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J.R. Simplot (AgriBusiness Group)

Energy Performance


25% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2020 from a 2006-2009 average Baseline


16 Plants


Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 1%
Annual (2013) -2%

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Portfolio Energy Performance

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline year. J.R. Simplot's AgriBusiness Group portfolio consists of 10 plants as of 2013. The AgriBusiness Group's energy management program emphasizes staff training and use of an internally-developed Best Practices guide. Despite implementing many energy efficiency projects, group-wide energy intensity improvement is 1% since the baseline year and has worsened over the past two years. This is due to expansion and construction projects that use energy and hurt production; and new projects not performaning as well as anticipated.

Energy Performance by Facility

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Performance, as measured by energy intensity compared to the baseline year of 2009, has lagged at several AgriBusiness Group facilities due to temporary production shutdowns. However, three facilities have exceeded 15% improvement in energy intensity, and one of those has improved by over 25%.

Method for Calculating Energy Performance

JR Simplot's AgriBusiness Group includes mines, pumping stations, and fertilizer plants and calculates energy intensity at the plant level, in terms of source energy consumed (in MMBtus) divided by physical output from each plant measured in tons. Relative intensities among the plants vary significantly because the plants make different types of products. Because of this, corporate level energy intensity improvement is calculated by taking a weighted average of the plant level improvement (in percentage terms). Simplot's AgriBusiness Group used an average of its 2006-2009 consumption to develop a baseline year. This was done because a four-year average evened out the significant production variation Simplot experienced from year-to-year over that time period. Note: Simplot tracks energy intensity separately at its Food and AgriBusiness Groups. The table at the right, however, displays plant and energy consumption totals across both business groups.


2009 16 12,232,280
2010 16 12,384,184
2011 16 12,509,018
2012 16 12,632,004
2013 16 12,687,187