National Grid Helps Barilla With Upgrades To Support Sustainability And Energy Savings | Top story
AVON – Barilla America Inc.’s efforts to meet the company’s sustainability goals at its Avon manufacturing facility recently received a boost from National Grid.
The utility company has provided the pasta maker with more than $ 100,000 in energy efficiency incentives and continues to work with the company to identify additional energy and cost savings opportunities to help the plant to operate more efficiently and remain competitive, company and utility officials said. .
At Barilla, recent enhancements include those to the packaging line, where a new fusing system has been installed to hot-bond and secure the ends of cardboard pasta packages that eventually end up on retail store shelves. . Barilla officials believe that the new fusion system – which now uses less adhesive because the glue is applied in a series of small beads instead of longer straight lines – is also easier for staff to use. factory and speeds up the process of heating the glue compared to its less efficient predecessor.
The new cast iron system was helped by an energy efficiency incentive of $ 52,000 from the National Grid and will result in an annual savings of about $ 20,000 in energy costs, according to National Grid officials.
Plus, through a separate retro-commission process Barilla conducted at their 100 Horseshoe Blvd. installation, the company will save approximately $ 33,000 per year in glue costs. Annual energy consumption will also be reduced by about 12,000 kWh, which is slightly more than the amount used by the average US residential utility customer in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
National Grid and Barilla had previously worked together on LED lighting projects for the facility that resulted in a 350,000 kWh reduction in annual energy consumption. The companies also worked on a project related to washing pumps for the manufacturer’s dies, which shape the pastes. The project resulted in a 184,000 kWh reduction in annual energy consumption. The die-wash lighting and pump projects were supported by $ 57,000 in national grid energy efficiency incentives.
Plant manager William Boula said work at the Avon plant reflects the growth of the company, which is also looking to recruit staff.
“’Good for you, good for the planet’ is our mission statement,” Boula said. “And to grow our business responsibly in our various markets, we are constantly thinking about ways to promote sustainability for our business, which includes reducing waste and strengthening relationships with those in our supply chain. Partnerships and incentives like those provided by National Grid always help us, and we will work together to further increase efficiency while reducing costs and our carbon footprint.
National Grid has a long history of working with customers who invest in their facilities to support sustainability initiatives and support growth plans, the utility company said.
“When National Grid works with companies like Barilla to develop innovative solutions, we move closer to a green energy future as we reduce both energy use and carbon footprint,” said National Regional Director Grid, Ken Kujawa, in a press release. “The Fusion System is one of the many Barilla projects we have worked on together, and we look forward to future collaborations. “
National Grid and Barilla are working to identify opportunities for energy savings and additional costs. Projects include upgrading the pasta drying line where more than 500 new energy efficient fans will be installed to reduce noise and energy consumption.
Boula said the new fans are part of a larger company initiative and are being installed in Barilla factories around the world. And while the airflow and drying process will remain the same in the Avon factory, “the switch to fans with different housings and different blades that spin silently will create a better working environment,” a- he declared. “We estimate that the first 79 fans installed will save around 500,000 kWh per year.
National Grid and Barilla are also examining a potential project for the pasta makers’ bag line, where products for the consumer products and catering industries are packaged.
Funding for the Barilla projects has been provided through National Grid’s Energy Efficiency Program, which includes financial incentives for commercial and industrial customers that reduce electricity costs. Incentives are available to customers who install lighting, controls, HVAC equipment, electronic motors / speed governors and other energy efficient systems that reduce energy use and / or improve productivity. In 2021, National Grid provided $ 46 million in incentives under its energy efficiency programs to support electricity and natural gas projects in New York State’s service territory.
Some of the other companies that have benefited from National Grid’s energy efficiency program in recent years:
m Nestlé Purina, which has created a more sustainable working environment and reduced greenhouse gas emissions at its Dunkirk site.
m Linde PLC, which used National Grid incentives to cover up to 19% of the costs of LED lighting projects at its Tonawanda factory.
m The Cummins Engine Plant in Jamestown, where an LED lighting program has resulted in annual savings of $ 425,000 and 2,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.