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ENERGY STAR Challenge Open to All Dairy Facilities

Nov 14, 2013

In January 2010, IDFA entered into a partnership agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote energy efficiency in the dairy processing industry. Chief among the activities under the agreement is the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's industrial facilities.

Since the challenge launched in May 2010, 112 dairy facilities have enrolled in the program, representing nearly one-fifth of all manufacturing companies currently participating in the program.

Because the program operates on a rolling enrollment, new facilities are welcome to participate at any time. The enrollment process has changed slightly since IDFA began the program, and now all registrations must be completed online. To learn more about participating, dairy processors may refer to the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Participant Handbook and sign up online at ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.

The Challenge recognizes participating manufacturers that improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more within five years. Many dairy facilities have already gained energy reductions ranging from 10 percent to more than 20 percent since they enrolled. To view company names and percentage improvements, visit “See who has achieved the Challenge.”

"The challenge is open to all industries, not just the beverage or food industry, so our participation stands out and is very much appreciated," said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs. "Thank you to all who have signed up."

Members with questions may contact Detlefsen at

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