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CHICAGO—The US Energy Information Administration recently released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012 report. There, on page 81, was the comment that the industrial property sector consumes a third of the nation's total delivered energy these days, and is anticipated to report the second-largest increase in total primary energy use between 2010 and 2035.

The report projects that the share of industrial-delivered energy consumption for heat and power in the manufacturing processes will grow from 64% in 2010 to 71% in 2035. Meanwhile, heat and power consumption in non-manufacturing areas will remain flat, accounting for about 16% of total industrial energy consumption from 2010 to 2035. These statistics point to a stark reality, namely that industrial property owners and managers can expect their energy use to increase.

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