Best Practices, a program of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP), works with industry to identify plant-wide opportunities to save energy and increase process efficiency. Companies across the U.S. are achieving immediate savings by implementing new technologies and systems improvements.
Process heating applications in U.S. industrial plants, such as in the metal and glass industries, consume about 38% of the energy used. Regulatory and competitive pressures to control emissions and reduce operating costs require metal and glass manufacturers to consider various options to reduce overall energy consumption, and many opportunities to accomplish this can be identified in industrial systems by conducting plant-wide assessments (PWA). ITP cosponsors PWAs through a solicitation process. Conducting a PWA involves a systems-level approach to investigate plant energy use and identifies opportunities to implement energy efficiency technologies together with other best energy management practices.