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How-To: Save Money Using Less Energy

Like everything in life, the name of the game is saving money and mining companies are no different. These highly complex, billion dollar corporations a...

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|Aug 12|magazine7 min read

Like everything in life, the name of the game is saving money and mining companies are no different. These highly complex, billion dollar corporations are continuously looking for new ways to maintain low overhead while simultaneously increasing productivity. And while the logic behind it seems simple enough, finding the right opportunities isn’t.

A slew of companies in northern Nevada are participating in a unique initiative with NV Energy’s Sure Bet incentive program to save money on their operating costs by using less energy.

Sounds easy enough but how does it work?

The program is designed to provide technical assistance and financial incentives to commercial electric customers who make improvements to energy efficiencies within their operations. This can include anything from constructing new facilities using energy saving technologies to merely installing new lighting fixtures.

“These programs help our customers save money and reduce our costs as well,” said Pat Egan, NV Energy senior vice president of customer operations.

So far, participating mines in the program have reduced their combined annual electricity consumption by nearly 1.4 million kilowatt hours. That’s enough electricity to power 155 homes for a year. In addition, combined annual emissions were reduced by 1,048 tons.

According to their website, the NV Energy’s Sure Bet program offers an array of lucrative incentives for commercial businesses including mining companies. Incentives are based on the verified energy savings resulting from their improvements.

“For existing buildings, the Sure Bet Program offers prescriptive incentives for lighting, cooling, motors, refrigeration and vending machine controls. In addition, custom incentives are offered for any measure not covered under the prescriptive project that results in verifiable energy or peak-demand savings, and it also offers building optimization and small commercial direct install incentives and services. There are also incentives specifically designed for new construction projects, schools, irrigation customers, and small hotel/motels.”

Mining companies can especially benefit from the program. The Rawhide gold mine in Nevada saved $76,900 for the year by installing automated variable speed drives on the motors for the mine’s ore crusher and conveyor system. The company also replaced several metal halide lighting fixtures with more energy efficient light emitting diode lights. Along with the annual savings, the gold mine earned $64,145 in incentives from the Sure Bet program.

“We firmly believe that by helping our customers manage energy costs, we can improve their ability to compete. Particularly in the mining business, competition is fierce and worldwide. So, every dollar they can save is a dollar that can be reinvested here in Nevada to help support our economy and create jobs,” said Egan.

Saving money in the mining industry doesn’t have to be complicated, especially with the NV Sure Bet Program. By implementing a few modifications, mining companies can save energy and money while earning incentives doing so.