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April 26, 2006

DOE Conducts Industrial Energy Assessments in Six States

DOE launched industrial Energy Saving Assessments in late April at facilities in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania. The GAF Materials Corporation facility in Mobile, Alabama, produces roofing materials for residential and commercial construction. In Louisiana, the Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex, owned by CF Industries, Inc., is the largest fertilizer plant in the United States, producing three types of nitrogen fertilizers. The Bowater Incorporated paper mill in Grenada, Mississippi, produces 247,000 metric tons of newsprint each year. The Nucor Steel facility in Norfolk, Nebraska, part of the Nucor Bar Mill Group, produces more than 200 grades of steel. Eastman Kodak's facility in Rochester, New York, produces photographic materials and is the largest industrial complex in the northeast United States. And the Michael Foods facility in Klingerstown, Pennsylvania, dries and processes egg products. DOE's free three-day energy assessments are helping major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems used at the plants. See the Web sites for Bowater, Nucor Steel - Nebraska, and CF Industries, and the DOE press releases on the visits to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 33 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 energy-intensive manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first 33 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified $92 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 11 trillion Btu per year. See the results of many of these industrial Energy Saving Assessments on the "Save Energy Now" Web site, provided by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program.

A recent report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) notes that there are still plenty of opportunities for industries to save energy. By reviewing the results of audits carried out by DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC), the ACEEE report found that the assessed industries averaged $30,000 in annual energy savings and $30,000 in savings from reduced waste and increased productivity. Overall, the IAC program yields between $5 and $9 in energy savings for every program dollar spent, according to ACEEE. See the ACEEE report.