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Project: Northern Sheets


NORTHERN SHEETS LOGO ThumbBy installing a WPS Global energy-saving system, Northern Sheets wins a government rebate and reduces its energy costs by 15 percent.

Eight months ago, Northern Sheets, McClellan, California, a Schwarz Group managed facility, installed a WPS Global Inc. ( energy management solution in its 80,000 square foot facility. The main goals for the installation were to reduce energy costs and obtain cleaner electricity with fewer spikes and surges.

To help offset the cost of installing the system WPS Global prepared for its facility, Northern Sheets researched the incentives available to them from the State of California. They learned of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) rebates and incentives to encourage area businesses to invest in energy efficiency.

To apply for a rebate, Northern Sheets prepared a project proposal and submitted it through the agency that manages the funds for Sacramento County.

wps-main-switch-gears“The process was not difficult. We simply had to wait until funding was available for our project,” explains Guy DeYoung, general manager, Northern Sheets.

Even without the rebate, Northern Sheets would have made the WPS Global installation investment. “It’s proven to be a valuable tool for surge protection, sustainability initiatives and energy savings,” adds DeYoung. “The rebate is simply icing on the cake.”

Northern Sheets fully expected the installation would achieve a 15 percent reduction in energy costs. And, since the November 2011 installation, the company is already ahead of its target results.

DeYoung is not surprised based on what he’d heard first-hand from other corrugator and sheet feeder plants. Northern Sheets discovered WPS Global by word of mouth. “WPS Global has installed successful energy management solutions within many other Schwarz Group managed facilities. According to DeYoung, those facility managers were very anxious to share how their WPS Global system has resulted in energy savings, improved power quality, lightening protection, and reduced emissions.

The 10 Percent Guarantee makes it a Low-Risk Decision

WPS Global offers a 10 percent reduction guarantee, and combined with flexible leasing options, assures customers a prompt return on their investment. “For example, one of our early adopters chose a 36-month lease payment and earned a positive monthly cash flow during the leasing period. Now post-lease, this sheet feeder enjoys savings that are entirely pure profit,” explains Bill Behrmann, senior systems designer, WPS Global.

Many WPS Global installations have reported kilowatt reduction beyond 10 percent. Niagara Sheets partnered with WPS Global to implement the plan tailored specifically for its Tonawanda New York plant. Just 90 days after WPS Global installed its comprehensive energy solution, Niagara Sheets had already realized a nearly 15 percent reduction in kilowatts consumption compared to the previous year, translating to over $10,000 in savings.



Month % From Average Effect on Energy Bill
September -13.59% ($3,198.14)
October -10.00% ($2,244.01)
November -20.10% ($4,988.33)
Avg Savings To Date -14.56% ($10,430.48)

“The system is designed to benefit high consumers of energy with greater savings, plants operating large equipment, for example, by reducing kilowatt consumption,” says Behrmann. “The custom-designed plan we prepare for each facility requires no equipment or process changes and no investment in resources.”

To find available rebates and incentives, DeYoung recommends facility operators contact their local utility company, and/or the local government agencies that manage energy supplies in their area. The utility and agency websites also can often provide some helpful information.


About WPS Global

WPS Global Inc. is an energy management organization serving corrugated, paperboard and packaging businesses. By creating a facility-specific plan, selecting equipment and placing it based on the customer’s particular needs, a WPS Global solution quickly translates to significant and enduring electrical savings for at least 15 years. After WPS Global conducts a comprehensive energy audit, presents a detailed plan and implements a customized supply-side energy-saving solution, customers see a reduction in energy usage and costs within weeks. For more information, contact Bill Behrmann at 888-803-2903 or, or visit

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