Honda Transmission Mfg. of America first automotive transmission plant in US to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification
Honda Transmission Mfg. of America (HTM) is the first automotive transmission plant in US to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification. The plant derives more than 10% of its power from on-site wind turbines.
In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the United States to derive a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property. Five years later, HTM is the first U.S. automotive transmission plant to earn ENERGY STAR certification.
Along with the energy benefit of getting more than 10% of its power from the two 1.7MW turbines on its property, HTM increased its energy efficiency by implementing a robust utility scheduling and monitoring program. This program allows for detailed tracking of energy use and enhanced scheduling of lighting, HVAC units, compressed air valves, and chillers.
HTM has been also able to reduce energy through strong non-production energy reduction procedures.
The 1.1-million square-foot Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. plant produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year as well as gear sets and transfer cases and differentials for four-wheel drive vehicles.
The EPA established new ENERGY STAR guidelines for facilities such as Honda’s transmission plant for 2019, and HTM quickly earned the certification through the EPA’s early-registration period. The ENERGY STAR award signifies that the plant performs in the top 25% of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance. ENERGY STAR is the only energy-efficiency certification in the US based on verified energy performance.
EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.