Exceeding the Corporate Standard for Energy Efficient and Sustainability at Saint-Gobain's Albion, New York Facility by Craig Avalone (Former Employee)

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Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest manufacturer of building materials, prides itself on having a strong commitment to sustainability and has therefore set ambitious goals for energy reduction at its North American locations. In 2012 Saint-Gobain’s Albion, NY facility initiated efforts to develop a comprehensive energy management and sustainability program to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions and water consumption. The 220,000 square foot Albion facility operates 24/7. Primary process utility support systems include rotary-screw air compressors, process ventilation and exhaust systems, fire-tube steam boilers, and a RTO to eliminate VOCs from process exhaust streams. Total annual consumption for this facility is about 7.3 million kWh electric, 1.7 million therms gas and 4.9 million gallons water for a total cost of over $1.25 million. Utilizing outside assistance from industrial energy experts CHA Consulting, Saint-Gobain was able to obtain state funding from the NYSERDA to cost-share 2 investment grade energy studies; focused on identifying ECMs to improve efficiency of the compressed air, process exhaust & makeup air, and boiler plant & steam/condensate systems. After thorough review of the systems, recommendations for comprehensive system improvements strategies were assembled and are now in the process of being implemented at the plant. Anticipated savings for the planned projects are of 857,200 kWh in electricity; 362,000 therms of natural gas, and 1 million gallons of water, for a total of $251,400 in annual savings.