The U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) is seeking input from industry concerning the most beneficial and efficient way to reduce industrial energy intensity. Information received will be used to assist the DoE in developing programs and partnerships to reduce the industrial sector’s energy consumption 25 percent by 2017, as called for in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).
Specifically, Section 106 of EPAct authorizes the DoE to engage industry in voluntary agreements to cut energy use at least 2.5 percent each year through 2016. Such agreements are carried out under the auspices of the DoE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP), which has a history of working with the industrial sector to reduce the energy and carbon intensity of manufacturing equipment, processes, and final products.
The DoE and ITP welcome the participation of all corporations and facilities, although they are particularly focused on industries of high energy consumption and rapid growth. Energy-intensive industries span aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, metal casting, mining, petroleum refining and steel.
Among the chief topics for consideration, the DoE is seeking input regarding the need for national and/or international industrial energy management standards. Suggestions are also sought regarding any specific technical, technological, or plant assessment tools that will help industry to meet the initiative’s stated goal. The DoE is also interested in receiving comments with regard to:
||Industrial Technologies Plan: Key Elements
Between 2002 and 2020, the Industrial Technologies Program will contribute to a 30% improvement in industrial energy intensity.
To date, the ITP portfolio has produced more than 160 commercialized technologies, resulting in a savings of nearly 4 quadrillion Btu.
- experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from energy management activities;
- roadblocks and concerns that industry may have with reducing energy intensity by 2.5 percent each year;
- the most effective ways to motivate industry to participate in this initiative, including possible incentives, and;
- the level of interest in partnering with the DoE to achieve this goal.
For further details, please review the original request for information or visit the DoE Web site. Comments should be submitted to ITP@go.doe.gov by 8 p.m. EST on September 18.