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As Oil Prices Reach All-Time High, Web Resource Helps Manufacturers Reduce Costs

New York, Mar 07, 2008

With the price of crude oil closing at over $100 for the first time last month, Americans are eager to reduce their energy consumption and engage in more sustainable practices.

But the need to conserve energy and reduce costs extends beyond consumers at the gasoline pump. According to the Annual Energy Outlook 2008 from the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. industrial and manufacturing sector stands to consume approximately 25 quadrillion Btu this year: nearly 140% more than the residential and commercial sectors combined.

As energy prices continue to increase, manufacturers are motivated to reduce costs wherever possible.

The Superior Energy Performance partnership, a public-private collaboration that includes representatives from U.S. industry, the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), launched in 2007 a new online resource that provides manufacturers with a comprehensive listing of energy efficiency and conservation resources.

Accessible at, freely available documents, training programs, spreadsheets, case studies, and other resources help manufacturers to develop practicable energy management programs that will increase their global competitiveness and reduce overall costs. [see related article]

“As consumers, each of us looks for ways to reduce our monthly energy bill from the electricity that powers our homes to the fuel we put into our cars,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president of accreditation services. “Manufacturers face the same challenge on a much larger scale. ANSI is pleased to join our Superior Energy Performance partners in helping U.S. industry meet its conservation and efficiency goals.”

For more information about Energy Quick Start and other initiatives being developed by the Superior Energy Performance partnership, visit

Manufacturers looking to improve their energy efficiency can also find guidance in a comprehensive energy management standard that has been developed by the Georgia Tech Energy and Environmental Management Center, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

ANSI/MSE 2000:2005, A Management System for Energy, is an American National Standard that establishes benchmarking guidelines and offers companies ways to reduce costs, expand capacity, and improve productivity, quality and operational efficiency – all while making a positive impact on the environment as well as the bottom line.

Another ANSI member and accredited standards developer, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is currently working on relevant process system standards in support of the Superior Energy Performance partnership’s efforts. These standards will provide a standardized framework for energy improvement assessments in the industrial sector, including compressed air, steam, pumping, and process heating systems.

For more information about the ASME activity, read the Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) announcement in the December 21, 2007, issue of Standards Action.

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