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May 17, 2006

DOE Conducts Energy Assessments at Alabama Industrial Plants

In mid-May, DOE announced plans to launch industrial Energy Saving Assessments at two industrial plants in Alabama: a Wolverine Tube Inc. facility in Decatur and a UOP LLC manufacturing plant in Mobile. The Decatur plant manufactures copper tubing for the plumbing, air conditioning, and heat transfer industries. The Mobile plant produces catalysts and zeolites for the refining, petrochemical, and consumer products industries. Zeolites, also known as molecular sieves, are porous crystals that can absorb some molecules while rejecting others. They are mainly used for separating chemicals and drying and purifying liquids and gases. See the DOE press releases on the plant visits in Decatur and Mobile and UOP's descriptions of its manufacturing plants and its zeolite products.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 33 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 energy-intensive manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. DOE's free three-day energy assessments are helping major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems used at the plants. The first 44 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $149.3 million per year in potential energy savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by nearly 14.8 trillion Btu per year, which is more than the natural gas consumed by 200,000 homes. See the results of many of these industrial Energy Saving Assessments on the "Save Energy Now" Web site, provided by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program.

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