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Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer to award Certificates of Recognition to Sudbury mining companies

Tuesday, March 27th 2007 9:37:30am

Media Advisory - Attention News and Assignment Editors

Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer to award Certificates of Recognition to Sudbury mining companies for their participation in the Sustainable Leak Prevention Program

(Sudbury, Ontario)  Every year, Ontario's mining industry spends over $500 million on energy.  This translates into as much as 15% to 30% of their total operating costs.

Compressed air systems, found in underground mines, are one of the largest contributors to electricity costs. Even small air leaks in these systems can increase electricity costs substantially by causing compressors to overwork, leading to wasted electricity and higher operating costs.

The Sustainable Leak Prevention Program (SLPP) oversees audits of compressed air systems at the Williams Mine (Hemlo) near Marathon, CVRD Inco's South Mine and FNX Mining's McCreedy West Mine, both in Sudbury, improving energy efficiency and helping save hundreds of thousands of dollars in mine site operation costs annually.


FNX Mining Company and CVRD Inco to receive Certificates of Recognition for energy conservation efforts through the Sustainable Leak Prevention Program


Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 10:30 AM


Lobby of the Willet Green Miller Centre, 933 Ramsey Lake Road, Laurentian University Campus, Sudbury


* Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer

* Cheryl Brownlee, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Mining Association

* Dave Secord, Snr. Maintenance Coordinator, McCreedy West Mine, FNX Mining Company

* Dave Tomini, Divisional Energy Coordinator, CVRD Inco

For further information, please contact:

Barton Sala, Ontario Power Authority, (416) 969-6009, barton.sala@powerauthority.on.ca

Don Huff, Environmental Communication Options, cell (416) 805-7720 (on-site)

The Conservation Bureau is an office of the Ontario Power Authority.  It was established in 2005 to develop, coordinate and stimulate electricity conservation and demand management by planning, designing and implementing comprehensive programs that foster a culture of conservation across the province (www.conservationbureau.on.ca).

The Conservation Fund was established in 2005 to provide funding for action-oriented, sector-specific electricity conservation pilot projects that help build a culture of conservation in Ontario. Since 2005, the Conservation Fund has provided $2.5 million to 37 projects in a wide variety of sectors including mining, forestry, agriculture, small business, schools, hospitals and religious institutions. Every dollar of the funding has leveraged over two dollars in partner support. The 2007 Conservation Fund budget is $3 million (www.powerauthority.on.ca).