On Nov. 7, representatives of Helena Industries were on hand at their manufacturing facility in Helena to receive a $22,932 incentive check from CenterPoint Energy's Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program, which helps customers save energy and money by operating more efficiently.  Helena Industries was able to replace steam traps, repair steam piping, and better insulate piping in their facility with the incentives provided from CenterPoint Energy.

On Nov. 7, representatives of Helena Industries were on hand at their manufacturing facility in Helena to receive a $22,932 incentive check from CenterPoint Energy’s Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program, which helps customers save energy and money by operating more efficiently.  Helena Industries was able to replace steam traps, repair steam piping, and better insulate piping in their facility with the incentives provided from CenterPoint Energy.

Helena Industries is a chemical toll manufacturer whose process technologies include wettable powder milling of pesticides, liquid/solutions manufacturing and formulating, as well as low and high powered emulsification. The company provides solutions in agriculture, lawn and garden, and industrial chemicals.

Earlier this year, representatives from CenterPoint Energy’s Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program audited the facility and suggested the steam system upgrades.  The company was able to receive the incentives from CenterPoint Energy by implementing the recommendations suggested in the audit.  These upgrades will save the company approximately $15,000 per year in fuel costs.

The company is planning to add two additional chemical compounding processes that will require additional steam power in the future. The planned expansion will require an extension of the existing steam piping to where the two new processes will be located. The completed projects will help bring the existing steam distribution piping efficiency back up to where it should be in anticipation of the new expansion.  

“As we prepare for expanding production, we wanted to make sure our steam system, which is vital to our plant’s operation, is running efficiently,” noted Helena Industries Plant Manager, Jason Fitts. “Once the energy assessment helped identify improvements to our existing system, we began working with our contractor to implement the suggested improvements. We appreciate CenterPoint Energy working with us by not only providing financial incentives, but also providing an avenue for us to save energy and money for years to come. That is an invaluable asset to our company, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”

The payback period of the company’s investment will be less than 2 years.  The combined repairs and improvements will result in 25,480 CCF of natural gas savings per year, which is the equivalent of preventing the annual carbon dioxide emissions from more than 15,201 gallons of gasoline, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.



“CenterPoint Energy is committed to saving our customers both energy and money,” says Lance Orion, Energy Efficiency Consultant for CenterPoint Energy. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Helena Industries to identify and implement opportunities for them to improve their facility in Helena, and we were pleased to present them with the incentive money to assist in upgrading that facility.”

The CenterPoint Energy Commercial & Industrial Solutions Program helps customers save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy saved by those improvements.

To learn more about the program and the incentives and rebates available to CenterPoint Energy commercial customers, please visit the website http://www.centerpointenergy.com/ARCustomSolutions.