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DOE Conducts Energy Assessments at Three Industrial Plants
DOE launched Energy Saving Assessments at three industrial plants on March 7th, including a refinery in New Jersey, a steel mill in Tennessee, and a Texas paper mill. Through its free energy assessments, DOE is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems. DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 29 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 U.S. manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first nine Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $28 million per year in potential energy cost savings that could reduce natural gas consumption by more than three trillion Btu per year.
DOE's Energy Saving Teams were sent to the Valero Energy Corporation's refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey, where 184,000 barrels of petroleum products are produced each day; the Bekaert Steel Wire Corporation facility in Dyersburg, Tennessee, where steel wire products are manufactured; and MeadWestvaco Corporation's bleached paperboard facility in Evadale, Texas. See the DOE press releases on the visits to New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas.