(Whitehorse) – Alexco Resource Corp. and Yukon Energy are working together to identify energy efficiency opportunities at the Bellekeno mine, mill and camp operations. As part of Alexco’s continuous improvement process and Yukon Energy’s energy conservation initiatives, the two corporations are sharing the cost of having an energy audit done of the property. The goal is to help the mining operation reduce its current yearly electrical power consumption and peak demand load.
The energy audit will be done by Demand Side Energy, a Winnipeg firm that specializes in industrial audits. It will document past and current electricity use, compare that usage to other similar operations, and provide recommendations for energy saving opportunities. Each recommendation for energy efficiency improvements will include a cost-benefit analysis. The auditing company will also provide a proposal for managing peak load.
“Energy conservation is a critical element in helping us meet Yukon’s growing energy needs,” Yukon Energy spokesperson Janet Patterson said. “We are working with all our customer classes to find ways of making the most efficient use of the territory’s available electricity, and we’re very pleased to have an opportunity to partner with Alexco on this initiative.”
“Identifying and implementing electrical power conservation and reduction opportunities is consistent with Alexco’s overall continuous improvement process and we are looking forward to working with Yukon Energy on this project,” said Brad Thrall, Alexco’s Chief Operating Officer.
The audit will be completed by mid-September, with a final report expected by the end of this year. Alexco Resources and Yukon Energy will share the cost of the audit equally, with an additional 25 percent to be reimbursed by Yukon Energy should Alexco implement energy conservation measures that result in a reduction of current annual consumption.
Yukon Energy Corporation
Chief Operating Officer
Alexco Resource Corp.
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