DOE recognizes Corn Plus for energy savings

By Holly Jessen | April 15, 2010
Posted May 19, 2010

Corn Plus, a 49 MMgy ethanol plant located near Winnebago, Minn., was recently recognized for outstanding energy efficiency by the U.S. DOE.

The DOE passed out the awards for the third time this year. A total of 56 industrial companies, like Corn Plus, were awarded as Energy Champions for achieving more than 250,000 Btu energy savings, or more than 15 percent energy savings. Another 95 plants were named Energy Savers and achieved more than 75 million Btu energy savings or more than 7.5 percent. "Winning plants and companies were recognized for actively pursuing energy-saving opportunities identified during a 2009 Save Energy Now energy assessment," according to a DOE statement, "which has led to a total of more than $32 million in cost savings and 4 trillion Btu in total energy savings over the past year."

In 2009, more than 500 manufacturing plants applied to have no-cost energy assessments conducted by the DOE or a university-based Industrial Assessment Center. The more than 100 companies honored for energy savings this year were the companies that achieved those energy reduction goals in one year's time.

To win the award, the companies reduced energy bills and carbon emissions. At the same time, those companies were increasing their competitiveness—demonstrating the fact that energy efficiency can help bolster U.S. energy security as well as do good things for the environment and economy, the DOE said. The Industrial Technologies Program is a national initiative of the DOE with the goal of reducing industrial energy use by 25 percent in 10 years. Companies that win these awards are publicly recognized at meetings throughout the year. A full list of award recipients can be found on the Save Energy Now website.