Arkansas Awarded Funding to Improve Industrial Energy Efficiency

Monday, December 10, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (December 5, 2007) – Arkansas has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP). These funds will provide several Arkansas industrial plants with extensive energy assessments and will enable these industries to identify energy and money-saving opportunities. In addition to analysis and plant assessments, each project includes follow-up technical and implementation assistance and an evaluation of the actual energy savings. The grant focuses on plants using steam, process heating, pumps, fans and compressed air systems.


ITP’s SAVE ENERGY NOW initiative is designed to accelerate partnerships with states and local energy efficiency groups, utilities, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations in meeting industrial energy efficiency challenges.


Funding from the grant will pass through the Arkansas Energy Office to Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, who will coordinate the project with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Dr. Darin Nutter, Professor of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, and his graduate students will conduct the energy analysis, plant assessments and measurement of energy savings.


This assessment project will span 18 months and is part of an anticipated long-term, extensive effort to expand the Department of Energy’s SAVE ENERGY NOW activities to the State level, where the greatest impact can be achieved. The industrial plant assessments will add to the national impact of reduced energy use and carbon emissions. These projects represent 5.8 trillion Btu per year in potential natural gas savings, as well as annual reductions of 390,000 metric tons of reduced CO2 emissions.