SOURCE: Cascade Energy, Inc.

Industrial Energy Efficiency

February 26, 2015 09:00 ET

OSI Expands Energy Management Program Into Five Facilities, Following Successful Pilot With Cascade Energy

The Partnership Builds on Cascade Energy's Previous Work, Providing Energy Management Services to OSI's Oakland, Iowa Food Processing Facility

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - February 26, 2015) - Cascade Energy today announced an agreement with OSI, a world leader in providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry, in support of OSI's plan to deepen their energy efficiency efforts and expand their single-facility pilot program into five additional plants.

In 2013, Cascade Energy and OSI launched a pilot program at OSI's Oakland, IA facility that involved: 

  • Setting up an energy measurement, tracking, benchmarking, and reporting system.
  • Performing a tune up on the facility's refrigeration, compressed air, and high-pressure water pump systems.
  • Delivering a final report, listing action items to be implemented.
  • Engaging OSI site staff to assist with the action item implementation.
  • Reviewing system performance to drive additional energy savings.

Cascade introduced SENSEI®, their energy management system software, to OSI engineers and operators. SENSEI incorporates real-time energy use, production, and weather data to provide visibility into true energy performance. At the Oakland site, OSI used SENSEI to assign, record, and track action items and monitor the resulting energy savings.

During the course of the initial tune up, and after observing Cascade's engineers walk through the OSI facility and quickly identify sources of inefficiency, OSI Oakland General Manager Mike Koranda responded, "I want our operators and technicians to be able to spot any other possible system inefficiencies and fixes like that!" Cascade developed a two-day industrial refrigeration best practices training program specifically for the OSI team to impart thorough knowledge of the system and give them the ability to propose appropriate solutions for their facility.

As of November 2014, OSI Oakland has saved over four million kWh and over $295,000. Based on the success of the training and tune up results at the Oakland plant, OSI is excited to roll out a three-year program to five more facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah. Cascade and OSI will work together to help meet OSI's companywide goal of 10% energy intensity reduction by 2020.

OSI will focus on developing:

  • Executive support and commitment
  • Site-specific energy goals
  • Dedicated roles and responsibilities for program implementation at each site
  • Program performance monitoring through energy key performance indicators

Cascade will provide support for the program in the form of:

  • Onsite energy efficiency tune-ups that identify and implement low/no-cost energy savings opportunities
  • Training on refrigeration system best practices
  • Cascade's proprietary energy management information software, SENSEI
  • Technical support over the three-year program to help facilitate continuous improvement

"OSI is taking an aggressive and comprehensive approach to energy management," said Cascade Energy CEO Marcus Wilcox. "We are excited to build on the success of the Oakland facility, and look forward to our continued partnership, working side-by-side with the OSI team, to strategically manage energy costs."

About Cascade Energy
Cascade Energy is one of the largest companies in the nation dedicated to industrial energy efficiency. Cascade's projects save industrial companies around $125 million, and two billion kilowatt-hours per year. To date, the company has completed more than 3,000 projects across a range of industries, including cold storage, foodservice distribution, food processing, agribusiness, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and general manufacturing. Cascade provides services to about half the industrial sites in the Northwest and to many more customers throughout North America and abroad. With a full complement of services and engineering know-how based on over 20 years of hands-on experience, Cascade has a proven track record of reducing industrial energy consumption and costs. For more information, visit cascadeenergy.com.

About OSI
For 60 years, OSI Group, LLC has been a global leader in supplying value-added protein items and other food products to leading foodservice and retail brands. It is a privately held corporation with more than 60 facilities in 16 countries. The company's global headquarters is located outside of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois, USA. For more information, visit osigroup.com.

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