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Diagrams and chart based on data from April 2017 Monthly Energy Review

The energy flow diagrams for total energy, petroleum, natural gas, coal, and electricity and the sources-and-sectors chart were released on May 2, 2017. The diagrams show U.S. production and consumption of energy by source. The chart shows the share of each primary source of energy (petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy) that is consumed by each consuming sector (transportation, industrial, residential and commercial, and electric power).

The five diagrams show that in 2016:

  • Domestic production of energy was 84 quadrillion Btu, accounting for 75% of total U.S. energy supply.

  • Close to 39 quadrillion Btu of energy was used to generate 15 quadrillion Btu of electricity for consumption; conversion losses during generation accounted for the remainder.

  • Gross withdrawals of natural gas from shale gas wells totaled 15 trillion cubic feet, which made up 47% of total gross natural gas withdrawals.

  • Motor gasoline consumption totaled 9.3 million barrels per day, which was 48% of total U.S. petroleum consumption.

  • Coal consumption by the electric power sector totaled 677 million short tons, which was 93% of total U.S. coal consumption.

The sources-and-sectors chart shows that in 2016:

  • U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 97 quadrillion Btu.

  • The transportation sector accounted for 71% of primary petroleum consumption and obtained 92% of its primary energy from petroleum.

  • The industrial sector accounted for 34% of primary natural gas consumption, 23% of primary petroleum consumption, and 23% of primary renewable energy consumption; it obtained 45% of its primary energy from natural gas, 38% from petroleum, and 11 percent from renewable energy.

  • Together, the residential and commercial sectors accounted for 27% of primary natural gas consumption and obtained 74% of their primary energy from natural gas.

  • The electric power sector accounted for 100% of primary nuclear power consumption, 91% of primary coal consumption, and 55% of primary renewable energy consumption.

The diagrams and chart are based on data from the April 2017 Monthly Energy Review (MER).
The MER provides monthly and annual data on total energy production, consumption, stocks, trade, prices, and emissions; overviews of U.S. petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as international petroleum; and data unit conversions.

Alex Sun