General Motors received the Corporate Energy Management of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers. The award recognizes GM’s leadership in energy efficiency and renewable energy. General Motor’s Shreveport Assembly Center also received an award under the “Energy Project of the Year” for efficient energy management.

General Motors has reduced energy use at its global manufacturing plants by 15% over the last five years. They have decreased BTU usage by 17.6 trillion. The energy they use per vehicle being assembled has dropped 18%. These cuts reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million metric tons.

“Constantly increasing the energy efficiency of our vehicles and the manufacturing plants that build them is an important goal for General Motors,” said Thomas W. Neelands, Global Director, GM Energy and Utilities Services. “This recognition from AEE means a great deal to us because our peers in the energy business-the people who manage energy for their livelihood-nominate and vote for the winner. It is a great honor.”

Every general Motors plant has specific goals and targets set for energy conservation. “Many of our plants were built when energy use was not as important as it is today,” said Neelands. “Much of our work focuses on making constant, incremental improvements in energy efficiency in our buildings and our processes.”

General Motors is focused on renewable energy sources and uses renewable energy in the North American manufacturing sector. 2% of its energy comes from renewable energy sources such as hydro, solar, and landfill gas. General Motors is one of the largest users of landfill gases and the sum of the 6 GM facilities is equivalent to the energy needed to heat over 25000 homes annually.

They have a solar photovoltaic installation in California and one under construction. The solar array in Rancho Cucamonga is one of the largest in the United States. It provides half the operations electricity and reserves are sent back to the local power grid. Recent output provided enough power for 210 homes for a month.

“At General Motors, we understand that efficiently managing our energy resources is a win-win. It is good for our business as well as the environment,” said Neelands.




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