In 2017, we continued to make progress toward our energy reduction goal, resulting in reduced energy use exceeding 62,000 MMBtu.
When combined with our results since 2012, this fulfills 93 percent of our target of 692,000 MMBtu by 2020.
Normalized direct energy (MMBtu/sales tonnage) in 2017 was 1.75, and normalized indirect energy (kWh/sales tonnage) in 2017 was 285, with indirect energy efficiency improving from the prior-year level. We are currently on pace to achieve our 2020 goal.
Renewable Energy Initiatives
We continue to support the renewable energy markets by subscribing to community solar gardens at five manufacturing locations, including a co-sponsorship with Westar Energy for its first community solar garden near Wichita, Kan., where we manufacture most of our Hormel® Natural Choice® bacon products.
Recent Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption
590KKilowatt Hours Saved
Dan’s Prize (Browerville and Long Prairie, Minn.)
Our Dan’s Prize team installed over 250 LED fixtures, over 20 variable frequency device motor starters, four high-speed refrigeration doors and two high-efficient battery chargers. These changes resulted in a savings of more than 590,000 kilowatt hours of electricity — enough to offset the consumption of over 49,000 gallons of gasoline.*
265KKilowatt Hours Saved
Jennie-O Turkey Store (Barron, Wis.)
Our Jennie-O Turkey Store team replaced the control system for their clean-up water pumps, resulting in a savings of more than 265,000 kilowatt hours of electricity — enough to offset over 480,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle for one year.*
325KKilowatt Hours Saved
Skippy Foods (Little Rock, Ark.)
Our Skippy Foods team replaced a condenser and updated system controls to reduce refrigeration system energy consumption. This project resulted in a savings of 325,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and approximately 2.5 million gallons of water. The energy savings is enough to offset the electricity use for one year for 26 homes.*