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Forest Products Industry Competitiveness Strengthened Through Energy Management and Savings

Photo of Top 20 energy conservation recommendations for SIC 24 (Lumber and Wood Products, Except Furniture) based on 437 assessments conducted under the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program during the period 2000-July 2015.  If all of the 3,295 recommendations offered were implemented, the annual energy savings for this industry sector would be 10 percent per year.  Based on the actual implementation rate, the energy savings is 4.2 percent per year. USDA Forest ServiceTop 20 energy conservation recommendations for SIC 24 (Lumber and Wood Products, Except Furniture) based on 437 assessments conducted under the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program during the period 2000-July 2015. If all of the 3,295 recommendations offered were implemented, the annual energy savings for this industry sector would be 10 percent per year. Based on the actual implementation rate, the energy savings is 4.2 percent per year. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Cutting energy costs in wood products manufacturing is good for the environment and a long-overlooked way for companies to reduce their operating costs. The industrial sector of the United States uses over one-third of the total energy consumed in this country. Forest Service scientists found that nearly $7.9 million in annual energy savings have been implemented by wood products manufacturers based on energy assessments conducted since 2000 and that an additional $19.2 million in savings could be realized.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Wiedenbeck, Janice (Jan) K. 
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 868

Summary

Energy reduction recommendations that incorporate “lean manufacturing principles” (that is, they focus on reducing waste) can lead to greater savings and relatively shorter payback times than will other energy reduction measures. The underlying strength of lean-based recommendations is that while energy consumption is decreased, productivity is simultaneously improved. Forest Service scientists examined electrical consumption data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC 2015) database using data mining. Of the more than 3,900 energy saving recommendations made by the IAC based on 733 assessments conducted between 2000 and 2012 in the wood products industry, 43 percent were implemented within the year following the assessment. With fewer than 10 percent of wood products manufacturing establishments having participated in the IAC program to-date, the energy cost savings for the entire U.S. wood products industry could be upwards of $80 million annually if these same efficiency measures were adopted by the other companies in the industry.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Dr. Brian Bond, Dr. Henry Quesada-Pineta