U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
Paper Company Identifies $2.9 Million in Annual Savings
May 3, 2004
Blue Heron Paper Company: Oregon Mill Uses Model-Based Energy Assessment to Identify Energy and Cost Savings Opportunities. (PDF 394 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
Blue Heron Paper Company conducted a model-based energy assessment to determine how to reduce effluent flow and heat load, minimize fresh water, and reduce process energy use at the company's Oregon City, Oregon, paper mill. Assessment staff recommended 15 projects, 7 of which the company considered. These projects would save an estimated 608,000 million British thermal units per year in natural gas and 1,000 kilowatt-hours per year in electricity. Corresponding annual cost savings would be about $2.9 million per year. Furthermore, by reducing fuel requirements for the plant steam system, Blue Heron would also reduce stack gas emissions.