Virtual Partner Site Visit: Ford Energy Plant
Ford Motor Company joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge in 2013, committing to reduce its energy intensity by 25% and water intensity by 30% from a 2011 baseline across 25 of its major U.S. manufacturing plants. By 2021, Ford achieved its 25% energy savings goal in part due to the energy efficiency advancements made at its LEED Gold-certified® Central Energy Plant (CEP) in Dearborn, MI – a three-way partnership between Ford, DTE Electric, and DTE Energy Services. At the 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, Ford showcased its energy efficiency best practices and features of the CEP in a virtual tour, highlighting a mix of sustainable technologies that provide electricity, steam, chilled water, and hot water for campus buildings. The plant is projected to achieve a 50% reduction in campus office space energy and water use.