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DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Paper Mill in Oregon
DOE launched an industrial Energy Saving Assessment on March 8th at the West Linn Paper Company facility in West Linn, Oregon. 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. The West Linn paper mill features three papermaking machines that manufacture 650 tons of high quality, coated paper each day. The company is currently preparing to implement a $5 million capital improvement project for one of its paper machines to increase product quality and energy efficiency. See the DOE press release and the West Linn Paper Company Web site.
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. If implemented, these energy-saving measures will reduce natural gas consumption by more than three trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than 40,000 typical U.S. homes.