DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Copper Tubing Plant in Alabama

May 15, 2006

DOE announced on May 15th that an industrial Energy Saving Assessment will take place at a Wolverine Tube Inc. facility in Decatur, Alabama. The Decatur plant manufactures copper tubing for the plumbing, air conditioning, and heat transfer industries. 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 DOE press release.

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 44 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $149.3 million per year in potential energy savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by nearly 14.8 trillion Btu per year, which is more than the natural gas consumed by 200,000 homes. 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.