AFIA publishes energy management guidelines

New energy guidance published to help feed industry conserve resources, environment and costs in area of energy management.

The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) announced that it has published an updated "Energy Management for the Feed Industry" guidance document to assist the feed industry in resource conservation, environmental preservation and cost reduction in the area of energy management.

The six-chapter guide — drafted by AFIA's Production Compliance, Equipment Manufacturer and Integrator committees — covers state regulations, organizing and developing an energy management program, feed industry audits, calculating energy costs and methods for conserving energy.

The document is designed to help feed manufacturing facilities understand how to develop benchmarks within their companies and offers suggestions for improvement based on the findings.

AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training Keith Epperson explained that "the only way to improve your performance is to measure every aspect of your operation and then develop a plan to make improvements based on those results."

The guide provides details on the key areas of: calculating electric bills and how to reduce electricity usage in a feed facility; energy audits specific to natural gas consumption, operating temperatures of a boiler, peak demand usage and more, and proper maintenance of boilers within a mill, especially if operators are pelleting feed or flaking grain.

"Our goal is for feed mill operators to welcome this document into their facilities as our members always look to become more energy efficient, environmentally sound and up to date with current regulations," Epperson said.

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