DOE Conducts Energy Assessment at Nebraska Cargill Facility

September 14, 2006

DOE announced on September 14th that it has conducted an Industrial Energy Saving Assessment at the Cargill facility in Blair, Nebraska. Cargill's Blair plant produces sweeteners, corn oil and feed products, as well as ethanol. The plant currently has an ethanol production capacity of 85 million gallons per year, but in 2005 announced plans for a new plant that will increase the Blair facility's capacity to 195 million gallons per year when it goes online in late 2007. See the DOE press release and the Cargill Web site.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 33 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 energy-intensive manufacturing facilities as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched in October 2005. The first 118 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $292 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 31.4 trillion Btu per year, which is more than the amount used by 436,000 U.S. homes. The results of many of these industrial Energy Saving Assessments are now available on the "Save Energy Now" Web site, provided by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program. See the "Easy Ways to Save Energy" Web site.