U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Goodyear Plant in Tennessee
March 2, 2006
DOE announced on March 2nd that an industrial Energy Saving Assessment is taking place at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber facility in Union City, Tennessee. Through its free energy assessments, DOE is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems. The Goodyear plant employs about 2,400 workers and manufactures radial passenger, light truck, and "p-metric" tires, which offer lighter weight, lower rolling resistance, and less aggressive tread designs than typical heavy-duty tires. See the DOE press release.
DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 29 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 U.S. manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first nine Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $28 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures will reduce natural gas consumption by more than three trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than 40,000 typical U.S. homes.