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March 08, 2006

DOE Conducts Energy Assessments at Six Industrial Plants

DOE launched Energy Saving Assessments at six industrial plants in early March, including a refinery in New Jersey; a tire plant and a steel mill in Tennessee; a Texas paper mill; and a paper mill and a printer in Wisconsin. 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 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Union City, Tennessee; the Bekaert Steel Wire Corporation facility in Dyersburg, Tennessee, where steel wire products are manufactured; MeadWestvaco Corporation's bleached paperboard facility in Evadale, Texas; SCA Tissue's de-inking and recycling tissue mill in Menasha, Wisconsin, where 400,000 tons of wastepaper is converted into 240,000 tons of tissue each year; and the 1.5-million-square-foot Quad/Graphics plant in Sussex, Wisconsin, where a number of popular magazines are printed. See the DOE press releases on the visits to Valero, Goodyear, Bekaert Steel, MeadWestvaco, SCA Tissue, and Quad/Graphics.