ITP and Utilities Partner to Improve National Industrial Energy Efficiency
June 19, 2008
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) met with representatives from utilities, utility associations, state energy offices, power administrations, and other utility stakeholders on February 14-15, 2008, in Laurel, Maryland, to discuss how ITP and utilities can partner to improve the energy efficiency of the utilities’ industrial customers. As a result of this meeting, the Utilities Working with Industry: Action Plan was produced. The action plan outlines the highest priority activities for ITP and the utilities to complete to reach ITP’s goal of driving a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity in 10 years.
Utility account managers, energy efficiency managers, and other associations can look to the action plan to find out how they can work with ITP to improve industrial energy efficiency. A coordinating committee will be created to steer the key activities outlined in the action plan. These include:
- The Save Energy Now Voluntary Agreement for Utilities, which will be geared toward manufacturers and energy service companies. By signing the agreement, participants demonstrate their commitment to help lower the energy intensity of their industrial customers.
- ITP and the utilities will form an open dialogue with regional energy and climate change associations to discuss new energy efficiency and/or climate change legislation mandated or being considered for their state.
- To help utilities improve their industrial customers’ energy efficiency, ITP and the utilities will team up to create technical information, increase education and training opportunities, extend outreach to utility managers and regulators, and recognize utilities/plants that have made notable progress toward improving industrial energy efficiency.
To learn more about ITP’s partnership with utilities and to get involved, contact Sandy Glatt, U.S. Department of Energy.