The 2017 Residential Appliance Saturation Survey (RASS) will support the Energy Commission's electricity and natural gas demand forecast through a survey of representative households to gather date on appliances, energy consuming equipment and consumption patterns. The RASS provides a historical record of the California energy landscape by which researchers can perform valuable studies that document changes in energy consuming behavior from the appliances and how improved efficiency itself leads to changing attitudes toward energy usage. This research allows for the development of better informed governmental policy as well as utility management, for estimating not only when and where energy demand occurs but also in planning for the generation and procurement of the energy to meet that demand.
The proposed project is exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, section 15306 because it involves basic data collection and research which will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environment resource. Specifically, work involves information collection through surveys and subsequent data and statistical analysis to support the Energy Commission's electricity and natural gas forecasting activities.
In addition or in the alternative, the proposed project falls under Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, section 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore the project is not subject to CEQA. Specifically, the proposed work involves no physical construction and will consist only of electronic information gathering, computer analysis, and paperwork.