Awards highlight industrial energy excellence

Sinclar Group Forest Products President Greg Stewart accepts an award from BC Hydro's deputy CEO and executive vice-president Bev Van Ruyven.

Nina Winham

When the 2010 Power Smart Excellence Awards were handed out a few weeks ago, B.C.'s industrial sector took its place in the limelight.

Power Smart Leaders

Notable among the winners was Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. The company was honoured for its history of conservation work with BC Hydro's highest level of recognition, a Power Smart Leader Award.

In less than a year, Sinclar Group developed a sustainable energy management plan, hired an Energy Manager, identified internal energy champions and conducted a baseline energy management assessment. They developed energy maps to identify how each of their facilities uses energy, and then developed rigourous monitoring, tracking and reporting systems to ensure accountability.

With this award, Sinclar Group (and Simon Fraser University, also recognized this year) join previous industrial Power Smart Leaders who had their leader status renewed based on their commitment to continuous improvement. They are: Canadian Autoparts Toyota (CAPTIN), Molson Canada, the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Airport Authority.

Awards for technology, construction, and partnership

The New Technology Award went to Taseko Mines Ltd.

Taseko implemented the first stirred mill technology to be used in B.C. at its Gibraltar Mine. Since stirred mills have been shown to use as little as two-thirds of the energy of conventional grinding equipment, Taseko's effort helps demonstrate the potential of this technology and set the stage for a drastic reduction in grinding energy usage in British Columbia. Taseko's installation saves the company 4 GWh of energy per year, equivalent to an annual electricity cost saving of $325,000.

Encana Corporation took home the award for New Construction, based on its decision to electrify its new Saturn site.

The development included two major projects: the compressor site and the gas gathering system. As a result, the Saturn facility is saving a total of 15 gigawatt hours annually, enough electricity to power a community the size of Bowen Island for a year. Encana is also showing leadership within a sector that has not traditionally relied on electric utility service for remote locations.

Leadership within an entire sector helped the BC Food Processors Association win the Conservation Partner Award.

With BC Hydro, the BCFPA has developed a program to offer the services of an Energy Manager to its members. This ensures that tools, training, and support for energy efficiency are reaching companies throughout B.C.'s food processing sector. The promotional efforts of the BCFPA have greatly increased members' awareness of opportunities for energy conservation and have resulted in substantial energy savings.

"This award helps us demonstrate that we're showing leadership as an industry, that we're working towards more energy efficient processes," says Donna Brendon, Membership Manager with the BC Food Processors Association. "It raises the profile of the association and the food processing industry overall."

You can watch brief videos about each Excellence Award category and read notes about winners and finalists by following the links above. For selected case studies, click below,

Congratulations to all!

Nina Winham is a Vancouver-based sustainability consultant and frequent contributor to and the Current Industrial eNewsletter.

Source: BC Hydro News