Hydro-Québec highlights the exceptional energy efficiency achievements of eight Québec companies

MONTREAL, June 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec congratulates eight companies on their exemplary energy efficiency achievements. Four of them are already members of the Energy Savers' Circle and have distinguished themselves particularly through their outstanding commitment, confirming their status as energy efficiency ambassadors by moving up to the Élite level.

"Energy efficiency lies at the heart of our strategic objectives and is a service we offer to all our customers. By using energy wisely, companies become more competitive while at the same time contributing to more responsible management of our planet's resources," said Isabelle Courville, President of Hydro-Québec Distribution.

New members

  • Alcoa's Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter reduced its annual electricity consumption by more than 71 GWh.
  • The Sun Life Building cut its annual electricity consumption by more than 7%.
  • Place Dupuis and 888 De Maisonneuve Est reduced their annual electricity consumption by 18%.
  • SGL Canada Inc. cut its annual electricity consumption by close to 13%.

Élite Members

  • Alcoa's Deschambault aluminum smelter reduced its annual electricity consumption by more than 300 GWh.
  • IBM Canada's Bromont plant cut its annual electricity consumption by 20%.
  • Rio Tinto Alcan reduced its annual electricity consumption by more than 265 GWh.
  • Université de Sherbrooke cut its annual electricity consumption by 22%.

Set up in 2005, the Energy Savers' Circle now numbers over 50 members, all leaders in the field of energy efficiency. The circle brings together Hydro-Québec's large-power customers that have reduced their use of electricity by at least 5% or saved at least 50 million kWh. To find out about the members of the Energy Savers' Circle and their achievements, go to www.hydroquebec.com/majorcustomers/membres.html.

Since 2003, major customers have carried out 855 energy efficiency projects under Hydro-Québec's programs. Their electricity savings total over 1.5 TWh, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 90,000 households. 

SOURCE HYDRO-QUEBEC

For further information:

Hydro-Québec - Équipe Médias
Louis-Olivier Batty, Media Officer
Tel.: 514 289-4214
E-mail: Batty.Louis-Olivier@hydro.qc.ca
Press room: www.hydroquebec.com/media/en

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