DOE Conducts Energy Assessments in Wisconsin and Florida

April 12, 2006

DOE announced on April 12th that industrial Energy Saving Assessments are taking place at a dairy processing plant in Richland Center, Wisconsin, and a fertilizer plant in Plant City, Florida. The Wisconsin facility, owned by Foremost Farms USA, produces mozzarella cheese, whey, and other dairy products. In Florida, the fertilizer plant owned by CF Industries, Inc. produces about two million tons per year of ammonium phosphate. Steam produced in part of the plant is used for process heating and to generate about 32 megawatts of power, most of which is used to power the plant. Such steam and process heating systems are the primary focus of DOE's free three-day energy assessments, which are helping major manufacturing facilities to identify energy-saving opportunities. See the CF Industries Web site and the DOE press releases on the visits to Florida and Wisconsin.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 29 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 21 industrial Energy Saving Assessments have identified a total of $64 million per year in potential energy cost savings. If implemented, these energy-saving measures could reduce natural gas consumption by more than 8 trillion Btu per year. 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.