Emerson Climate Technologies announced that United Dairy Farmers, a convenience story retailer, has selected the E2 Facility Management System to reduce energy costs across their enterprise. Already installed in a significant number of locations, the retailer plans to upgrade all new and existing stores with the system. United operates nearly 200 convenience stores across Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

After analyzing operational data, United realized that improvements in energy efficiency, maintenance, and product protection needed to be made. By applying E2, United has documented an 8 percent reduction in electrical consumption (kWh) and a 5 percent reduction in demand (kW), according to a statement from Emerson.

E2 manages all lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC systems in a convenience store, including the anti-condensate heaters on glass door display cases. The E2 remotely controls United’s fuel pumps. Built-in peak demand control algorithms and integration with smart utility meters allows United personnel to directly monitor a store’s power usage, shedding non-critical electrical loads when power consumption is in danger of exceeding a desired level.

This demand shedding strategy allows United to minimize electrical demand charges and ensure that stores never exceed their allowable power usage - all without the addition of extra hardware or control systems. Integrating all of these systems into the E2 enables multiple stores to be monitored from a central location, Emerson said.

“With more pressure than ever on operating profits, our use of Emerson’s technologies have delivered greater energy and maintenance savings than any other initiative,” said Brad Lindner, CEO for United. “This helps our store managers focus on delivering the superior customer service United Dairy Farmers is known for, while enabling our operations team to save energy and ensure stores run optimally.”

“We are proud to be working with United Dairy Farmers and are excited that they have chosen to use Emerson’s products and services. It is our goal to improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment,” said Mark Dunson, president, Emerson Climate Technologies, Retail Solutions Division.

Publication date:03/08/2010