Maintenance-savvy cement plants earn EPA Energy Star certification

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Sources: CalPortland Co., Las Vegas; CMCM staff

Timely equipment maintenance or cost-saving improvements, coupled with responses to “treasure hunts” during which team members identified power saving opportunities, enabled CalPortland Redding, Calif. and Rillito, Ariz. cement plants to earn Environmental Protection Agency 2023 Energy Star Certification. Energy Star indicates ranking within the top 25 percent of cement plants in the nation on an energy performance scale. CalPortland improved metrics key to the EPA program through strategic energy management measures across its West Coast cement, aggregate and concrete operations. Work at Redding and Rillito included lighting upgrades, mechanical engineering for compressed air optimization, and variable frequency drive installations for air pollution control devices. 

CalPortland Redding cement plant

“Energy Star is an integral part of the culture at CalPortland and through this achievement, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs,” says CEO Allen Hamblen. 

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” adds Energy Star Commercial & Industrial Branch Chief Cindy Jacobs. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their operations more efficient and earning Energy Star certification.” 

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