The teleconference is being produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest Food Processors Association, and the Food-processing Industry Resource Efficiency Team. The program has application to all manufacturing sectors, including the nation’s third largest sector, food processing. Anyone responsible for managing or controlling energy costs and who is interested in improving productivity and profitability is encouraged to attend.
The teleconference will focus on sound, proven management strategies as well as innovative technologies and techniques used to reduce energy costs, increase productivity, and maximize profits. The following experts will share how they have saved energy and reduced costs at their facilities: Al Halverson, Group Manager Energy/Utilities, Frito Lay; Glen Lewis, Director, Energy & Indirect Procurement, Del Monte Foods; Patrick Healy, Environmental Manager, Fetzer Vineyards; Pat Avery, VP AgriBusiness, J.R. Simplot Co.; and Garrett Smith, COGENTECH, Inc. Also, Jeff Bush, VP, Sempra Energy Solutions, will give an overview of the U.S. energy picture. A question and answer session will allow participants to ask questions of the experts and hear their replies on the air.
Chris Russell, Industrial Director, Alliance to Save Energy will be the teleconference moderator. There will also be special appearances by U.S. Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon (member of the Senate Energy Committee and a food processor); Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Manager, Industrial Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy, and Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute.