Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, concrete, aggregates, and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. CalPortland’s energy program, formed in 2003, continues to expand to cover new areas of the company’s operations. CalPortland is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for advancing and championing energy management within the U.S. cement industry and among industry broadly. Key 2016 accomplishments include:
- Reducing energy intensity by more than one percent for $682,000 in savings, contributing to the company’s overall improvement of 15.6 percent for cumulative savings of $96 million.
- Advancing the “stakes” for energy performance in the company’s three energy intensive cement plants by initiating a new competition, the “CP Energy Cup” that compares and quantifies energy practices.
- Achieving superior energy performance for all three of its cement plants by scoring in the top quarter of cement plants nationwide for energy intensity using the ENERGY STAR cement plant energy performance indicator for verification. Two of the plants earned ENERGY STAR certification.
- Overhauling the energy management systems at a recently purchased cement plant by integrating the plant into the CalPortland corporate energy program, incorporating cement process improvements at the plant, and performing energy assessments of all systems.
- Completing major projects including a new $9 million clinker cooler that recovers heat back into the kiln for savings of over $1.3 million annually and a $2 million upgrade to a ready mix concrete plant that incorporates light-emitting diode lighting, premium efficiency motors, shutdown controls, and improved truck idling management, all for savings of over $51,000 per year.
- Strengthening the ENERGY STAR industrial network by actively supporting industrial partners in energy management and by holding the first ENERGY STAR Industrial Showcase where over 200 attendees from the community, customers, and others met at a CalPortland cement plant for education on energy efficiency and to learn about the company’s stewardship.