Penda Corporation Saves Thousands Through Strategic Energy Management
Commercial and industrial customers with demanding energy needs often aren’t sure how to consistently achieve energy performance improvements. But with the help of a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) initiative, large energy users can more effectively set energy efficiency goals, track progress, and report operational impacts. Administered by Leidos, Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Large Energy Users program incorporates SEM as part of its regular customer engagement to provide operational improvements and long-term energy savings.
Based in Portage, WI, Penda Corporation is a leading manufacturer of thermoformed plastic products used by the aircraft and automotive industries. Due to its energy-intensive production processes, the company sought out ways it could improve operational efficiencies and achieve substantial energy savings. Penda discovered that SEM could deliver significant cost savings by focusing on continuous improvement within its buildings. With the help of Focus on Energy and Leidos, Penda Corporation used SEM to determine no- or low-cost operational improvements as well as to identify other energy-saving projects that could be implemented in its facilities. Incentives to fund SEM efforts and subsequent projects were provided by Focus on Energy and the local utility, Alliant Energy.
The relationship between Penda, Alliant Energy, Leidos, and Focus on Energy began with one or two projects and has developed into a comprehensive, ongoing effort that touches every operation through the SEM process. A clear illustration of the company’s success with SEM is the impact of an oven retrofit project. The project generated savings of $35,000 per upgraded oven and yielded a return on investment within two years. Additionally, the upgrades virtually eliminated oven maintenance downtime – saving Penda thousands of dollars in lost production time.
“Our combined efforts keep energy management top of mind, and it shows,” said Bill Lumsden, a Leidos energy advisor for the project. “Penda is on board with the relationship 100 percent and is one of our top performers. Their enthusiasm and energy initiatives are yielding positive results.”
Due to its unique approach to energy management, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance have recognized the Focus on Energy program with several industry awards for its exemplary achievements with large energy users – including Penda Corporation.
“Leidos can assist on energy savings projects from many different angles, like technical support, portable sub-metering, custom grants, rebates, low-cost financing, and Strategic Energy Management support,” Lumsden said. “We’d like to help more large energy users find success with their energy savings projects.”
Leidos designs, implements, and manages performance-based energy efficiency and demand-side management programs across the U.S., from Hawaii to New York. Learn more about our innovative approaches to energy efficiency programs – including SEM.