DOE Selects 16 AF&PA Member Companies for No-Cost Energy Assessments

March 3, 2006 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) siad that 16 plants owned by AF&PA member companies will be the recipients of no-cost energy saving assessments.

According to AF&PA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched the Save Energy Now initiative, with a goal of helping industrial facilities reduce natural gas consumption. In all, 200 industrial plants were selected to receive assessments.

"Our companies are proud to collaborate with the DOE on this important issue, and will surely benefit from the expertise of these assessments. The natural gas crisis that faces manufacturers in this country requires immediate action, and the Save Energy Now initiative is an important step in the right direction," said AF&PA President & CEO W. Henson Moore.

The individual energy assessments could result in significant energy and cost savings for the selected plants. DOE Energy Experts will assist plants in determining the most effective ways to optimize energy use, particularly in steam and process heating systems, AF&PA said.

All assessments will be completed by December 31, 2006.

Recommendations made on the first six assessments, if implemented, could reduce total plant natural gas consumption by more than 6 percent and save $10 million per year in energy costs for those plants alone.

For more information on the DOE's Save Energy Now initiative, visit www.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association

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