The Baie-Comeau Smelter achieves Elite status in the Hydro-Québec Energy
Savers' Circle-a network of businesses recognized for their energy
efficiency leadership-thanks to a 336 gigawatt-hour (GWh) reduction in
its annual power consumption.
Now all three Quebec Alcoa smelters are Elite members of the Energy
During the period from 2007-2012, Alcoa's Quebec plants posted total
cumulative energy efficiency gains of nearly 900 GWh-a clear indicator
of the company's success this area.
The Baie-Comeau Smelter's performance marks a new high point for the
Energy Savers' Circle.
BAIE-COMEAU, QC, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Alcoa Baie-Comeau
Smelter's energy efficiency performance was recognized by Hydro-Québec
by its induction into the Energy Savers' Circle yesterday. The plant
earned Elite status a little over a year after entering the Energy
Savers' Circle network and joins the two other Quebec Alcoa Global
Primary Products (GPP Canada) smelters.
The Baie-Comeau Smelter attained Elite status through an unrivalled 336
GWh reduction in annual energy consumption. This result was achieved by
optimizing the electrolysis process by replacing the automatic pot
controls, improving cathode design and construction, and developing
more stable and less resistive anodes. The resulting improvement in
energy usage led to a reduction in the quantity of energy consumed per
ton of aluminum produced.
"This outstanding performance reflects our people's commitment to energy
efficiency and our desire to reduce the environmental footprint of our
operations while maximizing the use of this important Quebec resource,"
remarked Martin Brière, president of Alcoa Canada Global Primary
Products. "I would like to congratulate our plant's energy committee
and all our employees for breaking new ground every day on our path
toward sustainable development," added the general manager of the
Baie-Comeau Smelter, Luke Tremblay.
By attaining Elite status, the Baie-Comeau Smelter joins the Bécancour
and Deschambault smelters. Together, Alcoa's three Quebec smelters have
boosted their total energy efficiency by nearly 900 GWh over the past
five years, equivalent to the power consumption of a city of 100,000.
A select network of Quebec companies
Hydro-Québec's Energy Savers' Circle is comprised of large companies
that have reduced their power consumption by at least 5% or 50 GWh.
These businesses succeeded in bringing about significant energy
savings, established an energy efficiency policy for their operations,
and appointed an energy representative to their staff. Some 50
companies in Quebec are now part of this network.
Organizations that achieve Elite status boast even more remarkable
results, and are therefore seen as energy efficiency ambassadors. Nine
companies have attained this status to date, including the three Alcoa
smelters in Quebec. The Bécancour Smelter was the first Alcoa company
to rise to the Elite level in 2010, and the Deschambault Smelter
followed suit in 2011. The Baie-Comeau Smelter's performance has raised
the bar to new heights among Energy Savers' Circle members.
GPP Canada would like to congratulate the new members of the Energy
Savers' Circle, as well as its most recent Elite members. We thank
Hydro-Québec for its encouragement to those seeking to attain this
level of achievement.
About Alcoa in Canada
In Quebec, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) comprises of the Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and Bécancour
smelters, as well as of the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants have
an annual production capacity of over one million metric tons of
ingots, castings, billets and aluminum rods. Alcoa counts approximately
3,200 employees in Quebec and its activities generate more than $1.3
billion in economic spin-offs annually in the province. Further
information is available at www.alcoa.com/canada.
SOURCE: Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products
For further information:
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products
Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter