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Energy use in the nation’s storage and warehousing sector has gone relatively unchanged in recent years, according to the most recent data available from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Large buildings, defined as buildings larger than 100,000 square feet, accounted for 55% of total warehouse electric consumption in a 2003 survey. This shrank to 47% in the most recent survey: large building consumption went unchanged and consumption in small buildings, defined here as buildings between 1,001 square feet and 10,000 square feet, grew. This growth was not statistically significant considering the survey’s error.
A drop in energy intensity was similarly not significant. This is a measure that would indicate improved efficiency if it goes down and all other variables remain constant, an EIA official told Supply Chain Dive.