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  • United States Total Energy Consumption By Mode Of Transportation Data 1960-2015
  • United States Energy Utilization By Mode Of Transportation Data 1960-2015
  • United States Total Energy Consumption In Transportation By Type Of Energy 1960-2016
  • United States Energy Utilization by Type Of Energy In Transportation 1960-2016


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  • Energy Consumption US
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  • Mode Of Transportation
  • Gasoline Demand

Energy Consumption By Mode Of Transportation And Type Of Energy

The dataset gives information on the total energy consumption in different modes of transportation by type of energy. It is important to mention that the data for 2007-2013 are based on new categories and are not comparable to previous years.

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The different types of energy sources or fuels include petroleum products, which include crude oil and petroleum liquids that result from natural gas processing, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, residual fuel oil, and propane. Biofuels are also included such as ethanol and biodiesel, and it also has information on natural gas and electricity that are also other types of energy sources they use. The United States is a highly developed and industrialized society. Americans use a lot of energy in homes, in businesses, and in industry. Americans also use energy for personal travel and for transporting goods. There are five energy consuming sectors:

1. The industrial sector includes facilities and equipment used for manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and construction.

2. The transportation sector includes vehicles that transport people or goods, such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains, aircraft, boats, barges, and ships.

3. The residential sector consists of homes and apartments.

4. The commercial sector includes offices, malls, stores, schools, hospitals, hotels, warehouses, restaurants, and places of worship and public assembly.

5. The electric power sector consumes primary energy to generate most of the electricity consumed by the other four sectors.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that cars, light trucks, and motorcycles use the largest share of the total energy consumed for transportation in the United States. Cars, vans, and buses are commonly used to transport people. Trucks, airplanes, and trains are used to move people and freight. Barges and pipelines move freight or bulk quantities of materials. Estimates of shares of total U.S. transportation energy use by types or modes of transportation in 2016 says Light-duty vehicles (cars, small trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles) and motorcycles to 56%, Large trucks to 23%, Jets, planes, and other aircraft to 8%, Boat, ships, and other watercraft to 4%, Trains and buses to 3%. The military, all modes to 2%, Pipelines to 2%, Lubricants to less than 1%.

U.S. gasoline consumption for transportation has increased even though overall fuel economy in cars and light trucks has improved. The national average fuel economy for light-duty vehicles, which include passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, and crossover vehicles, has improved over time mainly because of fuel economy standards the federal government established for those types of vehicles. However, total motor gasoline consumption for transportation has generally increased after fuel economy standards were set because of increases in the number of vehicles in use —especially light pickup trucks, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and crossover vehicles, which have lower fuel economy than many passenger cars—and in the number of miles traveled per vehicle. The U.S. economic recession and recovery from 2008 through 2012 and relatively high gasoline prices contributed to lower gasoline use during that period. The improving economy and decreases in gasoline prices contributed to increases in gasoline consumption since 2012.

Each sector consumes primary energy. The industrial, transportation, residential, and commercial sectors also use most of the electricity (a secondary energy source) the electric power sector produces. These sectors are called end-use sectors because they purchase or produce energy for their own consumption and not for resale. In all but 14 of the years from 1949 to 2007, energy consumption increased over the previous year. Total U.S. energy consumption reached its highest level in 2007. In 2009, this general historical trend of year-over-year increases in energy consumption changed sharply because of the economic recession. In 2009, real gross domestic product (GDP) fell 2.8% compared with 2008, and total energy consumption decreased by nearly 5%, the largest single-year decreases in both real GDP and in total energy consumption from 1949 through 2016. Decreases in energy consumption occurred in all four major end-use sectors in 2009 (residential–3%, commercial–3%, industrial–9%, and transportation–3%). Energy consumption increased by about 4% in 2010, then decreased in 2011 and in 2012. Consumption increased by about 3% in 2013 and by 1% in 2014. Consumption decreased by about 1% in 2015 and increased by less than 1% in 2016. Total U.S. energy consumption in 2016 was about 4% less than consumption in 2007. Economic growth and other factors such as weather and fuel prices can influence consumption in each sector differently.

The new category of light duty vehicle with short wheel base includes passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) equal to or less than 121 inches.

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John Snow Labs; U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics;

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Electrical Energy, Natural gas, Petroleum Products, Rail Freight, Energy Consumption US, Fuel Consumption, Mode Of Transportation, Gasoline Demand

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United States Total Energy Consumption By Mode Of Transportation Data 1960-2015, United States Energy Utilization By Mode Of Transportation Data 1960-2015, United States Total Energy Consumption In Transportation By Type Of Energy 1960-2016, United States Energy Utilization by Type Of Energy In Transportation 1960-2016

