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March 29, 2006

DOE Conducts Energy Assessments at Plants in Maryland and New York

DOE launched two industrial Energy Saving Assessments in late March: one at the GORE-TEX fabrics plant, operated by W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. in Elkton, Maryland, and another at a Kraft Foods facility in Campbell, New York. The Kraft facility includes a 72,833-square-foot manufacturing plant that makes a variety of cheeses and other dairy products. 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 18 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $61 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 7 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by about 100,000 typical U.S. homes. See the DOE press releases on the Maryland and New York site visits.

New York industries such as the Kraft Foods facility could also benefit from new funding available from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The authority is offering $4 million for projects involving innovative or underutilized industrial process improvements that increase energy efficiency or reduce peak load. NYSERDA will award up to $250,000 to each demonstration project and up to $75,000 for feasibility studies. Proposals for the first round of funding are due on June 8th. See the NYSERDA announcement.