Stimson Lumber Co. of St. Maries was awarded the 2014 State of Idaho Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency.
The award, created by Gov. Butch Otter, recognizes, as he does, that energy efficiency has become a source of both cost reduction and market advantage. In 2013, Stimson Lumber completed a chip-conveyer system conversion, made upgrades to their waste management system and retrofitted the lighting at their St. Maries facility, the kind of upgrades industry and other businesses need to make to be competitive in a time when electricity prices are rising.
Stimson’s retrofits saved 980,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and a safer timber mill.
“By pursuing these opportunities, we free up capacity on our transmission system, make energy available to help Idaho businesses expand, and we assist our mills in becoming more economically competitive,” Otter said.