For superior energy efficiency…

The CalPortland Rillito Cement Plant, Rillito, Ariz., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“CalPortland is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said David Bittel, plant manager. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Earning ENERGY STAR® certification highlights Rillito Cement Plant’s status within the top 25% of cement plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. CalPortland improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plants.

“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 & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR®, CalPortland took the following actions:

•           CalPortland utilizes an extensive energy management program to promote energy efficiency best practices at each of its facilities and for all of its employees

•           The Rillito Cement Plant installed a kiln expert control system to reduce the kiln process fuel intensity

•           The Rillito Cement Plant completed the installation of a new gas conditioning tower with a baghouse modification that led to a 2.6 million kWh/year savings

ENERGY STAR® was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR® label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR®.

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