DOE Seeks Input on Industrial Energy Savings Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy is calling for industry input regarding the most beneficial and efficient way to reduce industrial energy intensity. Comments are due by Sept. 18.

Information received will be used to assist DOE in developing programs and partnerships to reduce the industrial sector's energy consumption 25 percent by 2017, as called for in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Section 106 of EPAct authorizes DoE to engage industry in voluntary agreements to cut energy use at least 2.5 percent each year through 2016. Such agreements are carried out under the auspices of DoE's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP --, which has a history of working with the industrial sector to reduce the energy and carbon intensity of manufacturing equipment, processes, and final products.

Among the chief topics for consideration, DOE is seeking input regarding the need for national and/or international industrial energy management standards. Suggestions are also sought regarding any specific technical, technological, or plant assessment tools that will help industry to meet the initiative's stated goal.

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This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

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