Media Release

Steam Challenge Clearinghouse Provides Industry with Cost-Effective, Energy-Saving Solutions

Release Date: Thursday, October 1, 1998

Washington, DC, October 1, 1998 – Steam Challenge, a technical assistance initiative between the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has launched a clearinghouse at Washington State University (WSU) that will identify cost-effective efficiency opportunities for industries requesting assistance and will provide information and tools to assist industries in their implementation of efficient steam technologies.

"Too many boiler operators and plant managers are unaware of the exorbitant costs and wasted energy linked to industrial steam systems," says Alliance President David M. Nemtzow. "The Steam Challenge has a unique opportunity to increase industry awareness of steam energy efficiency, improve productivity, and decrease costs."

If all plants in the U.S. optimize their steam systems, industry would save $4.2 billion, prevent 43 million metric tons of emissions, and reduce energy consumption by 2 quads (2,000 trillion Btus) annually.

WSU's Cooperative Extension Energy Program will administer the clearinghouse by responding to requests for Steam Challenge program information and technical assistance on steam system efficiency. The clearinghouse offers technical experts on staff to answer most steam-related questions and access to outside steam experts for more detailed questions.

The Steam Challenge Clearinghouse is a one-source stop to:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of efficient steam systems.
  • Educate operations staff on the best practices for steam systems.
  • Expand the market for steam efficiency systems equipment and services.

The Steam Challenge Clearinghouse can be reached on a new toll-free hot line at 1-800-862-2086 or by e-mail at eereic@ee.doe.gov. Additional information about Steam Challenge and other DOE technical assistance programs can be found at www.eere.energy.gov/industry/.