QUANTIFICATION OF THE DSM POTENTIAL OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS AT PRESENT AND FUTURE HARD ROCK MINES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

World Mining Congress
The mining and beneficiation of minerals is the second largest end-use of electrical power on the planet, and comminution is by far the largest single contributor to this. Several jurisdictions, including British Columbia, have, in response to concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, adopted energy conservation legislation, including carbon taxes, carbon trading and conservation incentive schemes. Key to achieving conservation objectives is firstly an understanding of usage metrics across the various unit operations in the sector, and secondly an understanding of the conservation potential represented by available technologies and approaches in reducing end-use. This paper presents the results of a recent utility-funded study on energy use metrics and conservation potential at large open pit mines which are typical of the sector in BC.
Keywords: Mines; Mine; Mines; energy; Mill; Mills; Demand; Capacity;
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