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Energy Saving Assessment Conducted at Cargill in Blair
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that a three-day industrial energy saving assessment was completed in September 2006 at the Cargill facility in Blair, Nebraska. This is part of a comprehensive national energy efficiency effort using assessments that are performed at no cost to the companies. The federal energy agency is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify energy- and money-saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems.
Your Company Can Get an Assessment, Too
Just like Cargill’s Blair facility, other manufacturing facilities in Nebraska can now apply for an Energy Savings Assessment from the United States Department of Energy.
To be considered for an Energy Savings Assessment, the online application form must be completed and submitted before January 19, 2007. Only 250 assessments — from across the nation — will be completed in 2007. All assessments will be completed by December 31, 2007.
Applications with energy consumption in excess of 1 trillion British Thermal Units a year will be considered for an Energy Savings Assessment. The 1 trillion British Thermal Units requirement can be met by combining similar plants.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Assessments under the Industrial Technologies Program website provides more details about the assessments and the application process.
Don’t delay. The number of assessments are limited.
Cargill's Blair plant produces sweeteners, ethanol, corn oil and feed products.
Cargill's plant near Blair, Nebraska
The federal Energy Saving Teams have completed 33 visits to large federal facilities and are visiting 200 of the most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States as part of the national “Easy Ways to Save Energy” effort launched in October 2005.
The first 115 assessments have identified more than $288 million in potential yearly energy cost savings and could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 31.4 trillion British thermal units a year, the equivalent of natural gas consumed by about 436,000 homes.
Six months after receiving an assessment, eleven plants have made improvements, saving $28 million a year and reducing natural gas consumption by an estimated 3.5 trillion British thermal units a year. Six of the eleven made similar improvements in other plants, creating additional yearly savings of nearly $3 million.
Companies interested in using the U.S. Department of Energy’s resources can get more details at The Save Energy Now website. Information and brochures detailing “15 Tips to Help Your Plant Save Energy” are also available.
For consumers who want to lower their energy bills this fall, tips can be found at the Energy Savers web site or obtained by calling the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Hotline at 1-877-337-3463.
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