DOE Conducts Industrial Energy Assessments in Pennsylvania, Michigan

September 20, 2006

DOE announced on September 20th that it is conducting three-day Industrial Energy Saving Assessments in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The General Dynamics facility in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, manufactures metal parts. The company's business segments include aerospace, combat systems, information systems and technology, and marine systems. The Dow Chemical Company facility in Ludington, Michigan, is the largest producer of calcium chloride in North America. Calcium chloride can be used for snow and ice control, dust control, ready-mix concrete, and agriculture. Dow is hosting Energy Saving Assessments at each of its major manufacturing locations in the United States. See the DOE press releases on the visits to Pennsylvania and Michigan as well as the Dow Ludington Web site.

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 118 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $303 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 32 trillion Btu per year, which is more than the amount used by 450,000 U.S. homes. The results of many of these industrial Energy Saving Assessments are now available on the "Save Energy Now" Web site, provided by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program.