October 1, 2007

Hydro-Quebec names Alouette aluminum smelter to exclusive Energy Savers' Circle

MONTREAL, QUE-Hydro-Quebec recently welcomed the Alouette aluminum smelting operation in Sept-Iles into its select Energy Savers' Circle and awarded the facility a plaque in recognition of its exceptional energy efficiency performance. The plant succeeded in reducing its yearly electricity consumption by 140 gigawatt-hours (GWh), far surpassing the 50-GWh energy saving goal set by Hydro-Quebec. The corporation's Energy Savers' Circle is made up of major companies known for their leadership in energy efficiency. Aluminerie Alouette has reduced its consumption by 741 GWh in the last ten years-the equivalent of 85 MW or twice the winter consumption of a city like Sept-Iles-by scaling back the amount of energy consumed per ton of aluminum produced from 14,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 12,700 kWh. The company's energy efficiency improvement is attributed to a combination of measures, ranging from choosing the best operating method and reducing heat losses in stacks to training personnel. Founded in 1992, Aluminerie Alouette is an independent aluminum producer. Its Sept-Iles plant has an annual production capacity of over 550,000 tons.

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