DOE Recognizes High-Performing Plants with 2008 Save Energy Now Awards
October 03, 2008
John Mizroch, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, recently recognized 128 U.S. manufacturers with Save Energy Now Awards.
DOE annually presents awards to individual plants and companies for actively pursuing energy-saving opportunities identified through a Save Energy Now energy assessment. By implementing assessment recommendations over the last year, these industrial plants have achieved more than $37 million in cost savings and 2.9 trillion Btu in total energy savings.
Save Energy Now is a national initiative of DOE's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) to drive a 25 percent reduction in industrial energy intensity over 10 years. Through Save Energy Now, ITP conducts no-cost energy assessments at U.S. manufacturing facilities around the country to identify and promote ways to reduce energy use in key industrial energy systems. Save Energy Now assessments help U.S. manufacturing facilities save an average of $2 million, or 8 percent of their total energy costs.
Save Energy Now assessments are tailored to meet the needs of all sizes of plants. Major industrial plants are assessed by a DOE Energy Expert, while smaller to mid-sized plants are assessed by an Industrial Assessment Center. About 20% of the plants assessed in 2007 are receiving a Save Energy Now award. Companies receiving the Save Energy Now awards reported their energy assessment results and met the following criteria:
- Energy Saver—More than 75,000 million Btu total energy savings or more than 7.5 percent total energy savings.
- Energy Champion—More than 250,000 million Btu total energy savings or more than 15 percent total energy savings.
DOE is honoring 83 plants with the Energy Saver award and 45 plants with the Energy Champion award. Award-winning companies will be publicly recognized at major industry meetings or ITP events throughout the year and on the Save Energy Now Web site.
The national kick-off Save Energy Now Award event was held at the World Energy Engineering Congress on October 2 in Washington, DC. To see the list of 2008 Save Energy Now award recipients, visit www.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow/recognition.html.