Transforming two polymers into high-performance laments one-hundredth the size of
a human hair takes a lot of expertise. And energy.
Fitesa’s 30-year-old facility in Washougal, Washington, which transforms polymer pellets
into sheets of non-woven ber for diapers, wipes and lters, had been consuming about 19
million kWh of energy annually. Plant manager Dave Rohrbach said nding ways to be cost
competitive is a constant battle essential to remaining a viable player in the industry.
STRATEGIC ENERGY MANAGEMENT HELPS THE FIBERBOARD
MANUFACTURER SAVE AN ESTIMATED $588,700 ANNUALLY
SierraPine Composite Solutions, a leading manufacturer of innovative and
environmentally superior medium-density berboard and particleboard, knows
about reducing waste. The Medford company’s product line revolves around
combining recycled wood content with low-formaldehyde adhesives to produce
sustainable building products. As stated by Wayne Ralph, SierraPine’s electrical
supervisor, “We’re good at using raw materials wisely so there’s very little waste.”
While many companies have ongoing activities to keep energy savings top of mind, the volunteer energy team at the State of Oregon's office tower in the Lloyd Center District took a different approach. They made it a competition.
Washington County was one of the first public sector organizations in the state to work with Energy Trust on strategic energy management, seeing the opportunity as a tangible way to save money, and better serve their citizens.
Strategic energy management is a holistic approach to energy management that can save energy and money over time by focusing on operational and behavior change. See how Purdy Professional Painting Tools worked with Energy Trust to tap into the power to save.
Kettle Foods worked with Energy Trust to achieve sustained energy savings through Strategic Energy Management, a holistic approach to helping businesses save energy and money over time through operational and behavior change.
Shari's Restaurants makes saving energy a 24/7 practice in their 99 restaurants. Managers tap into existing communications tools for continuous improvement strategies that result in greater energy efficiency and company wide success stories.
After working on energy management with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Legacy Health wanted to do even more to save energy and cut costs. With six hospitals operating 24/7 and medical office buildings operating on varying schedules, there was more work to be done to implement a truly comprehensive energy program.
Based in Bozeman, Montana, Simms Fishing Products was started in 1980 by John Simms and produces high-quality products to keep its customers dry, comfortable and protected from the elements in any condition. Simms is also the only wader manufacturer in the U.S., and one of three worldwide licensed to make GORE-TEX waders. Its staff is largely comprised of committed anglers who understand the importance of quality, dependable shing gear and are dedicated to reducing Simms’ carbon footprint.
In February 2006, NORPAC Foods, Inc. committed to Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), a strategic energy management program pioneered by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). A team of NORPAC executives representing operations, engineering, and finance decided to implement NEEA’s CEI system at the company’s Brooks plant in Salem, Oregon. One year later, having documented the tangible advantages of managing energy, NORPAC began rolling out NEEA’s CEI system at its other five plants. The rest is history: proven—and significant—dollar savings as a direct result of strategic energy management.
West Paw Design manufactures pet products sustainably made in the USA. Using recycled, organic and recyclable materials in many of its products, West Paw Design also continually incorporates eco-friendly strategies into its manufacturing process. Over the past 15 years, the Bozeman, Montana-based company has gained a strong and loyal following by offering products that are pet, people, and planet-friendly.
The CEE Industrial Strategic Energy Management Program Summary collects information about the design, delivery, and results of fourteen industrial strategic management (SEM) programs across the US and Canada. The purpose of this document is to educate key stakeholders regrading industrial SEM program approaches and impacts and to inform program regulation, evaluation, and design. All of the programs described in this Program Summary are voluntary, ratepayer funded programs offered to industrial businesses.