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December 15, 2010

DOE Names First Companies to Earn Industrial Energy Efficiency Certification

DOE announced on December 9 the first industrial plants in the country to be certified under the Superior Energy Performance program, a new market-based industrial energy efficiency program. The energy management certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and it will serve as a roadmap for industrial facilities to help continually improve their efficiency and maintain market competitiveness. The industrial and manufacturing sectors, which account for roughly one-third of energy use in the United States, include significant opportunities to improve the overall efficiency of their operations. By reducing the energy consumption for their industrial processes, companies can save money, save energy, and help create new clean energy jobs.

Companies receiving the awards were Cook Composites and Polymers Co., Freescale Semiconductor Inc., and Owens Corning. All three were certified in the Superior Energy Performance program's pilot, which began in May 2008 as a partnership between DOE and Texas Industries of the Future, located at the University of Texas at Austin. A series of additional energy management demonstration projects are now underway in other regions around the country to further test the Superior Energy Performance program, which is aimed at helping to make it possible for companies to conform to the upcoming International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 energy management system standard. ISO, the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards, identified energy management as a priority for its significant potential to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Based on broad applicability across national economic sectors, the ISO 50001 standard could eventually influence up to 60% of the world's energy demand.

The Superior Energy Performance program, which is led by the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing with support from DOE, is already serving as the basis for the Global Superior Energy Performance initiative, a multi-country effort to create and harmonize nationally accredited energy performance certification programs. See the DOE press release, the Superior Energy Performance program Web site, and DOE's Industrial Technologies Program Web site.