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Six Subsectors Account for 87% of Manufacturing Energy Consumption

In 2018, the U.S. manufacturing sector consumed 19.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS). In 2018, six energy-intensive subsectors—chemicals, petroleum and coal products, paper, primary metals, food, and nonmetallic mineral products—consumed 16.9 quadrillion Btu, or 87% of the total energy consumed in the manufacturing sector.

MECS is a mandatory survey EIA conducts once every four years that collects information on energy consumption by type and expenditure from a sample of establishments from 21 subsectors within U.S. manufacturing. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) established these subsector definitions and categorizes manufacturing establishments according to the types of production processes they primarily use. 

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