Thanks to our Custom Rebate programs, Heron Lake Bio Energy is saving money and helping the environment.
The ethanol-producing facility in Heron Lake, Minnesota, produces 59 million gallons of ethanol annually. That is sold to petroleum marketers in Minnesota and across the nation as a clean-burning, high-octane fuel additive.
“Installing energy-efficiency technology in our facility is expected to increase productivity and energy savings while reducing our impact on the environment,” said Brodie McKeown, Heron Lake Bio Energy plant manager. “Through our continued partnership with Alliant Energy, our company is working to ensure that we are good stewards of the environment and producing a quality product.”
Heron Lake Bio Energy expects to achieve annual savings of more than 2.25 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. That will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 metric tons each year – the equivalent to removing about 330 passenger vehicles from roadways.
The company recently completed several energy efficiency projects to install new lighting, an air conditioning unit and variable frequency drive motors. Motor systems can account for about 60 percent to 70 percent of the total electricity used in an industrial facility. Energy expenditures can be 10 percent or more of the total operating cost.
In addition to the anticipated energy savings, the company received a $235,006 rebate for the projects.
“Heron Lake Bio Energy is doing their part to reduce energy costs and their impact on the environment,” said Rebecca Gisel, Alliant Energy key account manager. “Heron Lake Bio Energy is a great example of a company that is incorporating energy efficiency technology into their production processes. The results demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits that energy efficiency can provide for the company, their customers and our communities.”