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Information for Respondents

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Overview

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of Department of Energy sponsors the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) to provide detailed data on energy consumption in the manufacturing sector.

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Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at https://portal.census.gov
  2. Add your authentication code
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please log-in to your Census Bureau account at https://portal.census.gov and send us a secure message or call the customer help line at 1-800-528-3049, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information.
  6. Please visit How-To Videos for information on Logging into the Respondent portal, via your Census Bureau account, and other information on using the online reporting instrument

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Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate survey questions and instructions (if applicable) below. (All surveys are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)

Letters

pdf   Initial Letter   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   1st Follow-up   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   2nd Follow-up   [<1.0 MB]
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Authority

Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Sections 131 and 182, require businesses and other organizations included in the survey to answer the questions and submit a response.

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Confidentiality

Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.  The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution.  Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

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Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "census.gov" domain.
  2. Reporting information is provided in the letter.
  3. On the log-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. Additionally, the upper right corner of the page should display the OMB eight-digit number and expiration date. This number indicates that the OMB has approved the survey and has confirmed there is a need to collect the information.

The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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