Common Energy Abbreviations

The following abbreviations were provided by the Energy Information Administration’s National Energy Information Center. The Energy Information Administration is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy.

AC alternating current
AFUDC allowance for funds used during construction
AFV alternative-fuel vehicle
AGA American Gas Association
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API American Petroleum Institute
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
bbl barrel(s)
bbl/d barrel(s) per day
bcf billion cubic feet
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics within the U.S. Department of Labor
BOE barrels of oil equivalent (used internationally)
Btu British thermal unit(s)
BWR boiling-water reactor
C/gal cents per gallon
CAFE corporate average fuel economy
CARB California Air Resources Board
CDD cooling degree-days
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CF cubic foot
CFC chlorofluorocarbon
CFS cubic feet per second
ch4 Methane
CHP combined heat and power
CNG compressed natural gas
cnt cent
CO carbon monoxide
CO2 carbon dioxide
CPI consumer price index
CWIP construction work in progress
DC direct current
DOE Department of Energy
DRB demonstrated reserve base
DSM demand-side management
E85 A fuel containing a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline
E95 A fuel containing a mixture of 95 percent ethanol and 5 percent gasoline
EAR estimated additional resources
EIA Energy Information Administration
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EOR enhanced oil recovery
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPACT Energy Policy Act
EU European Union
EWG exempt wholesale generator
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board
FBR fast breeder reactor
FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FGD flue-gas desulfurization
F.O.B free on board
FPC Federal Power Commission
FRS Financial Reporting System
gal gallon
GDP gross domestic product
GNP gross national product
GVW gross vehicle weight
GW gigawatt
GWe gigawatt-electric
GWh gigawatthour
GWP global warming potential
HCFC hydrochlorofluorocarbon
HDD heating degree-days
HFC hydrofluorocarbon
HID high-intensity discharge
HTGR high temperature gas-cooled reactor
HVAC heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning
IEA International Energy Agency
IOU investor-owned utility
IPP independent power producer
ISO independent system operator
kVa kilovolt-Ampere
kW kilowatt
kWe kilowatt-electric
kWh kilowatthour
lb pound
LDC local distribution company
LEVP Low Emissions Vehicle Program
LHV lower heating value
LIHEAP Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LNG liquefied natural gas
LPG liquefied petroleum gases
LRG liquefied refinery gases
LWR light water reactor
m thousand
Mcf one thousand cubic feet
MECS Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey
MM million (106)
MMbbl/d one million (106) barrels of oil per day
MMBtu one million (106) British thermal units
MMcf one million (106) cubic feet
MMgal/ d one million (106) gallons per day
MMst one million (106) short tons
MPG miles per gallon
MSA metropolitan statistical area
MSHA Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSW municipal solid waste
MTBE methyl tertiary butyl ether
MW megawatt
MWe megawatt electric
MWh megawatthour
n2o Nitrous oxide
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NARUC National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
NERC North American Electric Reliability Council
NGL natural gas liquids
NGPA Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978
NGPL natural gas plant liquids
NGV natural gas vehicle
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOPR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NOX nitrogen oxides
NRECA National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
NUG nonutility generator
NURE National Uranium Resource Evaluation
NYMEX New York Mercantile Exchange
o3 Ozone
O&M operation and maintenance
OCS Outer Continental Shelf
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OEM original equipment manufacturers
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
OPRG oxygenated fuels program reformulated gasoline
OTEC ocean thermal energy conversion
PADD Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts
PBR pebble-bed reactor
PBR performance-based rates
PCB polychlorinated biphenyl
PFCs perfluorocarbons
PGA purchased gas adjustment
PPI Producer Price Index
PUD public utility district
PUHCA Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935
PURPA Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978
PV photovoltaic
PVC photovoltaic cell; polyvinyl chloride
PWR pressurized-water reactor
QF qualifying facility
QUAD quadrillion Btu: 1015 Btu
RAC refiners’ acquisition cost
RAR reasonable assured resources
RBOB Reformulated Gasoline Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending
RDF refuse-derived fuel
REA Rural Electrification Administration
RECS Residential Energy Consumption Survey
RFG reformulated gasoline
RSE relative standard error
RVP Reid vapor pressure
SEER seasonal energy efficiency ratio
sf6 sulfur hexafluoride
SI International System of Units (Systeme international d’unites)
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SNG synthetic natural gas
SO2 sulfur dioxide
SPP small power producer
SPR Strategic Petroleum Reserve
SR speculative resources
T trillion 1012
TVA Tennessee Valley Authority
TW Terawatt
u3o8 Uranium oxide
uf6 uranium hexaflouride
ULCC ultra large crude carrier
UMTRA Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (sometimes shortened to USCE in EIA tables)
USBR United States Bureau of Reclamation
V Volt
VAWT vertical-axis wind turbine
VIN vehicle identification number
VLCC very large crude carrier
VMT vehicle miles traveled
VOC volatile organic compound
W watt
WACOG weighted average cost of gas
Wh watt hour
WTI West Texas Intermediate

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