Glanbia Foods has been recognized by Idaho Power as one of its Top 10 Energy Efficiency Program Participants for 2012. Glanbia Foods' energy-saving measures will save more than three million kilowatt-hours per year - which placed the company second on Idaho Power's Top 10 List.
Because of extensive energy upgrades Glanbia made at their Twin Falls and Gooding processing plants, Idaho Power paid Glanbia over $235,000 in incentives.
"Glanbia Foods has been one of our greatest partners in our efforts to encourage energy effectiveness," said Chris Pollow, Idaho Power senior engineer. "Their engagement in energy efficiency practices helps them reduce their energy use and helps us keep rates among the lowest in the nation," he said.
According to Steve Maughan, senior project manager at Glanbia, numerous energy efficiency upgrades were made at these facilities last year to help conserve electricity and qualify for Idaho Power incentives.
"At our Twin Falls plant, we upgraded the refrigeration systems and installed motor controls that enabled our processing systems to run more efficiently," Maughan explained. "In Gooding, we upgraded lighting and building systems. As a result of these changes, we saved over 3 million kilowatts in 2012, enough electricity to power 750 average-sized Idaho homes in one year," he said.
Glanbia Foods has participated in Idaho Power's energy efficiency programs since 2007, saving over nine million kilowatts.
"A portion of the money we save on our electricity use is returned by Idaho Power which in turn allows us to use that money for business growth and investment," said Glanbia CEO/president Jeff Williams. "We are keen on being energy conscious and we will continue to do whatever we can in the future to save energy. We know that saving energy is not only good for Glanbia, but it helps to offset Idaho Power's energy demand and future plant needs. Energy savings is a win-win for everyone," Williams said.