The U.S. Department of Energy is recognizing the  Cummins Inc. Jamestown engine plant as a showcase project for its Better Buildings Better Plants Challenge.

According to the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website, 146 businesses and other entities have signed a voluntary pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years. Partner organizations, which include Cummins, are implementing cost-effective energy efficiency improvements that save money, create jobs, promote energy security and strengthen the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Collectively, these companies are showing that good energy management practices are good for businesses, the economy and the environment.

Cummins’ director of energy efficiency and environment Mark Dhennin said that energy is a large operating cost at the Jamestown facility. Globally, he said, the company spends about $140 million on energy. About half of that, he said, is electricity costs.

Since 2009, Cummins has invested $29.7 million at the plant on various green initiatives aimed at slashing energy use and cost.

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