U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Advanced Manufacturing Office – Industrial Distributed Energy

DOE Announces Energy Savings to Maine Paper Mill

August 25, 2008

The Katahdin Paper Mill in Millinocket, Maine, was looking for ways to pinpoint energy-savings measures when the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP ) performed a Save Energy Now energy assessment at the mill.  

Energy Expert Tom Tucker utilized DOE's Steam System Assessment Tool software to analyze the mill's powerhouse steam system. Tucker recommended terminating cogeneration when fuel costs do not warrant electrical generation and improving mill processes to minimize steam venting. Energy Expert Dick Reese conducted the second assessment on the mill's paper machines and recommended repairing heat-recovery equipment in dryer hoods, tightening water-use and fiber-loss systems, and recovering effluent heat.  

"The technical experts sent by the Department of Energy were very practical in their approach and potential application of energy conservation ideas and projects," said Segre Sorokin, Manager of Katahdin Paper's Millinocket facility. "They assisted us with identifying new heat- and steam-saving opportunities and offered very solid advice on initiatives already in progress."  

Katahdin personnel found some of the identified opportunities easy to immediately implement, while others will require project development time and increased funding to complete.  

"We are very thankful for their [the Energy Experts] efforts, and continue to reduce our energy usage by incorporating the elements of the mill's energy assessments," noted Sorokin. "Our sincere thanks and appreciation for their efforts."  

See results in your plant and apply for a Save Energy Now energy assessment today.  If you have already participated in an energy assessment, make sure to implement your recommendations and complete a report with your Energy Expert. You can also find out how to be publicly recognized for implementing assessment recommendations and achieving energy savings in your plant.  

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