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Name Description Type Constraints
YearYear of Datadate-
Energy_Consumption_In_Air_Mode_In_Certified_Carrier_Jet_FuelTotal energy consumption in certified carrier for domestic operations aloneintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Air_Mode_In_Aviation_GasolineTotal energy consumption of aviation gasolineintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Air_Mode_In_General_Aviation_Jet_FuelTotal energy consumption in general aviation includes fuel used in air taxi operations, but not commuter operationsintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Highway_Light_Vehicle_Short_Wheelbase_MotorcycleEnergy consumption in the highway for light-duty vehicle with short wheelbaseintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Highway_Mode_In_Light_Vehicle_Long_WheelbaseEnergy consumption in the highway for light-duty vehicle with long wheelbaseintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_Highway_Mode_Single_Unit_2Axle_6_Tyre_Or_More_TruckEnergy consumption in the highway for single unit 2 axle 6 tyre or more truck; 1965 data includes other 2-axle 4-tyre vehiclesintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Highway_Mode_In_Combination_TruckEnergy consumption in highway combinationintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Highway_Mode_In_BusEnergy consumption in highway for busintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Transit_Mode_In_ElectricityEnergy consumption in transit mode for electricity; the data from 1997-2013 are not comparable to data before 1997 due to different sources and prior to 1984, excludes commuter rail, automated guideway, ferryboat, demand responsive vehicles, and most rural and smaller systemsintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Motor_Fuel_Mode_In_DieselEnergy consumption in mototr fuel mode for diesel; diesel includes Diesel and Bio-Dieselintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_Motor_Fuel_Mode_Gasoline_And_Other_Nondiesel_FuelEnergy consumption in Gasoline and all other nondiesel fuels include Gasoline, Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Methane, Ethanol, Bunker Fuel, Kerosene, Grain Additive, and Other Fuelintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Motor_Fuel_Mode_In_Compressed_Natural_GasEnergy consumption in motor fuel mode of transport for natural gasintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_Rail_Class1_Freight_Mode_In_Distillate_Diesel_FuelEnergy consumption in rail freight mode for distillate diesel fuelintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Amtrak_Mode_In_ElectricityEnergy consumption in Amtrak mode of transport for electricityintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Amtrak_Mode_In_Distillate_Or_Diesel_FuelEnergy consumption in Amtrak mode of transport for electricityintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Water_Mode_In_Residual_Fuel_OilEnergy consumption in water mode of transport for residual fuel oilintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Water_Mode_In_Distillate_Or_Diesel_Fuel_OilEnergy consumption in water mode of transport for distillate or diesel fuel oilintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Water_Mode_In_GasolineEnergy consumption in water mode of transport for gasolineintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_In_Pipeline_Mode_In_Natural_GasEnergy consumption in pipeline mode for natural gasintegerlevel : Ratio
Energy_Consumption_Across_All_SectorsTotal energy consumption across all sectorsnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorTotal energy consumption in the transportation sector; sum of primary consumption, electricity, and electrical system energy losses categoriesnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Percent_Of_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorPercent of energy consumption in transportation sectornumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Primary_Energy_As_Biomass_Natural_Gas_PetroleumTotal primary energy in transportation sector as sum of biomass, natural gas, and petroleum categoriesnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Coal_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorTotal coal energy consumed for transportation sectornumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Coal_Energy_Consumed_Transportation_Sector_In_Million_Short_TonsTotal coal energy in transportation sector in million short tons; beginning from 1980, small amounts of coal consumed for transportation are included in industrial sector consumptionnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Natural_Gas_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorTotal natural gas energy in transportation sector consumed in the operation of pipelines, primarily in compressors, and small amounts consumed as vehicle fuelnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Natural_Gas_Conusmed_In_Transportation_Sector_Trillion_Cubic_FtTotal natural gas energy in transportation sector in trillion cubic feetnumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Petroleum_Products_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorTotal petroleum products energy consumed in transportation sector which includes most nonutility use of fossil fuels to produce electricity and small amounts (about 0.1 quadrillion British thermal unit per year since 1990) of renewable energy in the form of ethanol blended into motor gasolinenumberlevel : Ratio
Total_Petroleum_Consumption_Transportation_Sector_In_Million_BarrelsTotal petroleum products energy consumed in transportation sector in million barrelsintegerlevel : Ratio
Total_Electrical_Energy_Consumption_In_Transportation_SectorTotal electrical energy consumed in transportation sectornumberlevel : Ratio
Electrical_System_Energy_LossesTotal electrical energy losses incurred in transportation sector; includes the losses incurred in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity plus plant use and unaccounted for electrical system energy lossesnumberlevel : Ratio

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YearEnergy Consumption In Air Mode In Certified Carrier Jet FuelEnergy Consumption In Air Mode In Aviation GasolineEnergy Consumption In Air Mode In General Aviation Jet FuelEnergy Consumption In Highway Light Vehicle Short Wheelbase MotorcycleEnergy Consumption In Highway Mode In Light Vehicle Long WheelbaseEnergy Consumption Highway Mode Single Unit 2Axle 6 Tyre Or More TruckEnergy Consumption In Highway Mode In Combination TruckEnergy Consumption In Highway Mode In BusEnergy Consumption In Transit Mode In ElectricityEnergy Consumption In Motor Fuel Mode In DieselEnergy Consumption Motor Fuel Mode Gasoline And Other Nondiesel FuelEnergy Consumption In Motor Fuel Mode In Compressed Natural GasEnergy Consumption Rail Class1 Freight Mode In Distillate Diesel FuelEnergy Consumption In Amtrak Mode In ElectricityEnergy Consumption In Amtrak Mode In Distillate Or Diesel FuelEnergy Consumption In Water Mode In Residual Fuel OilEnergy Consumption In Water Mode In Distillate Or Diesel Fuel OilEnergy Consumption In Water Mode In GasolineEnergy Consumption In Pipeline Mode In Natural GasEnergy Consumption Across All SectorsTotal Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorTotal Percent Of Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorTotal Primary Energy As Biomass Natural Gas PetroleumTotal Coal Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorTotal Coal Energy Consumed Transportation Sector In Million Short TonsTotal Natural Gas Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorTotal Natural Gas Conusmed In Transportation Sector Trillion Cubic FtTotal Petroleum Products Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorTotal Petroleum Consumption Transportation Sector In Million BarrelsTotal Electrical Energy Consumption In Transportation SectorElectrical System Energy Losses