Aluminerie Alouette, proud to be recognized by The Hydro-Québec Energy Savers’ Circle
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 September6 , 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.
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-Îles and the biggest aluminum smelter in North America. The Sept-Îles plant is the world leader for energy consumption per ton of aluminum produced. The state-of-the-art facility largely exceeds government environmental standards.