Staff and membership personnel look at energy efficiency practices at Colorado dairy

Tri-State, in partnership with its member systems, is a strong supporter of promoting energy efficient practices and products through its long-standing Energy Efficiency Products (EEP) program that offers financial incentives for new technologies such as LED and induction lighting that help dairy operators reduce their energy costs.  In support of that endeavor, Tri-State member services staff, along with employees from United Power, Morgan County REA and High West Energy, recently (Feb. 20) boarded a bus to embark on an energy efficiency tour of a local dairy operation.

View of milking parlor at the Shelton Dairy near La Salle, Colo.

View of milking parlor at the Shelton Dairy near La Salle, Colo.

The tour, hosted by the Western Dairy Association, in collaboration with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and the Colorado Energy Office, was of the 2,300-cow, Shelton Dairy near La Salle, Colo.

The purpose of the tour was to learn about some of the many energy saving opportunities that are available at these types of dairy operations and discuss some of the efficiency gains that have already been achieved as a result of an energy audit that was conducted at this farm with the help of EnSave, a firm that specializes in energy efficiency in agriculture, along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Newborn calves at the Shelton Dairy, which was toured recently by Tri-State member services staff.

Newborn calves at the Shelton Dairy, which was toured recently by Tri-State member services staff.

Representing Tri-State on the tour were Patsy Landaveri, member services specialist, and Keith Emerson, marketing and energy services coordinator.

Emerson noted that Tri-State has provided incentives for two dairy relighting projects through the EEP program that have yielded significant savings for those member-served operations.

“New research has also shown that dairy cows that are exposed to 18 hours of daylight produce an average of 8 percent more milk.  So, energy efficient lighting at dairy operations may be even more beneficial than we originally estimated,” said Emerson.

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