Energy Efficiency / Water/Wastewater

DOE Program Saves Plants Billions In Energy Costs

By Chemical Processing Staff

Oct 03, 2017

Partners in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program have saved about $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs across nearly 3,000 facilities that represent about 12% of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, according to DOE. In addition, DOE recognizes the achievements of nine partners who have met their energy or water savings goals this year and welcomes 12 new partners who have joined the program.

Today, close to 200 Better Plants partners are reducing energy costs to strengthen their productivity, create jobs, and increase their resiliency, according to DOE. As part of the broader Better Buildings Initiative, Better Plants partners voluntarily set a long-term goal, typically to reduce energy intensity by 25% over a 10-year period across all their U.S. operations. DOE supports these efforts with technical expertise and national recognition.

Highlights from the 2017 Better Plants update that outlines the progress of Better Plants partners over the past year reportedly include:

  • DOE welcomed Bristol-Myers Squibb and 11 other partners, bringing the total number of partners committing to improve energy performance to 190.
  • Four Better Plants partners committed to more aggressive energy-savings goals through the Better Plants Challenge, bringing the total number of Challenge partners to 41.
  • One Better Plants Challenge partner, Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemicals and advanced materials manufacturer from Irving, Texas, met its second goal after meeting its first goal in 2014; they are the 15th partner to set a new ambitious pledge after meeting their initial goal.
  • General Motors, a Challenge partner in the Fortune 10, exceeded its water goal four years early and reduced its water intensity by 28.3% against a 2010 baseline.
  • Honda North America joined the Better Plants Supply Chain Initiative, sponsoring a cohort of eight suppliers that are now taking advantage of program resources and support to improve their energy efficiency.
  • New Better Practice and Better Project awards were introduced in 2017 to honor 11 partners’ exceptional energy-efficiency solutions, including Harley-Davidson, Eastman and C.F. Martin Guitar.
  • Partners like JR Simplot and the City of Grand Rapids Water Resource Recovery Facility have leveraged new Better Plants In-Plant Training topics in industrial refrigeration and water/wastewater treatment to develop their workforce and identify energy-savings opportunities.
  • The Field Validation and Diagnostic Equipment Program was created to facilitate data analysis and measurement among partners.

Through the Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department is partnering with public and private sector organizations to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings more energy efficient over the next decade while creating thousands of jobs. These partners have contributed to over 1,000 solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center.

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