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U.S. Aluminum Castings Wins Energy Award

U.S. Aluminum Castings, Entiat, Wash., has received an Energy Saver award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for significantly reducing its energy usage over the past year.

The company was recognized as having achieved more than 75,000 MMBtu total energy savings, a reduction of more than 7.5%, following a government-run Save Energy Now assessment in 2007 that identified a number of energy saving opportunities in the plant.

Save Energy Now is a national initiative intended to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity in 10 years. Industrial companies can participate in no-cost energy assessments and utilize government resources to reduce energy use. The assessments focus primarily on such energy-intensive systems as process heating, steam, pumps, fans and compressed air.
This year, DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program honored 129 plants with the Energy Saver award. In total, the award recipients achieved more than $37 million in cost savings and 2.9 trillion Btu in total energy savings. As of August 2008, Save Energy Now had completed nearly 600 assessments resulting in more than $118 million saved and a 6.8 million ton reduction in carbon dioxide per year.

U.S. Aluminum Castings, an aluminum casting facility providing components through the green sand, lost foam, permanent mold and nobake processes to the aviation, aerospace, heavy truck, military and marine industries, worked with Oregon State Univ. Industrial Assessment Center to assess its processes and reduce energy use.

“By implementing the recommended actions, U.S. Aluminum Castings is reducing our nation’s energy use and shrinking our carbon footprint in the near term,” a spokesperson for the company said in a press release.