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U.S. Manufacturers’ Short-Term Capability to Switch Fuels Declining

Some manufacturing plants can take advantage of relative price differences and cope with supply shortages by switching the fuels used in their furnaces, boilers, ovens, and other combustors. In the U.S., the capability of the manufacturing sector to switch the fuels it uses has declined in recent decades, as described in a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Among the most commonly substitutable fuels used in U.S. manufacturing, the amount that could readily be switched in less than 30 days dropped from 24% in 1994 to 10% in 2014. Reduced fuel-switching capabilities leave manufacturers less able to respond to changes in regulations and market conditions. 

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