Ford enters HVAC optimization contract for transmission plant, - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Industrial  -  July 7, 2016

Ford enters $5.7M energy savings contract for plant HVAC optimization

Ford Motor Co. has entered into a $5.7 million energy savings performance contract intended to optimize the HVAC system at one of its transmission plants.

The energy efficiency initiative rolls into the automakers broader five-year goal to improve operational energy use per vehicle globally by 25% by the end of the year. Going forward, Ford is targeting a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2010 to 2025 on a per-vehicle basis. 

"This project aligns with Ford objectives to identify and implement energy waste reduction projects," Jeff White, Ford's corporate energy efficiency manager said in a July 6 news release.

The contract with infrastructure, national security and health solutions company Leidos will improve energy efficiency at Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Mich. The plant manufactures a six-speed transmission used in models including the Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition. Work at the 3.3 million-square-foot plant is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Ford uses performance contracting as a financing tool to upgrade and replace infrastructure at its plants, commercial buildings and research facilities, according to the July 6 news release. The approach enables the company to replace inefficient equipment while funding the capital investment over time through the energy savings provided by the new equipment.

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