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February 15, 2006

DOE Conducts Energy Assessments at Four Industrial Facilities

DOE conducted an industrial Energy Saving Assessment in early February at a combined heat and power (CHP) facility in Alsip, Illinois, southwest of Chicago, and is preparing to carry out three-day assessments at the Lubrizol Corporation's chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas; at a Boise Cascade paper mill in International Falls, Minnesota; and at the Superior Industries International Inc. facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Through its free 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. EERE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 28 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 of the most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005.

The energy assessment in early February was carried out at the Alsip Paper Condominium Association, a CHP facility producing steam and 8.3 megawatts of power for adjacent paper mills operated by Madison Paper Company and SCA Tissue. CHP facilities are an efficient means of producing both power and steam for industrial plants. The upcoming energy assessment in Texas is at Lubrizol's largest plant and the largest additive manufacturing facility in the world. It manufactures motor oil additives and other products. The Boise Cascade facility features four paper machines that together produce about 1,500 tons of paper per day. And finally, the Superior Industries plant manufactures aluminum wheels and other aluminum components for the auto industry. See the DOE press releases about the energy assessments at Alsip, Lubrizol, Boise Cascade, and Superior Industries.

EERE'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. EERE recently announced that all 200 manufacturing facilities have been selected, and together they represent 15 percent of the industrial natural gas consumption in the United States. See the February 1st edition of the "EERE Progress Alerts" and the list of the 200 manufacturing facilities on EERE's "Save Energy Now" Web site.