Net Imports of Energy Lowest in 2 Decades

April 4, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

EIA Energy Manage

A large drop in energy imports together with a small increase in energy exports led to a 19 percent decrease in net energy imports from 2012 to 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Total energy imports declined 9 percent from 2012 to 2013. Crude oil production grew 15 percent, about the same pace as in 2012, which led imports of crude oil to decrease by 12 percent, accounting for much of the overall decline in imports.

Total US primary energy consumption increased 2.4 percent after declining in 2011 and 2012, with renewable energy providing the largest percentage increase. Primary energy consumption increased in all end-use sectors. Residential sector consumption increased the most, and transportation sector consumption increased the least.

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