Local plant lauded for energy cost savings

Local plant lauded for energy cost savings

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:53 pm

North American Tire’s Union City plant has realized more than $800,000 in annual energy cost savings after implementing several key energy conservation strategies recommended in a U.S. Department of Energy audit. “Our plant had an energy conservation program active at the time of the audit (referred to by DOE as a Save Energy Now assessment), but the DOE audit helped to refocus our efforts and identify issues that would be better moved to the top of our task list,” said Dennis Burden, a Union City mechanical engineer in central facilities who helped coordinate the audit. “We have worked through some issues that set us back early in the implementation process, but we have made good progress and have several other major projects to initiate in our plant.” The DOE study documents that the project, completed two years ago, resulted in the implementation of activities that realized approximately $875,000 in annual cost savings for energy. The conservation measures, including maintaining and operating two boilers in the powerhouse instead of three, are now incorporated in the plant’s operations plan. “Goodyear’s Union City plant personnel began optimizing boiler operation and working on a load management strategy shortly after the assessment was completed,” the report noted. “To optimize boiler operation, the employees adjusted the automation controls on all the boilers and will reconfigure the forced draft fan inlets as specified in the assessment. This enabled them to operate the large boiler closer to full load and shut down one of the smaller, natural gas fired boilers.” Save Energy Now is a national campaign started in 2005 in response to a rapid rise in energy prices. This campaign helps U.S. industry reduce ener-gy use and supports national goals for energy security. Through Save Energy Now, DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) helps industrial plants operate more efficiently and profitably by identifying ways to reduce energy use in key industrial process systems. The results of the plant’s efforts are highlighted in an article on the DOE Web site: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow/pdfs/42328.pdf Published in The Messenger 6.26.08

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