May 2006


Energy usage is evaluated at West Linn Paper Company

Washington, DC— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducted an industrial Energy Saving Assessment at the West Linn Paper Company facility in West Linn, Oregon, as part of the comprehensive national energy efficiency effort undertaken by the Bush administration. Through no-cost assessments, DOE is working with manufacturing facilities to identify energy and money saving opportunities, primarily by focusing on steam and process heating systems.

The West Linn Paper Company, an independent paper manufacturer, is the oldest active paper mill in the western United States. West Linn Paper’s Nature Web® line is an environmentally friendly recycled grade that offers 10 percent to 30 percent post consumer waste content.

DOE’s Energy Saving Teams have completed visits to 28 large federal facilities and are in the process of visiting 200 of the most energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States as part of the national “Easy Ways to Save Energy” campaign launched by Secretary Bodman on October 3, 2005.

The first nine Energy Saving Assessments have identified, in aggregate, $28 million per year in energy cost savings and will reduce natural gas consumption by more than 3 trillion Btu per year, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by more than 40,000 typical U.S. homes annually.


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