The data in the February 15, 2017 release include preliminary estimates of industrial capacity for 2017. Measured from fourth quarter to fourth quarter, total industrial capacity is projected to rise 1.3 percent this year after increasing 0.4 percent in 2016. Manufacturing capacity is expected to advance 1.1 percent in 2017, somewhat faster than the 0.7 percent pace in 2016. Capacity in the mining sector is estimated to rise 0.9 percent in 2017 after falling 3.4 percent in 2016. Capacity at electric and natural gas utilities is projected to increase 0.8 percent, about the same rate as in the three previous years.