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Food storage firm hits 12% energy savings

By Jenni Spinner+

11-Aug-2014

New Orleans Cold Storage has implemented a plan from Cascade Energy to cut its energy consumption at its facilities.
New Orleans Cold Storage has implemented a plan from Cascade Energy to cut its energy consumption at its facilities.

The oldest cold-storage company in the US has implemented an energy management plan that has put it on the path to cutting its power bills by 12%.

New Orleans Cold Storage engaged with Cascade Energy, a company specializing in energy management consultation, to streamline efficiency at its facilities. The firm reports implementing the plan has led to up to 12% energy savings at one facility.

Making a difference

Josh Bachman, senior engineer and director of customer engagement for Cascade Energy, told FoodProductionDaily even a modest cut in energy consumption can lead to a big difference for companies all along the food supply chain.

"Energy is typically the second highest cost for big industrial companies; New Orleans Cold Storage is taking an aggressive and comprehensive approach to energy management," he said. "We will work with the NOCS team to build a long-term, ongoing strategy that will help control and significantly reduce their energy spend."

Seeing results

Bachman said the cold-storage company decided to implement a company-wide energy management program after seeing results at its Jourdan Road site, which hit $160,000 in savings the first year alone.

We're looking forward to supporting the growth of their energy program through a combination of measurement, benchmarking, tune-ups, capital projects, as well as on-site training and technical support,” Bachman said.

Cascade Energy’s support team works with companies like New Orleans Cold Storage to come up with an arsenal of tools and support to reduce energy consumption at their industrial facilities. The goal is to implement changes that cut down on consumption without the need for high-price capital projects; the progress of each management plan is tracked through the firm’s SENSEI software and efficiency program.

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