Our goal is to reduce energy consumption at our U.S. manufacturing facilities by 10 percent of MMBTUs per thousand pounds of production by the end of fiscal year 2011 using fiscal year 2006 as a benchmark. At the end of 2010, we recorded an overall 1 percent increase in energy consumption compared to the fiscal year 2006 benchmark. In fiscal year 2010, direct energy consumption decreased 6 percent compared to 2006 levels when normalized for production. Indirect energy consumption increased 9 percent compared to 2006 levels when normalized for production in part due to higher cooling demands. Although indirect energy consumption increased 9 percent, our overall energy use was minimized by implementing energy savings projects in our facilities.

We continue to emphasize energy conservation throughout the organization, and we implemented several significant capital projects designed to reduce energy use in fiscal year 2010. This aspirational goal, along with all of our goals, will be completed at the end of fiscal year 2011. Therefore, we will establish new goals to begin fiscal year 2012 and will report those in the 2012 report.

At our U.S. manufacturing facilities, our direct energy consumption, which is the amount of natural gas, fuel oil and propane used, decreased from 4.06 million MMBTUs in 2009 to 4.00 million MMBTUs in 2010. Our indirect energy consumption, which is the amount of electricity we use, increased from 684 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2009 to 757 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2010. Combined energy use as measured in MMBTUs increased 1 percent in 2010 compared to fiscal year 2006 benchmark.

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Energy Initiatives

Recent projects to reduce energy consumption have included:

  • Heat reclaim in Knoxville, IA: A closed-loop cooling system was designed at our Knoxville, IA, plant that saved water and was specifically designed to maximize heat reclaim for reuse.
  • Alternative Energy: Our engineering team monitors advancements in alternative energy technology, including solar, wind and bio-fuels, and looks for opportunities where this technology can be applied at our operations. For example, we have installed wind turbines at three of our Jennie-O Turkey Store farms and are monitoring their performance to see if additional installations are warranted.
  • In addition to our own initiatives, we receive a certain percentage of renewable energy from our utility providers. For example, we receive power from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), which generates approximately 13.5 percent of its energy from renewable sources; in Stockton, CA, we receive power from PG&E, which generates approximately 14.4 percent of its energy from renewable sources; and in Atlanta, Southern Company generates approximately 2 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

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