San Diego — Universal Plastic Mold Inc. is cutting costs, but not through ways that would hit workers' pocketbooks.
Instead, the custom molder and logistics provider is installing an energy storage system to control its utility costs, adding in-house training for its 190 employees and providing extra guidance to reduce workplace injuries.
To reduce its electric bill, UPM is installing an energy storage system that will help it avoid peak kilowatt usage. Southern California Edison charges more for energy used during peak periods.
Stem Inc. of Millbrae, Calif., is installing a 264-kilowatt automated energy storage system, which should bring peak usage under control.
"If we manage the peak point, we can keep our rate lower," UPM President Jason Dowling said in an interview Nov. 15 in UPM's booth at the Job Shop Co. Inc.'s Design-2-Part trade show in San Diego.
"We expect to have it installed by the end of December," he said. Stem owns the system and has an operating service agreement with UPM.
Once the Stem project is in place, Stem as the owner will apply for financial benefits under the California Public Utilities Commission's self-generation incentive program. SGIP provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer's side of the utility meter.
In addition, UPM plans a solar energy project soon with "a rooftop system along with a new covered storage area of 30,000 square feet," Dowling said. "We would also cover our parking lot and add panels there."
UPM is located on 7.5 acres. The main plant is 100,000 square feet with warehousing in an existing 30,000 square feet under covered storage.