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National Energy Awareness Month: October 2021

Release Number CB21-SFS.132
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From the U.S. Energy Information Administration, TODAY IN ENERGY - July 1, 2021 - Nonfossil fuel sources accounted for 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2020

“Primary energy consumption totaled 93 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in the United States in 2020, or 7 quads less than in 2019. Fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—accounted for 79% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020. About 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2020 came from nonfossil fuel sources such as renewables and nuclear—the highest share since the early 1900s, according to data in our Monthly Energy Review.

“During 2020, responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic factors significantly reduced energy use in the United States. The 7 quad decline in U.S. energy consumption last year was the largest annual decrease on record. Almost all of this decline came from less consumption of fossil fuels, especially petroleum used for transportation and coal used for electricity generation. In 2020, U.S. fossil fuel energy consumption, totaling 73 quads, was at its lowest level since 1991.”

Key Stats

  • NAICS 2211, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • NAICS 22111, Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221111, Hydroelectric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221112, Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221113, Nuclear Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221114, Solar Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221115, Wind Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221116, Geothermal Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221117, Biomass Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 221118, Other Electric Power Generation
  • NAICS 22112, Electric Power Transmission, Control, and Distribution
  • NAICS 221121, Electric Bulk Power Transmission and Control
  • NAICS 221122, Electric Power Distribution
  • NAICS 2212, Natural Gas Distribution
  • NAICS 2371, Utility System Construction
  • NAICS 23712, Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction
  • NAICS 23713, Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
  • NAICS 3334, Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 335, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3351, Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3352, Household Appliance Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3353, Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3359, Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
  • NAICS 33591, Battery Manufacturing

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More Stats


Source: Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) (2000-2021).


Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) (2010-2021).


Source: 2019 and 2018 Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM).

  • NAICS 3334, Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3336, Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 335, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3351, Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3352, Household Appliance Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3353, Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • NAICS 3359, Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing

  • NAICS 2211, Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • NAICS 2212, Natural Gas Distribution


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