DOE Announces Plant-Wide Assessment Solicitation
February 15, 2005
DOE's Industrial Technologies Program announced a funding opportunity for industry to conduct plant-wide assessments (PWA). Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 total funding is available; up to $100,000 is available per award. Proposals are due May 3, 2005.
A PWA examines energy intensive processes in an industrial facility, determines which plant systems offer the greatest energy savings potential, and then identifies specific actions to achieve those savings.
Identification and implementation of opportunities in process and utility systems that improve energy efficiency and reduce waste in energy-intensive industries is a key goal of ITP. Through open, competitive solicitations such as this one, DOE offers opportunities for industry to participate in cost-shared efforts to identify significant energy reductions.
Complete information about this PWA funding opportunity is available through the DOE e-center.
This is the eighth round of PWA solicitations since 1998. To date, ITP has awarded cost-shared funding to 49 projects, a total of approximately $4 million. The annual dollar savings identified in the 35 projects completed totals $186 million per year, with projected electricity savings of 389 million kWh/yr, and 17 trillion Btu/yr in fossil fuels. Thus far, implemented annual savings at 26 plants is currently about $74 million, with 48 million kWh/yr and 1 trillion Btu/yr in energy savings realized.