DOE Conducts Energy Assessments in Mississippi and Pennsylvania

April 19, 2006

DOE launched industrial Energy Saving Assessments on April 19th at a paper mill in Mississippi and a food processing plant in Pennsylvania. The Bowater Incorporated paper mill in Grenada, Mississippi, produces 247,000 metric tons of newsprint each year. 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 Bowater Web site and the DOE press releases on the visits to Mississippi and Pennsylvania.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 29 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 22 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $78 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 9 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.