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CalPortland Rillito Cement Plant Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

PRESS RELEASE: GLENDORA, CA (11/19/2013)- The CalPortland Rillito Cement Plant has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“CalPortland is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said David Bittel, Plant Manager. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Earning ENERGY STAR certification highlights Rillito Cement Plant’s status within the top 25 percent of Cement Plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. CalPortland improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its plants.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, CalPortland took the following actions:

  • CalPortland utilizes an extensive Energy Management program to promote energy efficiency best practices at each of its facilities and for all of its employee’s
  • The Rillito Cement Plant installed a kiln expert control system to reduce the kiln process fuel intensity
  • The Rillito Cement Plant completed the installation of a new gas conditioning tower with a baghouse modification that led to a 2.6 Million kWh/year savings

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR® label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR®.

About CalPortland Company

CalPortland Company is a major producer of cement, concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. Founded in 1891 with the principle of providing unsurpassed quality, CalPortland remains a leader in the industry through its commitment to quality, customer service, technical support and environmental leadership. The company maintains its headquarters in Glendora, California and operates in the Western U.S. and two Canadian Provinces. For more information about CalPortland Company, visit www.calportland.com