In 2015 Ash Grove Cement Seattle earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification, recognising the plant’s performance in the top 25% of cement manufacturing facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meeting the strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
ENERGY STAR certification highlights Ash Grove Seattle’s status within the top 25% of manufacturers regarding energy performance. Ash Grove Cement Seattle improved its energy performance by strategically managing energy and making cost-efficient improvements to its plants.
- Automated the plant compressed air system, saving 1 million kilowatt hours in one year.
- Upgraded plant lighting, saving 540 000 kWh.
- Adjusted the raw material blend to improve mill efficiency, saving 3.5 million kWh.
"Ash Grove Cement Seattle is pleased to earn EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Plant Manager Carey Austell. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs by nearly $300 000.”
"All our plants and employees have worked very hard when it comes to efficiency and conservation of resources,” said Andy Lippert, corporate energy director for Ash Grove Cement Company. “The Seattle plant once again regaining Energy Star certification is the result of our employees’ significant efforts.”
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organisations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
Edited from various sources by Rebecca Bowden
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