DOE program identifies energy savings potential for industrial plants
Through its Save Energy Now initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program has helped U.S. manufacturing plants identify potential savings of more than $807 million in energy costs. These three new case histories demonstrate the impact energy savings can have on processes and ultimately the bottom line.
Through its Save Energy Now initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program has helped U.S. manufacturing plants identify potential savings of more than $807 million in energy costs and 77.1 trillion Btu of natural gas %%MDASSML%% the amount consumed by more than 1 million single-family homes. The goal of Save Energy Now is to drive a 25% reduction in U.S. industrial energy intensity by 2017.
Three new Save Energy Now case studies reveal the specific energy savings recommendations identified by the DOE and how companies are taking steps to reduce their energy use and save money. These three companies are saving a combined total of $1.5 million per year, so far, after implementing some of these measures.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.