November 3, 2008
MillerCoors Golden and Shenandoah Breweries Recognized By Department of Energy
MillerCoors recently was recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) for implementing energy-saving initiatives to reduce electricity and natural gas usage at its Golden, Colo. and Shenandoah, Va. breweries. Both breweries received the DOE Energy Saver Award.
According to Dennis Puffer, chief operations and supply chain officer for MillerCoors, the DOE annually presents awards to individual plants and companies for actively pursuing energy-saving opportunities identified through a Save Energy Now energy assessment. By implementing the assessment recommendations, the Shenandoah and Golden plants have reduced energy use by approximately 18 percent in the last two years.
Through the DOE assessment, plant employees learned about the types and costs of energy use. "Employees also learned about the impact they can have by implementing energy conservation practices," Puffer said. He added that work teams -- from the warehouse to the can lines -- implemented a variety of projects to reduce energy, including:
-- making energy efficiency a key performance measurement;
-- implementing energy conservation best practices on the electrical and steam distribution systems to increase operational efficiency;
-- implementing lights out shutdown process for non-operating holidays;
-- incorporating energy efficiency into capital improvement projects - the new brewing process at the Shenandoah plant utilized highly energy efficient equipment and processes; and
-- installing additional utility metering in order to better facilitate energy focused improvement efforts.
Save Energy Now is a national initiative of DOE's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) to drive a 25 percent reduction in industrial energy intensity over 10 years. Through Save Energy Now, ITP conducts no-cost energy assessments at U.S. manufacturing facilities around the country to identify and promote ways to reduce energy use in key industrial energy systems. Save Energy Now assessments help U.S. manufacturing facilities save an average of $2 million, or eight percent of their total energy costs.
Save Energy Now assessments are tailored to meet the needs of all sizes of plants. Major industrial plants are assessed by a DOE Energy Expert, while smaller to mid-sized plants are assessed by an Industrial Assessment Center. Nearly 20 percent of the plants assessed in 2007 received a Save Energy Now award.
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also imports Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages. MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel's 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.