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CalPortland rewarded for energy efficiency

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World Cement,

The CalPortland Rillito Cement Plant has received an energy efficiency rebate cheque from Tuscon Electric Power as part of the TEP Commercial Energy Solutions programme, which provides incentive funds for energy efficiency projects.

CalPortland identified an energy efficient project that would reduce fuel and electrical consumption by replacing/improving the clinker cooler process. The cost of the CalPortland clinker cooler project was justified due to the availability of funds from the TEP Commercial Energy Solutions programme.

The new clinker cooler utilises a number of technologies. The previous constant speed fans were replaced with seven new variable speed fans that provide increased efficiency by controlling the speed of the fan to control air flow. A variety of other crushing and conveying technology upgrades were also implemented to increase the energy efficiency of the system.

CalPortland implements an Energy Management programme and has received energy efficiency rebates in many other states. The company’s largest rebate is in Arizona. The team at TEP provided outstanding assistance during the rebate application process.

The rebate check was presented by Cathy Ries, vice president customer services & human resources, in attendance from TEP were David Couture, manager of key accounts and Mike Lima senior customer relationship manager.

Receiving the Check was David Bittel, plant manager of the CalPortland Rillito Cement Plant. In attendance from CalPortland; Russell Hawks – plant engineer, Steve Regis – senior vice president, Bruce Shafer – senior vice president, Steve Coppinger – vice president engineering services and William Jerald – chief energy engineer.


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