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There are more than 20 corrugated, paperboard and packaging facilities all over the U.S. that cut their electrical usage by 10 to 20 percent or more in 2012, adding up to millions of dollars in bottom line savings, thanks to a customized solution installed by WPS Global Inc.

Let’s take a look at two energy-cutting trends your corrugated/sheet plant should be pursuing in 2013.

How Will YOU Cut Energy Costs in 2013?

Among Inc. Magazine’s “9 Ways to Cut Energy Costs” is to Take Advantage of Tax Credits. The online publication explains that the federal stimulus package created and extended tax incentives for green initiatives, such as a 30 percent investment tax credit for renewable-energy systems. It suggests you don’t miss out on other reprieves from sources besides the federal government. For a list of state offerings, see the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency,dsireusa.org. The site also features information about rebates for installing renewable-energy and energy-efficient systems.

You may recall a recent success story from WPS Global customer Northern Sheets. To help offset the cost of installing the energy reduction system WPS Global had prepared for its facility, Northern Sheets researched the incentives available to it from the State of California. The company learned of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) rebates and incentives to encourage area businesses to invest in energy efficiency. The rebate helped Northern Sheets cover the costs of the installation of a customized energy management solution from WPS Global, which in turn has already cut the facility’s energy costs by 15%. Read more

Dirty Electricity is the Culprit

Picture2Rising energy costs are forcing corrugated, paperboard and packaging facilities alike to look for every opportunity to reduce usage. Over two dozen corrugated and sheet feeder operations, for example, have embraced WPS Global’s proprietary technology to ensure that the equipment running in their plants is not using more power than needed.

WPS Global’s kilowatt reduction system does not affect the performance of a plant’s machines. “On the contrary,” says Bill Berhmann, senior systems desiger, WPS Global, “It protects them from dirty electricity — an inconsistent supply of power.” The system conditions the power inside the facility, feeding the equipment the electricity it needs, and not allowing it to draw any more than what it is expected to draw.

Behrmann says WPS Global can save any corrugated or sheet plant money, even if it has newer equipment. “You would think with newer machinery you wouldn’t see much savings, but it is susceptible to power fluctuations. We can save everybody money,” says Behrmann.  He explains that part of the process is the tracking. If the tracking isn’t correct then customers don’t see the full benefit of the system. “We’ve never not went in and saved the company money,” he adds. “We’ve learned in the past that if we don’t do our end of it or if tracking isn’t correct we’re not showing the customer exactly what we’re saving them.”

Where Will You Start?

According to Inc. Magazine, you should Start by Benchmarking, that is, evaluating your energy use. Although you can do this yourself, there are also online tools to aid in the process. The EPA’s Energy Star program, at energystar.gov, offers a set of tools called Portfolio Manager to gauge a company’s energy and water use.

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Behrmann agrees. WPS Global customizes each customer solution based on the type of equipment the plant is running, its layout and electricity usage. “We begin the process with an audit of electricity usage,” explains Behrmann. “From there we will design a system that will clean the power and protect the equipment.”

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WPS then presents a proposal for customer approval. Upon customer approval, the system is installed, which involves the use and set-up of proprietary energy management equipment. WPS Global customers can either purchase or lease the system’s equipment. The company provides a savings contract that guarantees that the equipment will save the plant money.

Behmrann’s proposals estimate savings of 10 percent within a payback period. He explains, “If we estimate a 10% payback within two years and we miss that by 1 month, 6 months or whatever, we’ll make-up the difference that we missed our mark by.” After dozens of installations, Behrmann says he has never had to pay the difference.

So, how will your business cut energy costs this year? Ask any WPS Global customer and they’ll advise you to contact WPS Global for a one-on-one consultation. There’s no easier way to guarantee your business a 10 percent electrical savings. Contact us today.