Save Energy Now Awards State Industrial Assessment Projects
November 29, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) announced the selection of 19 states, which will receive a total of 96 industrial plant assessments at local facilities. Through these awards and other collaborative efforts of its Save Energy Now initiative, ITP seeks to accelerate partnership with states and local energy efficiency groups, utilities, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations in meeting industrial energy efficiency challenges. These initial state assessment projects launch an anticipated long-term, extensive effort to expand ITP's successful Save Energy Now activities to the State level, where the greatest impact can be achieved. The awards are in response to a recent solicitation issued by DOE.
The awards total $950,000 and represent industrial plant assessments, adding to the national impact of reduced energy use and carbon emissions. These awarded projects represent an additional 5.8 trillion Btu per year in potential natural gas savings, as well as reduced CO2 emissions of 390,000 metric tons per year. In addition to analysis and plant assessments, each state project lead will provide follow-up technical and implementation assistance.
Each state will receive roughly $50,000 (though some will also receive cost-shared funding). Recipient states include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The terms of these projects are expected to be 18 to 24 months. Funding will go to the State Energy Offices to subcontract these assessments.
Since its inception in 2005, Save Energy Now has completed 388 large plant assessments, implemented energy-saving improvements of nearly $83 million, identified natural gas savings of nearly 57 trillion Btu per year, and reduced total potential CO2 emissions by approximately 5.0 million tons per year. Save Energy Now is helping U.S. industry, the most energy-intensive section of the economy, supporting the future energy security and stability of our nation.
A third round of 250 Industrial Save Energy Now Energy Assessments is now open for applications by eligible industrial facilities. Energy experts will help industries identify energy- and money-saving opportunities, focusing on steam, process heating, pump, fan, and compressed air systems. To apply, visit the Save Energy Now website: www.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow
Learn more about Industrial Technologies Program at www.eere.energy.gov/industry.