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It takes energy to run a sawmill and make our wood products. Fortunately, we have a steady supply of a renewable, carbon-neutral fuel source in the form of biomass (the bark, chips, wood residuals and other organic byproducts of our manufacturing process).

We meet 73 percent of our energy needs from our biomass. Quite simply, we turn our residuals into energy — a double win for our bottom line and the environment.

For the remainder of our energy needs, we purchase electricity and fuel to power our wood products mills.

We are committed to reducing energy intensity (energy per unit of product we produce) by 25 percent between 2009 and 2020. We are on-track to meeting this goal — by the end of 2016, our energy efficiency improved by 15 percent.

Some gains are simple, like turning off lights and equipment not in use, while others require capital investments to upgrade to new equipment or modify existing machinery.

Our capital improvements need to perform double duty, introducing energy savings but also production efficiencies.

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In addition to supplying other mills, companies and utilities with biomass, a renewable, carbon-neutral fuel, our timberlands also offer the opportunity to not only provide sustainable products, but clean, renewable energy, too, such as wind and solar power.

To harness wind and solar potential, we partner with reputable industry leaders who take the lead identifying, evaluating, permitting and building projects.

After a thorough evaluation and permitting process, we grant easements on our lands to qualified third parties who use our property to create power and allow us to develop additional revenue.


Boosting energy efficiency at our mills

Three employee-driven projects are reducing energy use at our veneer mill in Sweet Home, Oregon:

  • The team installed new software to allow the boiler's combustion chambers to run independently of each other. Now, the boiler can be fine-tuned to match demand and burn less fuel.
  • They also rolled out seven pre-conditioning vats to soak logs in hot water so the logs can easily be peeled into veneer. Previously, hot water was sent to the vats all at once and allowed to cool, requiring the vats to consistently be replenished with hot water. Now, the water temperature is maintained at a more constant temperature and requires less energy.
  • A new product inserter allows floor-dried veneer to be added back to the production line in a more efficient spot. Because it's located after the dryer in the production line, double drying of some veneer is prevented and energy use is reduced.