U.S. DOE Kicks of Free Energy Assessment Program at Kentucky Aluminum Plant

U.S. DOE Kicks of Free Energy Assessment Program at Kentucky Aluminum Plant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that a three-day Industrial Energy Saving Assessment will take place at the Ohio Valley Aluminum facility in Shelbyville, Kentucky, as part of the comprehensive national energy efficiency effort being undertaken by the Bush administration. Through no-cost assessments, DOE is working with major manufacturing facilities to identify opportunities to save energy and money, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems.

"President Bush has called on all Americans to be more energy efficient. Private industry is joining the federal government in taking a lead role in this effort," Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman said. "DOE's Energy Saving Teams will play a key role in assessing and recommending energy efficiency strategies for some of the largest industrial facilities across the nation."

Ohio Valley Aluminum Company is a producer of raw aluminum products, called billets, that companies can press into shapes for items such as door jambs, frames and rails. Its three plants located in Shelbyville, KY; Niles, Ohio; and Boonville, Indiana have a combined capacity of producing forty million pounds of aluminum products per month. The company also operates an aluminum plant in Jeffersonville, IN.

DOE's Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 28 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 of the most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States as part of the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign launched by Secretary Bodman on October 3, 2005.

The first six Energy Saving Assessments that DOE has conducted of private-sector facilities have identified, in aggregate, $10 million per year in energy cost savings that, on average, will reduce total plant natural gas consumption by 6.7%.

Companies interested in accessing DOE energy saving resources can get more details online.