Industrial firms in Utah recognised for energy saving efforts

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Reducing energy consumption in the industrial sector can have a big impact on carbon emissions. In Utah, for example, industrial firms are the largest energy customers, accounting for almost a third of the state's electricity consumption.
In an effort to conserve resources and reduce companies' operating costs, a voluntary programme called the Utah Industrial Energy Efficiency Challenge was established in 2010 to encourage new and ongoing investment in energy efficiency by local manufacturing and industrial businesses.
The two-part Challenge includes peer-to-peer networking workshops and technical trainings, followed by public recognition of leading industrial firms.
Last week, four companies received the 2017 Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award for their progress in cutting energy waste:
1. Bowie Resources, which operates the Sufco mine in Sevier County, Utah, implemented a mine fan recommissioning project, reducing electricity consumption by 2.5 million kilowatt hours annually. The facility also monitors its electricity consumption and uses equipment that reduces energy consumption, such as variable frequency drives and LED lighting, and seeks to reduce electricity consumption during peak hours by controlling production schedules.
2. Snack food maker Frito-Lay, Inc. upgraded from fluorescent to LED lighting, and also implemented an energy management system that controls HVAC throughout its processing, packaging, and warehouse operations -- saving almost 700,000 kilowatt hours of electricity on an annual basis.
3. Hill Air Force Base, near Clearfield, Utah, completed over 50 energy savings projects last year, saving more than 3.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The base also uses an internal energy tracking system to ensure it meets its yearly energy conservation goals.
4. Greenhouse vegetable grower Houweling's Group implemented a proprietary heat and CO2 capture system for the redistribution of waste energy in year-round greenhouse tomato farming. This system replaced the requirement for propane-fuelled boilers to provide required heat and CO2. The company also installed other energy efficient technologies, slashing on-site electricity consumption by nearly 12 million kilowatt hours annually.
"We are proud to honour four Utah businesses whose leading efforts are advancing innovation and transforming our industrial buildings," commented Dr Laura Nelson, the governor's energy advisor and executive director of the Governor's Office of Energy Development. "By implementing cost-effective energy upgrades, these businesses are reducing their operational costs, while also improving reliability and air quality along the Wasatch Front."
"Energy efficiency is a win-win for the state of Utah," added Kevin Emerson, energy efficiency programme director for Utah Clean Energy. "There is a huge potential among large companies in the state to save energy and reduce consumption of natural resources through investing in energy efficiency. In addition to realising a great return on investment, energy efficiency projects also reduce pollution emitted from energy consumption. It's exciting to see the breadth of companies become efficiency leaders."
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