Ash Grove Cement today announces that its Durkee, Oregon, cement plant has been awarded the 2016 ENERGY STAR® plant certification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification recognizes the plant’s performance in the top 25 percent of cement manufacturing facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meeting the strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"We’re honored that the EPA has awarded the Ash Grove Cement Company Durkee plant its ENERGY STAR award. This achievement demonstrates our strong commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Terry Kerby, manager of Ash Grove’s cement plant in Durkee, Oregon. “We worked to improve energy efficiency, and by boosting energy efficiency, energy costs are lower for our domestic-made cement.”
The 2016 ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead their industries in the energy-efficient production and sale of products and services, and in the development and adoption of world-class strategies that provide substantial energy and efficiency. Ash Grove Cement Durkee improved its energy performance by strategically managing energy use and making cost-effective improvements to its plant. Ash Grove’s Seattle plant was awarded ENERGY STAR plant certification in 2015.
“The ENERGY STAR is the distinguishing mark of energy efficiency for cement manufacturing plants in the United States and identifies this plant’s status among the most energy-efficient based on its performance in EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Ash Grove Cement Durkee implemented the following actions: