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Caterpillar Showcases Energy Savings Technology

Caterpillar Inc today welcomed United States Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman to the company's Track-Type Tractors and Transmission Business Unit facilities in East Peoria, Illinois.

Secretary Bodman participated in an energy savings assessment, which Caterpillar applied for and joined in December 2005. The Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting the energy assessments at more than 200 U.S. industrial companies around the country, in an effort to improve national energy efficiency. The Caterpillar energy assessment focused on the company's proprietary heat treat process furnaces at the Transmission Business Unit facility in East Peoria, part of the company's Motion and Power Control Division.

"Caterpillar is pleased and honored to be hosting Secretary Bodman today," said Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for the company's energy and power systems divisions. "We welcome and support this new DOE program, and hope that it will improve our energy efficiency and, ultimately, reduce energy costs in manufacturing processes like our world- class heat treat operations. Caterpillar continues to invest heavily in sustainable technologies such as clean diesel, retrofitting older engines, combined heat and power, fuel cells and other alternative energy products."

"We look forward to continuing our work with Caterpillar on some of our most important energy projects," Secretary Bodman said. "Government partnership with private industry is crucial to setting us on a path that will help steer us away from petroleum imports and toward renewable sources. We're grateful for Caterpillar's contribution to this effort."

Secretary Bodman was briefed on the Department of Energy's long and successful research and development relationship with Caterpillar. Highlights included:

    -- 21ST Century Truck program, a heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency
       collaborative between the DOE, Environmental Protection Agency,
       Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, and companies
       involved in the trucking industry.  It includes diesel engine and
       advanced materials projects targeting a 30% increase in fuel efficiency
       while meeting future emission regulations.
    -- Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) designed to increase the
       efficiency of natural gas-fired engines by 20% by 2010, and reduce
       emissions 90% during the same period, while maintaining consistent
       initial costs.
    -- Multiple programs with Caterpillar subsidiary Solar Turbines in San
       Diego, California, including the Mercury 50 program which improved
       efficiency 15% and reduced emissions 10%.  This is critical for support
       of high efficiency Combined Heat & Power (CHP) technology, and
       reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
    -- Firefly Energy Inc., a company formed in May 2003 to develop advanced
       lead-acid battery technologies for commercial and military
    -- Caterpillar continues to develop auxiliary power units designed to
       reduce idling of the larger diesel engine when only a small amount of
       power is required to keep the cab warm or provide power for essential
       vehicle systems.
    -- Fuel cell power generation development in an alliance with FuelCell
       Energy, Inc.  The fuel cell units use natural gas or other fuel to
       generate electricity through electrochemical reactions, providing power
       to hospitals, universities, hotels and other commercial and industrial

Caterpillar is also pursuing other energy efficient technologies, which is helping the company to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity. During Secretary Bodman's visit, Oberhelman announced that the company is exceeding its goals in this area. In 2003, as part of the U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders program, Caterpillar committed to reducing its GHG emissions intensity 20 percent by 2010 from a 2002 base. Having achieved this target ahead of schedule, Caterpillar has established a stretch GHG intensity reduction goal of 35 percent by 2010.

Caterpillar is also heavily engaged in remanufacturing, replacing and retrofitting older diesel engines used in construction equipment, school and mass transit buses, electric power generation, and equipment used in port operations. The company is actively supporting congressional funding of the Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2005, which authorized $1 billion over five years for a national retrofit program.

For more than 80 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been building the world's infrastructure and, in partnership with Cat dealers, is driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. With 2005 sales and revenues of $36.339 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technology leader in construction, transportation, mining, forestry, energy, logistics, financing and electric power generation.

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