members of the news media should contact the Media and Public Communications Office at 916-654-4989.


When to Submit Completed Forms

Weekly reports are due no later than the fifth (5th) day following the close of the report period.

Monthly reports are due no later than the thirtieth (30th) day following the close of the report period.

Annual reports are due no later than February 15 of each year.


Forms and Instructions

PIIRA reporting forms and instructions are available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/piira/forms_instructions/

Federal EIA forms and instructions are available at the EIA web site at: www.eia.doe.gov/oss/forms.html


If you have any questions, please contact the Energy Commission's Petroleum Reporting Unit at the phone numbers listed above, via e-mail at: piira@energy.ca.gov, or by U.S. Mail or FAX at:

PIIRA Data Collection Unit Supervisor
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS #41
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-654-4753