The MECS is sponsored by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Census Bureau acts as its collection agent.
The MECS collects data on energy consumption and usage patterns for the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. The information will be used to publish aggregate statistics on the following: consumption of energy for fuel and nonfuel uses, energy characteristics of establishments in the manufacturing sector, energy consumption by end use, technologies currently in use by U.S. manufacturers, energy prices, electricity generation onsite, fuel switching capability, and participation in energy-management activities. This information will be used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement policy plans effectively. See MECS web site at: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/mecs/
Yes. Response to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey is required by law under the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. Law No. 93-275, and under Title 3, Subtitle B, of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, Pub. Law No. 99-509, as amended by Title 1, Subtitle G, of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, Pub. Law No. 102-486. Failure to respond may result in a civil penalty of not more than $2,750 per day for each violation, or a fine of not more than $5,000 per day for each willful violation. The Government may bring a civil action to prohibit reporting violations which may result in a temporary restraining order or a preliminary or permanent injunction without bond. In such civil action, the court may also issue mandatory injunctions commanding any person to comply with these reporting requirements.
Yes. Under Section 9 of Title 13, U.S. Code, your report to the Census Bureau is confidential. It may be seen only by sworn Census Bureau employees and may be used only for statistical purposes. The law also provides that copies retained in your files are immune from legal process.