The Energy Department has delayed announcement of its own "best qualified list" of states for the multibillion dollar super collider scientific research project, officials said. The department, which is reviewing a report from a special scientific panel that recommended eight sites in late December, had been expected to announce its short list for the superconducting super collider today. But department spokesman Jeff Sherwood said the announcement had been delayed until Jan. 19. He denied that political pressure to expand the list to ensure broader congressional support had caused the delay. Sherwood said the delay stemmed from a number of factors, including last week's snowstorms, continued deliberations on the fiscal 1989 budget, and the department's ongoing review of the report by a panel from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.