The industrial sector consists of manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, and forestry organizations. Energy used by this sector to transport products to market or inputs to the organizations is included in the transportation sector.
For the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, a net total or net energy consumption (less electrical system energy losses) is provided to indicate the energy actually consumed by these sectors. In addition, energy consumed in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity (electrical system energy losses) is allocated to each sector based on the electricity consumed by the sector. Thus, total energy consumption represents the energy consumed by the sector as well as that used to provide electricity to the sector.
Between 2014 and 2015, industrial sector net energy use decreased 2.1 percent to 288.5 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Total energy consumption attributed to the industrial sector in 2015 was 366.9 trillion Btu, an increase of 1.3 percent from 2014. Renewable energy use increased 5.6 percent, petroleum use increased 4.8 percent, and natural gas use increased 0.2 percent. Coal use decreased 3.6 percent, and electricity use decreased 0.1 percent from 2014. Renewable energy consumption was comprised of biofuels, solar, and wood and waste.
In 2015, almost all (93.0%) of the industrial sector energy needs were met by renewable energy (35.2 percent), natural gas (31.4 percent), petroleum products (13.1 percent), and electricity (12.6 percent). Seven–and–three–tenths percent (7.3%) of the energy consumed in the industrial sector was coal. The majority of the petroleum products consumed by the industrial sector were diesel fuel (71.5 percent of petroleum products), asphalt and road oil (17.1 percent), motor gasoline (9.0 percent), and propane (5.6 percent); the rest of the products each comprised less than two percent of petroleum products.
Other petroleum products include sixteen (16) separate products, all of which are assigned to the industrial sector. The sixteen products are: aviation gasoline blending components; crude oil; motor gasoline blending components; natural gasoline, including isopentane; pentanes plus; petrochemical feedstocks, naphtha; petrochemical feedstocks, other oils; petrochemical feedstocks, still gas; petroleum coke; plant condensate; special naphthas; still gas; unfinished oils; unfractionated streams; waxes; and miscellaneous. Miscellaneous products vary from inexpensive (absorption oils similar to kerosene) to very expensive (hydraulic fluids) products. The greater part of the miscellaneous product line consists of finished petrochemicals, especially the aromatic hydrocarbons: benzene, toluene, and the xylenes.