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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Phillips Plastics saves $750,000 through energy efficiency efforts

From an article by in the Dunn County News:

A company-wide commitment to environmental stewardship from the shop floor to top management has led Phillips Plastics Corporation — with facilities in Phillips, Eau Claire, Hudson, New Richmond, Medford, Men-omonie and Prescott — to save more than $750,000 on its energy bills each year. This will not only help the manufacturer save money, but protect the environment and keep jobs in Wisconsin.

Phillips Plastics Corporation received $400,000 in financial incentives from Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide resource for energy efficiency and renewable energy, to complete energy saving projects that will save more than 8.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 78,000 therms of natural gas annually-enough energy to power 940 Wisconsin homes for a year.

Multiple projects
Since 2002, Phillips Plastics has completed energy assessments at all 15 of its buildings to find cost-effective ways to save energy including traditional applications, innovative technologies, energy management plans and high-performance equipment upgrades.

Major projects include:
• Numerous plant-wide lighting upgrades, including advanced controls where appropriate
• Adding variable speed drives on heating, cooling and ventilation equipment at multiple sites
• Installing energy efficient compressed air equipment
• Upgrading ventilation equipment in multiple sites
• Installing cutting edge chilled water technology at two sites
• Completing numerous feasibility studies to determine which projects to pursue

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