U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Fabrics Plant in Maryland
March 28, 2006
DOE launched a industrial Energy Saving Assessment on March 28th at the W.L. Gore & Associates' GORE-TEX fabrics plant in Elkton, Maryland. Through its free three-day energy assessments, DOE is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems. 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 in the United States as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first 18 industrial energy saving assessments have identified a total of $61 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 7 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by about 100,000 typical U.S. homes.