O&G Industries ups solar power sourcing in tandem with Energy Star pilot

Connecticut’s largest privately held construction and heavy building materials producer recently turned the switch on a 1.3-megawatt solar array at its Southbury quarry, ready mixed concrete and asphalt operation. O&G Industries couples the 3,762-panel installation with a 280-kilowatt energy storage system that will augment power supply during peak demand cycles—especially early morning hours when the sun isn’t strong enough to keep the array at full output while concrete, aggregate and asphalt production startup spikes electricity use.

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Energy Star cement mills log Btu savings by the trillions

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Thirteen portland cement plants earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Certification for 2019: Alamo Cement Co., San Antonio; Argos USA, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Brooksville and Miami, Fla.; GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo.; Salt River Materials, Clarkdale, Ariz.; plus, Titan America, Medley, Fla. and Troutville, Va. 

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American Cement, CalPortland, Lehigh plants join Energy Star Industrial roster

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

American Cement Co., CalPortland Co. and Texas Lehigh Cement Co. mills in Florida, California and Texas are among 15 plants earning EPA Energy Star Industrial Program certification for the first time in 2017. Of 93 Industrial facilities certified last year, 25 mill portland cement.

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CalPortland approaches $100M in Energy Star-rooted savings

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

A 1.1 percent energy intensity reduction across ready mixed concrete, cement and aggregate operations, totaling $682,000 in savings, has netted CalPortland the 2017 EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Efficiencies attained in 2016 bring the West Coast producer to 15.6 percent energy intensity reduction and $96 million cumulative savings since 2003. 

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Empowered employees help Titan America mark a decade in EPA Energy Star ranks

Titan America’s Roanoke Cement in Virginia has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for a tenth consecutive year, while sister Pennsuco operation in Florida marks nine years of certification. To qualify for Energy Star, plants must perform in the top 25 percent of cement mills nationwide for total energy efficiency (thermal and electrical) and meet strict EPA performance levels.

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Multifamily lender lowers interest rates for LEED-certified projects

As part of its Multifamily Green Initiative, Fannie Mae is granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a refinance, acquisition or supplemental mortgage loan for a multifamily property carrying certification or recognition under U.S. Green Building Council LEED, EPA Energy Star or Enterprise Green Communities programs. On a $10 million dollar loan amortizing over 30 years, an owner could save $95,000 in interest payments across a 10-year term based on 3.9 percent versus 4 percent market rate.

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Cement companies dominate 2014 EPA Energy Star manufacturing roster

Sources: CP staff; Environmental Protection Agency

Twenty-seven portland cement mills and grinding operations are among 70 manufacturing sites to achieve EPA Energy Star certification for superior performance last year. Through energy management and efficiency initiatives, agency officials note, the entire group reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons and cut power expenditures $725 million.

 
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Multifamily lender lowers interest rates for LEED-certified projects

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As part of its Multifamily Green Initiative, Fannie Mae is granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a refinance, acquisition or supplemental mortgage loan for a multifamily property carrying certification or recognition under USGBC LEED, EPA Energy Star or Enterprise Green Communities programs. On a $10 million dollar loan amortizing over 30 years, an owner would save $95,000 in interest payments across a 10-year term based on 3.9 percent versus 4 percent market rate.

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CalPortland sustains leadership in EPA Energy Star program

Source: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.

As 2014 Energy Star Partner of Year – Sustained Excellence Award recipient, CalPortland will be honored April 29 in Washington, D.C., the recognition earned through what EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe calls the cement, concrete and aggregate producer’s “unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient.”

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