Source: Cemex USA, Houston

Cemex announced recently that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have awarded five of the company's U.S. cement manufacturing plants the 2011 Energy Star award.

Facilities in Clinchfield, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Miami; New Braunfels, Texas; and Demopolis, Ala., received the awards in recognition of superior energy performance. The 2011 awards marks the fifth consecutive year for the plants in Clinchfield and Louisville to receive the award and the third consecutive year for the plant in Demopolis.

Over the last year, these plants have conducted process surveys, installed variable-frequency drives to replace damper control on fans, installed area power metering equipment to better analyze consumption, installed more efficient motors, and conducted energy audits to reduce unnecessary power usage. All of the plants improved their energy performance using the Energy Star guidelines for Energy Management developed by the EPA and DOE.

The Energy Star program is a joint initiative by the EPA and DOE that focuses on strategic energy management and emphasizes the importance of demonstrating environmental leadership for future generations. "Cemex USA is proud of our successful efforts in energy management and conservation and is honored to be recognized by the Energy Star program," said Karl Watson, Jr., pesident of Cemex USA. "These awards are a testament to our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and to the reduction of our carbon footprint."

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