Peoria Production Shop, located at 2029 W. Townline Road in Peoria, IL is proud to announce that the organization has retained the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Peoria Production Shop has surpassed the mandatory top 25% threshold for certification and ranks in the top 10% for similar facilities, exceeding the requirement by 60%.
“Peoria Production Shop is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Richard Peplow, PPS President and CEO. Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs. We are always seeking ways to lower our operating expenses, and provide better value to our customers through cost containment and continuous improvement.”
Retaining ENERGY STAR certification highlights Peoria Production’s status within the top 10 percent of Distribution Facilities in the nation with regard to energy performance. Peoria Production Shop improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its facility. The north Peoria facility is the only facility in Peoria to attain this designation and receive certification from the EPA.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “ From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Peoria Production Shop took the following actions: Installed high efficient lighting throughout the facility, installed motion detectors in all private offices and warehouse racking aisles, updated the HVAC controls to better monitor temperature and occupancy of the facility, installed timers on Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, and retrofitted exterior lighting to LED technology.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.
Entec Services in Bartonville provided technical and engineering assistance to support Peoria Production Shop’s application as an Energy Star Facility. As part of the energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA standard, personal comfort, air quality, and safety cannot be compromised in order to reduce energy consumption as was monitored and tested by Entec Services to support the application.
Peoria Production Shop is a 75-year-old organization providing employment to individuals with disabilities. The mission of PPS is to be the premiere employer of individuals with disabilities. The mission is accomplished by providing competitive wages and benefits in a safe, encouraging and respectful environment where employees can achieve persona success. The mission is sustained by operating as a self-sufficient, non-profit organization, providing valuable goods an services for customers by utilizing the unique talents of the employees.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities visit www.energystar.gov/buildings/index.cfm.