DOE Recognizes Neenah’s Whiting Mill in Wisconsin as 50001 Ready

October 18, 2018. The energy management system at the Neenah Inc. paper mill in Whiting, Wisconsin recently attained 50001 Ready status. The mill’s energy team considers 50001 Ready a useful way to enhance its ongoing efforts to streamline daily operations at the mill, reduce its energy footprint, and capitalize on utility incentives to save energy. The mill uses electricity and natural gas to produce a range of fine papers for global markets and is committed to the responsible use of natural resources. 

“Like many major energy users, Neenah Inc.’s Whiting mill has been working closely with a utility-funded program to improve its energy performance,” said Jay Wrobel, Manager of Technical Assistance for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office. “Attainment of 50001 Ready gives the mill the recognition it richly deserves for these efforts and will help the facility sustain and expand its energy savings over time.”

Procedures prompted by 50001 Ready strengthen the procedures and systems that the mill implemented through its work with Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program. Connecting monthly energy savings to specific energy activities and projects enables the mill’s Energy Team to incorporate its most successful measures into other parts of the mill. 50001 Ready also confirms the ongoing value of the mill’s energy management system (EnMS) in generating continuous savings and has further elevated awareness of energy efficiency within Neenah’s workforce. The mill’s energy management activities have clarified standard operating procedures and work instructions, helping to improve safety and operational efficiency at the mill while also reducing maintenance and downtime.

“Implementing a structured energy management program as part of 50001 Ready helped the Neenah Inc. Whiting Mill discover the benefits of energy efficiency,” said Jon Waterman, Process Engineer at the Neenah Inc. Whiting Mill. “Projects that provide energy savings are facilitated by our relationship with Focus on Energy to ensure timely completion within budget.”  

Learn more about Neenah’s 50001 Ready activities and the resulting benefits. 

The U.S. Department of Energy's 50001 Ready program recognizes facilities and organizations that practice ISO 50001-based energy management. The program does not require any external audits or certifications and is a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement leading to deeper, sustained savings. Find out more about continuous energy improvement and 50001 Ready >>