The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $155 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to 41 industrial energy efficiency projects across the country, including both CHP and district energy projects.
The nine largest projects, totalling $150 million and leveraged with $634 million in private industry support, will promote the use of CHP, district energy systems, waste energy recovery systems and energy efficiency initiatives in hospitals, utilities, and industrial sites. For example, ArcelorMittal USA will use the waste gas from a blast furnace at its steel mill in East Chicago, Indiana, to power a boiler that will produce electricity and steam for on-site use. Other projects include: the Texas Medical Center Central Heating and Cooling Services Company, Seattle Steam Company, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc, Verso Paper Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company.
The remaining 32 awards will provide local technical support for the industrial sector through 15 university-based Industrial Assessment Centers, 11 state agencies, 5 regional partnerships, and a national technical assistance provider. These 32 projects are an extension of DOE’s successful ‘Save Energy Now’ initiative, which provides plant energy assessments and technical assistance to energy-intensive industrial facilities.