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Ash Grove Cement Durkee awarded ENERGY STAR

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Ash Grove Cement has announced that its Durkee, Oregon, cement plant has been awarded ENERGY STAR certification for 2016.

Ash Grove Cement Durkee improved its energy performance by strategically managing energy use and making cost-effective improvements to the plant, including

  • Installed Variable Frequency Drives on several fans throughout the facility to reduce energy use in each fan by up to 50%.
  • Installed a high-level supervisory computer system that maximizes output per kWH.
  • Adjusted mill parameters and raw materials in finish mills to maximize power efficiency in an over 4375 kw operation.

The company’s Seattle plant was awarded ENERGY STAR certification in 2015.

"We’re honoured that the EPA has awarded the Ash Grove Cement Company Durkee plant its ENERGY STAR award. This achievement demonstrates our strong commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Terry Kerby, manager of Ash Grove’s cement plant in Durkee, Oregon. “We worked to improve energy efficiency, and by boosting energy efficiency, energy costs are lower for our domestic-made cement.”

“The ENERGY STAR is the distinguishing mark of energy efficiency for cement manufacturing plants in the United States and identifies this plant’s status among the most energy-efficient based on its performance in EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch.

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