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NOV 2012

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Blowin' in the Wind By Mark S. Kuhar The answer, for some quarries, just may be "blowin' in the wind." Cemex has commissioned a 1 megawatt (MW) wind turbine at its quarry located in Madison, Calif. The turbine is one of three renewable energy projects Cemex will soon bring online in California. Cemex is planning to bring two additional wind power projects online later this year at its facility in Victorville, Calif., which will feature 6.2 MW of generating capacity. The power generated from the Madison, Calif., wind tur‐ bine is equivalent to powering over 200 average‐sized American households annually. The turbine, which has zero emissions, will prevent more than 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Nearly 30 percent of the quarry's energy consumption will be produced by the turbine. "We are committed to operating our facilities in the most sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective manner possible," said Karl Watson, Jr., president, Cemex USA. "These renewable energy projects align with this commitment as we continually seek ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations." Cemex partnered with Foundation Windpower, a Califor‐ nia‐based distributed wind development company, for the development, construction, financing, and operation of the wind turbine. Present at a ceremony commissioning the project were: n Karl Watson Jr., president of Cemex USA. n Luis Farias, Senior VP of energy and sustainability at Cemex. n Matthew Wilson, CEO of Foundation Windpower. n Congressional candidate Kim Vann (R‐Calif.) The Cemex projects in California will serve as an example for the rest of the country, and if successful, may provide a blueprint for other quarries to follow in the quest to keep energy costs as low as possible. E 48 ROCKproducts • NOVEMBER 2012 www.rockproducts.com

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