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DOE Completes 200 Industrial Energy Savings Assessments
DOE announced on March 2nd that it has reached its goal of conducting 200 Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs) at the nation's most energy-intensive industrial facilities. The assessments completed over the last twelve months have identified opportunities to save more than 50 trillion Btu of natural gas, the amount used by 725,000 average U.S. homes. If implemented, the improvements could save almost half a billion dollars per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.3 million metric tons annually. The ESAs are part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign, launched in October 2005. See the DOE press release and see the results of the assessments on the Save Energy Now Web site.
The free three-day assessments, which primarily focus on steam and process heating systems, typically identify savings that equal five to 15 percent of a plant's total energy use. DOE plans to conduct 250 Energy Savings Assessments in 2007 and continue offering cost-sharing options with industry, utilities, and other partners. Facilities interested in being considered for an Energy Saving Assessment can apply online on the Save Energy Now Web site.