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ArcelorMittal honored by EPA for energy savings

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ArcelorMittal USA has earned the 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, marking the company’s fifth consecutive ENERGY STAR award, the company said earlier this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy give this distinction to companies which demonstrate continuous growth, energy management accomplishments, and a commitment to energy efficiency.

“Since 2006, ArcelorMittal USA has reduced energy costs by more than $151 million through focused improvements in energy management,” the company said. “In 2011 alone, ArcelorMittal achieved a 1.3 percent reduction in energy intensity for U.S. operations, which equates to energy savings that exceed $20 million, enough energy to power 66,443 homes. As an industry leader, ArcelorMittal continues to share best practices with fellow manufacturers, including steel companies and customers, focusing on how its partnership with ENERGY STAR has provided the blueprint to build an energy-minded culture.

At ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, the company installed 21 motors at the Hot Dip Coating Line controlled by Variable Frequency Drive (VFD), resulting in electrical savings of $67,828 per month and $19,160 in maintenance savings per month. Also, during Phase II of the Hot Strip Mill Descale Pump Reduction project, the 2nd 2500HP descale pumps were removed from operation with an electrical savings of $60,000 per month.

“Each day our employees focus on producing safe, sustainable steel and energy efficiency plays a critical role in this effort,” said ArcelorMittal USA President and CEO Mike Rippey. “ArcelorMittal is honored to have been recognized for the past five years as the distinction truly exemplifies our commitment to leadership and sustainability. We will continue to focus on reducing energy intensity while increasing operational excellence to ensure our facilities are more competitive and maintain a cost leadership position.”

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize ArcelorMittal with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “ArcelorMittal and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future.”






Posted 4/6/2012