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June 23, 2011

Alcoa’s Leadership in Energy Efficiency Recognized by Hydro-Quebec

  • Alcoa’s three aluminum smelters in Canada are members of Hydro-Quebec’s exclusive Energy Savers’ Circle network.
  • The Deschambault and Bécancour plants are two of only five locations in Canada that have achieved Elite status.


MONTRÉAL & NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today that its three aluminum smelters in Quebec, Canada, have been recognized by Hydro-Quebec for their energy efficiency, and are members of the power company’s select Energy Savers’ Circle network.

Alcoa’s Deschambault smelter was just raised to Elite status, having been a member of the Energy Savers’ Circle since 2008, and the Baie-Comeau smelter was newly inducted into the Circle. Last year, the Bécancour plant was named an Elite component of the Energy Savers’ Circle. Furthermore, Alcoa’s Deschambault and Bécancour plants are two of only five locations designated Elite members because of their exceptional energy performance and are deemed ambassadors in energy efficiency.

“The distinction of having all of our Canadian smelters as members of Hydro-Quebec’s Energy Savers’ Circle crowns our employees’ efforts in energy efficiency and clearly sets our commitment to sustainability,” said Pierre Morin, President of Alcoa Global Primary Products Canada. “I congratulate the Energy Committees in our smelters and our employees who make a ‘green’ gesture every day, so that our facilities become a reference in energy efficiency.”
  • Alcoa’s Baie-Comeau aluminum smelter joined the Energy Savers’ Circle by reducing its annual power consumption by more than 68 gigawatt-hours (GWh) through improved performance of its electrolytic cells and optimizing its compressed air system.
  • Deschambault was awarded Elite status after lowering its annual electricity use by more than 300 GWh —equivalent to the consumption of 18,000 Quebec households in a year.
  • Alcoa’s Bécancour smelter, the first Alcoa smelter to attain Elite status, reached new heights in effectiveness by accomplishing energy efficiency gains of more than 250 GWh. The smelter acted on its consumption of compressed air, motive power, heating and lighting of facilities, as well as power used for its electrolytic cells.


Between 2007-2010, Alcoa’s Canadian smelters posted total cumulative energy efficiency gains of more than 600 GWh. In addition, both the Bécancour and Deschambault facilities received awards for their energy efficiency initiatives in the 2011 Énergia competition, organized by l’Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie (AQME).

To continue enhancement of its environmental balance sheet, Alcoa Global Primary Products Canada contributed to the establishment of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada/Alcoa Industrial Research Chair on Energy Efficiency and the Advanced Modeling of Aluminum Electrolysis Cells. The chair at Laval University in Quebec City, which has benefitted from the financial support and services of Alcoa and its global research fund, enables 40 students to develop technologies that reduce energy consumption and optimize the aluminum production process, thus reducing CO2 emissions.

A select network of Québec companies

Established in 2005, Hydro-Quebec’s Energy Savers' Circle has more than 50 members, all leaders in energy efficiency. The circle brings together Hydro-Quebec's large power customers that have reduced their electricity usage by at least 5% or saved at least 50 million kWh. To learn more about the members of the Energy Savers' Circle and their achievements, go to http://www.hydroquebec.com/majorcustomers/ecolectrique.html

About Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada)

Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products (GPP Canada) operates four facilities in Quebec: the Baie-Comeau, Bécancour (ABI) and Deschambault smelters, as well as the Bécancour Rod Plant. These four plants have an annual production capacity of roughly one million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets and aluminum rods. GPP Canada employs nearly 3,300 people, and its activities generate economic spin-offs of over $1.2 billion annually in Québec. Additional information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com