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Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS)

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About the Survey

1.  Who sponsors the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey?

The Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey is designed and sponsored by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the Department of Energy and is conducted by the Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

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2.  Why have a Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey?

The Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey 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 survey is the only survey providing detailed statistics on patterns of energy used in the manufacturing sector; the information collected will be used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement policy plans effectively. See Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey web site at:

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3.  Do I have to complete this survey?

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.

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4.  Are my survey responses confidential?

Yes. Under Section 9 of Title 13, U.S. Code, your report to the Census Bureau is confidential. It may be viewed only by sworn Census Bureau employees and used only for statistical purposes. The law also provides that copies retained in your files are immune from legal process.

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5.  What are the different reporting methods?

Centurion is the U.S. Census Bureau's Internet Data Collection System (IDC) that allows respondents to complete their survey electronically through the Internet. This system has been designed to provide respondents of the Census Bureau's many surveys and censuses a secure means to respond over the Internet. The system also contains additional information and special functionality to aid respondents in completing their forms such as special instructions, content specific help, file transfer capabilities, and contact information.

Downloadable Portable Document Formats (PDF's) are read-only, imaged files of the survey form. These files can be viewed and printed from the internet using a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader. However, this method requires respondents to complete the survey form by hand, and mail it back to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Standard mailing is for those establishments that do not have internet access. The survey form will be mailed to the establishment, completed by hand, and mailed back to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | BHS Team |   Last Revised: March 31, 2016 16:46:24