FIGURE ES-1 Estimated energy consumption of the Industries of the Future as a percentage of U.S. manufacturing and mining energy consumption for 2002. SOURCE: DOE, 2003c, p. 8.

  • To identify grand challenges2 that would dramatically improve industrial energy efficiency,

  • To implement a technology portfolio that is balanced in terms of near-, mid-, and far-term research,

  • To perform process-specific and crosscutting R&D to improve long-term energy efficiency, and

  • To perform technology delivery activities to improve near- and mid-term energy efficiency (DOE, 2003c, pp. 8–12).

The committee finds that the ITP Strategic Plan presents a coherent link between higher-level plans (specifically, the National Energy Policy, the DOE Strategic Plan, and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [EERE] Strategic Plan) and the ITP Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP; DOE, 2004a). The ITP strategies are consistent with the mission of the ITP and address the needs of the DOE and U.S. industry for decreased energy intensity and improved environmental protection.

The ITP Strategic Plan contains two overall quantitative goals: a 25 percent decrease in energy intensity for the IOFs between 2002 and 2020 and the commercialization of more than 10 industrial energy efficiency technologies between 2003 and 2010.3 The committee recommends that the ITP provide additional information on how these goals were selected and how their achievement will be measured. Without this information, it is difficult to assess whether or not these goals are reasonable.

Multi-Year Program Plan of the Industrial Technologies Program

The Multi-Year Program Plan translates the ITP’s strategies and strategic objectives into specific technical, funding, and schedule requirements. In addition, it contains a description of the implementation strategy, including the multi-year plans for the individual subprograms. The committee recommends the continuation and an acceleration of the evolution of the MYPP toward a more manageable set of corporate milestones and recommends that, in the preparation of future MYPPs, the ITP look for opportunities to increase coordination across subprograms, especially in the area of grand challenges.

The ITP has developed and is instituting a new decision-making model to refine the project selection process and implement ITP strategies. The decision-making model is based on the following steps:

2  

A grand challenge is defined as an important technical problem facing an industry, or group of industries, that, if solved, holds the potential to produce large improvements in energy efficiency, environmental performance, and product yield (DOE, 2004a, p. 65).

3  

B.Garland, DOE, 2004, “Industrial Technologies Program Corporate Programmatic Review,” Presentation to the Committee, Washington, D.C., May 19.



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