U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
New Report Shows DOE Making an Impact on Industrial Energy Efficiency
October 2, 2007
In the last 28 years, DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has helped U.S. industry save about 5.13 quadrillion Btu, worth about $29.3 billion, in part by supporting more than 600 research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that have produced more than 190 technologies. Read the new report, Impacts: Industrial Technologies Program, Summary of Program Results for CY 2005 (PDF 3.5 MB) for details on 101 of these successfully commercialized technologies, which, in 2005 alone, saved 99 trillion Btu in energy.
In addition, the report summarizes other ways U.S. industrial manufacturers are making strides by working in partnership with ITP. These include bottom-line benefits such as increased productivity and improved product quality, as well as environmental benefits, such as reduced waste, carbon dioxide, and air pollutants.
The Impacts report also gives an overview of ITP technical assistance programs: BestPractices, which offers software tools, technical resources, and expert advice to help industrial plants better manage energy use; and university-based Industrial Assessment Centers that help eligible manufacturers identify potential energy and cost savings through free, on-site assessments. These programs, combined with RD&D efforts, helped industry save more than 400 trillion Btu of energy, which adds up to $4.44 billion in cost savings in 2005.
Review the Impacts report and visit the ITP Web site to learn how your company can get involved in this national effort to improve energy efficiency while improving competitiveness and the bottom line. One important step you can take is to apply today for a Save Energy Now energy assessment, which is a key part of ITP's strategy to help industrial plants identify cost-effective opportunities and recommend actions to reduce their energy use and shrink their carbon footprint in the near term.