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January 25, 2006

DOE to Conduct Energy Assessments at Dairy and Aluminum Plants

DOE has announced two upcoming Industrial Energy Saving Assessments: one at the Ohio Valley Aluminum plant in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and one at the Land O' Lakes Dairy Foods plant in Tulare, California. The Tulare plant is the nation's largest dairy processing facility, while the Ohio Valley Aluminum Company (OVACO) is a major producer of aluminum billets, which companies can extrude to form rails and other products. Through its free three-day energy assessments, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify opportunities to save energy and money, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems. See the OVACO Web site and the DOE press releases on the aluminum plant and the dairy processing plant.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams are visiting large federal facilities and 200 of the country's most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched last October. DOE's first six Industrial Energy Saving Assessments identified a total of $10 million per year in potential energy cost savings. On average, the suggested energy-saving improvements at the six industrial plants would reduce their natural gas consumption by 6.7 percent. See the "Easy Ways to Save Energy" Web site.

According to a recent "EERE Progress Alert," DOE had selected 65 manufacturing plants for Industrial Energy Saving Assessments as of January 4th. The plants are among the largest energy users in the nation, consuming a total of nearly 527 trillion Btu annually, including 327 trillion Btu from natural gas, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of natural gas used in 4 million U.S. homes. The 65 plants represent many manufacturing sectors, including: aerospace, aluminum, chemicals, electronics, food processing, forest products, glass, metal casting, and steel. For the full list of industrial plants, see the January 4th edition of the "EERE Progress Alerts."