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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the first industrial plants in the country to be certified under the Superior Energy Performance program -- a new, market-based industrial energy efficiency program.  The energy management certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and will serve as a roadmap for industrial facilities to help continually improve their efficiency and maintain market competitiveness.  The industrial and manufacturing sectors, which account for roughly one-third of energy use in the United States, include significant opportunities to improve the overall efficiency of their operations. By reducing the energy necessary for their industrial processes, companies can save money, save energy, and help create new clean energy jobs. 

"This program is helping to lay the groundwork for broad improvements in industrial efficiency in the U.S. and internationally," said Secretary Chu.  "By implementing the latest energy management practices and technologies as part of the Superior Energy Performance certification program, these U.S. companies are saving money, reducing carbon pollution and making their businesses more competitive in the global marketplace."

DOE presented three companies with awards during the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC, recognizing their successful completion of the certification program and their place as some of the energy leaders within the U.S. manufacturing sector:

  • Cook Composites and Polymers Co. (Houston, Texas)
  • Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas)
  • Owens Corning (Waxahachie, Texas)

These newly certified plants participated in the Superior Energy Performance program's pilot.  The pilot program began in May 2008 as a partnership between DOE and Texas Industries of the Future, located at the University of Texas at Austin, in order to ensure that Superior Energy Performance would offer value and flexibility for plants of various sizes and experience in managing energy.  A series of additional Energy Management Demonstration projects are now underway in other regions around the country to further test the Superior Energy Performance program.

Along with support from DOE, the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) is leading the development of Superior Energy Performance to help make it possible for companies to conform to the upcoming International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 energy management system standard.  ISO, the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards, identified energy management as a priority due to the significant potential to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Based on broad applicability across national economic sectors, the ISO 50001 standard could eventually influence up to 60 percent of the world's energy demand.

The Superior Energy Performance will be well positioned to provide a transparent, globally accepted system for validating energy intensity performance improvement and management practices.  Consistent with this goal, the program is already serving as the basis for the Global Superior Energy Performance initiative, a multi-country effort to create and harmonize nationally accredited energy performance certification programs. Together, these programs are expected to produce significant global energy and carbon savings.

Read more about the Superior Energy Performance program.

To learn more about industrial energy efficiency, visit DOE's Industrial Technologies Program website.

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