3M, ATT Among Charter Members of New DOE Program

The US Department of Energy today launched a new program to provide technical assistance and resources to companies that pledge significant improvements in industrial energy efficiency.

3M (NYSE: MMM), AT&T (NYSE: T), Honeywell (NYSE: HON), and Nissan North America are among the 32 charter member of the Save Energy Now® LEADER Program. 

Companies joining the program must pledge to reduce their industrial energy intensity by 25% over the next decade. Members also agree to establish energy use and
energy intensity baselines, and develop an energy management plan over
the next 12 months. In return, the companies will receive access to
select DOE resources, as well as national recognition for energy
management achievements.

“These companies’ commitments to energy efficiency not only generate significant energy and carbon savings, but also show the entire business community the profitable steps that can be taken to move us all toward a clean energy future,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Working together with American manufacturers, we will leverage the potential of energy efficiency to create new jobs, make our economy more competitive, and reduce carbon pollution.”

The U.S. industrial sector accounts for more than 18 million jobs in the United States, as well as nearly 30% of the energy used nationwide and 27% of the country’s carbon emissions.

The LEADER program is a new component of the existing Save Energy Now initiative through which companies partner with DOE to conduct energy audits and assessments designed to identify the opportunities for energy and cost savings in the companies’ operations. Participating businesses also have access to tools and training to implement recommendations designed to help reduce their energy use and lower operating costs. Over 2,000 plants received energy assessments through Save Energy Now from 2006 to 2009.  To date, those assessments have identified opportunities for $1.3 billion in identified cost savings, 119 trillion Btu of natural gas savings, and 11.2 million metric tons of CO2 savings.

Below is a full list of companies joining the new program:

3M (St. Paul, MN)
AT&T (Dallas, TX)
BPM, Inc. (Peshtigo, WI)
Bridgestone (McMinnville, TN)
Briggs & Stratton (Wauwatosa, WI)
Cummins, Inc. (Columbus, IN)
Danfoss (Baltimore, MD)
Didion Milling (Johnson Creek, WI)
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI)
Flambeau River Papers (Park Falls, WI)
Honeywell (Morristown, NJ)
Ingersoll Rand/Trane (Piscataway, NJ)
Intel (Santa Clara, CA)
JR Simplot (Boise, ID)
Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry (Manitowoc, WI)
Mohawk Industries (Dalton, GA)
Neenah Foundry (Neenah, WI)
Nissan North America (Smyrna, TN)
Osram Sylvania (Danvers, MA)
Owens Corning (Toledo, OH)
PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, PA)
Quad/Graphics, Inc. (Sussex, WI)
Schneider Electric (Palatine, IL)
Serious Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)
Shaw Industries (Dalton, GA)
Sherwin-Williams, Richmond (Richmond, KY)
Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC)
Thilmany Papers (Kaukauna, WI)
ThyssenKrupp Waupaca (Waupaca, WI)
United Technologies Corp. (Hartford, CT)
Verso Paper (Memphis, TN)
Volvo Trucks, Inc. (Dublin, VA)

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