Aluminerie Alouette, proud to be recognized by The Hydro-Québec Energy Savers' Circle

    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - At Alouette, energy efficiency is more
than just an objective. The recent achievements by this world aluminum
industry leader are now recognized by Hydro-Québec. On September 6,
Hydro-Québec hailed the aluminum plant's great energy efficiency performance
by awarding it an honorary plaque and welcoming it into its very select Energy
Savers' Circle. In so doing, the public corporation affirmed the aluminum
plant's extraordinary performance in reducing its yearly electricity
consumption by 140 GWh, even though the energy saving goal set by Hydro-Québec
was only 50 GWh.
    The Hydro-Québec Energy Savers' Circle is made up of major companies
known for their leadership in energy efficiency. It includes businesses that
have truly made a commitment to go green-not only by setting objectives and
adopting energy efficiency policies, but by taking concrete, sustainable
actions to reduce consumption.
    Aluminerie Alouette has reduced its consumption by 741 GWh in the last 10
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 KWh to 12,700 KWh. To fulfill its commitment, it took
action on a number of levels. Alouette's performance can be attributed to a
combination of measures, ranging from choosing the best operating method and
reducing heat losses in stacks to training personnel.
    "The reason we are so proud today is because this recognition attests to
the considerable efforts Alouette employees have made to achieve our energy
efficiency objectives. Hats off to them!" said Aluminerie Alouette president
and CEO Robert Guilbault.

    About Alouette

    Founded in 1992, Aluminerie Alouette is an independent aluminum producer.
With 900 employees and an annual production capacity of over 550,000 tons, it
is the number one employer in Sept-Iles and the biggest aluminum smelter in
North America. The Sept-Iles plant is the world leader for energy consumption
per ton of aluminum produced. The state-of-the-art facility largely exceeds
government environmental standards.

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Beaudoin, Consultant, CASACOM, (514)
286-2145, ext. 223, (514) 967-7162; Source: Aluminerie Alouette

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