Kentucky Distillery Turns Energy Efficient

Lux Row Distillers, the Bardstown, Ky., has received Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is one of eight distilleries first to receive the certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program. The U.S. EPA and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States have partnered to help the distilled spirits industry improve its energy efficiency and save money on utility bills.

Energy Star status signifies that Lux Row performs in the top 25 percent of distilleries nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Lux Row is managed by Luxco, the branded spirits division of MGP. Vice president of quality and compliance for MGP, David Whitmer, said it was a great recognition for the distillery.

"This achievement demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."

Lux Row Distillers produces brands such as Ezra Brooks, Rebel and Blood Oath bourbons, and its ranking in the top 25 percent of all energy-efficient distilleries has been in part due to its improved energy performance by managing energy strategically.

"EPA applauds the commitment to energy efficiency demonstrated by ENERGY STAR- certified plants," said Cindy Jacobs, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "Improving the energy performance of our nation's industrial plants is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the Energy Star ranking.