Texas Pilot Project on Plant Energy-Efficiency Certification

The U.S. Department of Energy is working with The University of Texas at Austin to pilot an energy-efficiency certification program for manufacturing plants. From May 2008 to November 2009, energy experts will work with staff from five manufacturing plants in Texas to field test elements of Superior Energy Performance.

Energy experts will test the proposed ANSI System Assessment Standards; train plant staff on how to implement an energy management system that complies with ANSI/MSE 2000:2008; provide support for implementing energy management systems; and test the measurement and verification protocol.

The goal of the pilot project is to verify that the processes, standards, and performance criteria under the Superior Energy Performance 1) are practical and achievable, 2) provide benefit to participating plants, and 3) reliably identify that proposed certification criteria are met.

A diverse group of facilities was recruited to provide a robust assessment of the proposed Superior Energy Performance program. The sites represent four industrial sectors: food, insulation, semiconductors and chemicals, and vary in size and experience in energy management. The five facilities participating in the Texas Pilot Project are:

  • Cook Composites and Polymers Co. Houston plant
  • Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Oak Hill plant
  • Frito-Lay San Antonio plant
  • Owens Corning Waxahachie plant, and
  • Union Carbide's Texas City Operations (a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company)

The project is funded by the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office. The Texas Industries of the Future program, located at The University of Texas at Austin, is coordinating the pilot project in Texas. Other supporting organizations working under contract to U.S. DOE include Lawrence Berkley National Lab, Georgia Tech, and Oak Ridge National Lab. Georgia Tech is providing assistance on implementation of the ANSI/MSE 2000:2008. The U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing partnership is also providing oversight, support, and guidance to the project.