BPM, Flambeau River rewarded for energy efficiency
BPM Inc., Peshtigo, WI and Flambeau River Papers, LLC, Park Falls, WI, were honored on May 28 at the Wisconsin Paper Council's Annual Meeting in Neenah, WI, for earning the Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.
With the help of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative, both paper manufacturers have launched energy-saving efforts and continue to investigate new technologies to save energy throughout their mills.
Efficiency efforts both mills have taken include: completing feasibility studies to find innovative, cost-effective ways to save energy; hiring an on-staff energy engineer dedicated to energy efficiency projects; upgrading lighting, steam trap, motor and compressed air systems mill-wide; improving equipment operating efficiency with continued preventive maintenance.
Since 2008, Focus on Energy has awarded more than $125,000 in financial incentives to BPM enabling the company to save over 1.4-million kWh of electricity and 370,000 therms of natural gas annually Ñ enough energy to power 525 Wisconsin homes for a year. The mill will save more than $470,000 in annual energy costs.
While investigating new ways to save energy, BPM recently discovered it could effectively cut the production time for pulping a batch of stock by 50%. By exploring and testing options, the changes will help save more than $55,000 in annual energy costs.
Flambeau River received incentives worth over $175,000 for completing energy efficiency projects at the Park Falls mill. It has saved over 1.4-million kWh of electricity and 1.5 million therms of natural gas Ñ enough energy to power 1,700 homes for a year.
To reduce energy consumption, the mill installed a heat recovery system that captures heat, which is normally lost from the vented steam and hot water system, and recycles that heat and hot water back to the mill. The mill also installed variable speed drives on process pump motors.
Flambeau River will save $1.6 million in annual energy costs.
BPM manufactures specialty and fine papers and packaging solutions. Flambeau River manufactures high-quality, recycled, uncoated freesheet fine printing and writing papers. The mill was restarted in 2006. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.