The data in the February 15, 2018 release include preliminary estimates of industrial capacity for 2018. Measured from fourth quarter to fourth quarter, total industrial capacity is projected to rise 2.3 percent this year after increasing 1.1 percent in 2017. Manufacturing capacity is expected to advance 1.5 percent in 2018, somewhat faster than the 0.7 percent pace in 2017. Capacity in the mining sector is estimated to rise 6.3 percent in 2018 following a smaller increase of 2.7 percent in 2017. Capacity at electric and natural gas utilities is projected to increase 2.5 percent in 2018 after moving up 0.7 percent in 2017.