On May 12, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) recognized 151 U.S. manufacturers for their significant achievements in industrial energy efficiency with the third annual Save Energy Now Awards. 2010 award recipients were plants and companies that had actively pursued energy-savings opportunities identified during a 2009 Save Energy Now energy assessment, which has led to more than $32 million in cost savings and 4 trillion British thermal units (Btu) in total energy savings over the past year.

This year’s award recipients were recognized at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum on May 10 in Washington, D.C., and the Gulf Coast Industrial Energy Efficiency Forum held May 20–21 in New Orleans, Louisiana. ITP recognized 95 plants with the Energy Saver award and 56 plants with the Energy Champion award. Energy Savers are plants that had more than 75,000 million Btu total energy savings or more than 7.5 percent total energy savings and Energy Champions are plants that had more than 250,000 million Btu total energy savings or more than 15 percent total energy savings.

Save Energy Now is a national initiative that aims to reduce industrial energy intensity by 25 percent in 10 years. Through this initiative, ITP conducts no-cost energy assessments at U.S. manufacturing facilities to identify ways to reduce energy use. Facilities that implement energy-savings recommendations and achieve significant results are publicly recognized at major industry meetings or ITP events throughout the year.

For more information on how your company can qualify to be an Energy Saver or Energy Champion, and for a full list of 2010 Save Energy Now award recipients, visit the Save Energy Now Web site.