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Two Ethanol Facilities Win Energy Star Awards

Facilities use Combined Heat and Power system to reduce their energy use by more than 12 percent.

WASHINGTON - Two ethanol facilities in the Midwest are being recognized for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions equaling the amount of pollution from almost 6,000 cars annually.

EPA will award ethanol facilities in Missouri and Illinois for using Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to reduce their energy use by more than 12 percent. A CHP can increase operational efficiency and decrease energy costs, while reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Macon Municipal Utilities reduced their energy use by 25 percent. Macon Municipal Utilities installed a 10 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combustion turbine CHP system at its 45 million gallon-per-year ethanol plant in Northeast Missouri.

Adkins Energy LLC, decreased their energy use by 15 percent with a 5 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine CHP system.

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