WASHINGTON--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has discovered that electricity use in the U.S. manufacturing sector has declined in recent years, reports DailyEnergyInsider.com. The EIA found, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census Annual Survey of Manufacturers, that many manufacturers generate their own electricity in addition to pulling directly from the electric grid.
From 2006 through 2016, the manufacturing sector purchased 87 to 89 percent of their electricity from the grid and generated the remaining 11 to 13 percent on site. In 2016, the manufacturing sector generated 110 million megawatt hours of electricity. Roughly 97 percent of this electricity came from five manufacturing groups: chemicals, paper, petroleum and coal, primary metals and food.