ArcelorMittal USA, an early partner in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Plants program, employs about 20,000 people at 27 operations across the United States. As steel production is an energy-intensive process, energy is the second biggest production cost at ArcelorMittal USA (after raw materials). Consequently, the responsible use of energy is a key business tenet for the company, and one that has been embedded into its sustainability framework for a number of years.
Since hospitals are critically important infrastructure that needs to operate around the clock, they are known for their high energy usage. Gifford Medical Center is acutely aware of its energy usage and sought out the opportunity to reduce costs while also creating a healthier environment.
The Erie County Division of Sewerage Management (DSM) has always valued efficiency. Established in the 1960s, the DSM’s mission is to provide cost-effective, customer-oriented wastewater service that protects public health and enhances the natural environment. This is accomplished through the operation and maintenance of six wastewater treatment facilities, just under 100 pumping stations, five overflow retention facilities, and over 1,000 miles of gravity sewer pipe and force mains.
The largest of the DSM’s wastewater treatment plants is the Southtown’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility. Electricity accounts for 9% of total expenditures at the Southtown treatment plant, and is similarly high at the DSM’s other wastewater facilities.
So, in 2018, when the DSM was invited to join NYSERDA’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) program, they saw it as a natural fit with their mission.
After investing in numerous energy improvements across their facilities, Garlock decided to take their energy efficiency to the next level by adopting a SEM plan. By syncing new energy project opportunities with their business goals, Garlock can tackle energy improvements in a more strategic way, without seeing any decrease in production or quality of their product.
Maintaining safety, quality, and timeliness are top priorities for Potters. By incorporating SEM into its business operations, Potters reduced energy use, improved its profit margin, and empowered an energy-conscious workforce—all while upholding their stringent industry standards.
Camso is always looking for new ways to stay up-to-date on cutting-edge industry best practices—energy use included. By adopting SEM processes, Camso has been able to better understand and control their energy use across their facilities. This has yielded direct cost savings and boosted employee interest in saving energy across the entire company.
Shortly after the City’s 2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Mayor John Engen moved from research to action and convened the Conservation & Climate Action Plan Task Force. The volunteer Task Force, a group of citizen experts made up of small business owners, city staff, conservation professionals, and University of Montana representatives, was charged with creating emissions reduction goals for municipal operations and developing a path to achieve those goals while maintaining and improving the City’s high level of service to citizens.
Boise has implemented a number of approaches to reduce energy consumption, including incentives for high-performance and green projects, priority processing for green building projects, reduced permit fees for solar panel installations, recognition and education programs, and changes to city code to encourage high-density commercial and multifamily development, especially downtown.
The City of Eugene has a long-standing commitment to city-wide energy management and sustainability. In 1995 Eugene began tracking and evaluating their public building energy data. The city saw the value of energy management from both a financial and environmental perspective.