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To help American manufacturing facilities save energy and continue to thrive during this time of diminished supplies and rising energy costs, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched the Save Energy Now initiative. The initial focus of the initiative is on reducing natural gas consumption.
As a key element of Save Energy Now, DOE is sending its own energy experts to conduct 200 Energy Savings Assessments. The purpose of the assessments is to identify immediate opportunities to save energy and money, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems. These processes consume nearly 80% of the energy used by U.S. industry.
Fine-tuning of these systems may cost little but offers your company the potential to yield large savings. Quick successes with optimizing these systems can lead to significant long-term savings if the approach is spread throughout your company’s plants.
The first round of assessments will be completed by Dec. 31, 2006. Companies that did not apply or were not selected for an Energy Savings Assessment, may still be eligible for priority assessments by a nearby DOE Industrial Assessment Center. Such assessment centers can be found at www.eere.energy.gov
The DOE’s energy experts are industry professionals who have advanced training and have passed a rigorous exam in the use of Industrial Technology Program’s BestPractices software tools. Their expertise, combined with in-depth knowledge of DOE tools, make these experts valuable resources in helping identify natural gas and other potential savings.
As part of the assessment, the expert will provide an analysis report with key findings for potential savings and recommendations for implementation. Additionally, the expert will connect the company to other ITP BestPractices resources to help improve efficiency in other system areas such as compressed air, fans, motors and pumps.
For more information, contact the EERE Information Center at www.eere.energy.gov/informationcenter/ or call (877) 337-EERE (877-337-3463).