Friday, June 29, 2007

Ethanol Plants Win "Energy Star" Awards

This week the Environmental Protection Agency recognized two ethanol plants in the Midwest with "Energy Star" awards for reducing their energy consumption. The companies installed a system, known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), that makes use of heat that would otherwise be wasted.

Macon Municipal Utilities of Macon, Mo., was recognized for a system installed at its 45 million gallon-per-year ethanol plant in Northeast Missouri. Also, Adkins Energy LLC won for a system installed at its 40-million gallon per year plant in Illinois.

According to the EPA, ethanol plants can use the technology to reduce by more than 12 percent how much energy is used per gallon of ethanol produced.

More information is available from the EPA website HERE.

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