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Positioning Renewables to Meet the Mining Industry’s Energy Needs

Positioning Renewables to Meet the Mining Industry’s Energy Needs
September 16
11:00 2014

It’s increasingly clear that mining and renewable energy are two great businesses that belong together — and yet figuring out the nuts and bolts of getting projects off the ground isn’t always easy. In the 12 months since the first Renewables and Mining Summit there has been a definite shift in the position of renewable energy service providers. At June’s Renewables and Mining Summit in South Africa for example, renewables developers were  describing themselves as energy service providers. To understand more how renewables service providers are creating products and services that complement the needs of the mining sector we interviewed representatives from RES Canada, GE, Schneider-Electric, Mainstream Renewable Power and SunEdison.

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Interesting quotes include:

“We have the skills the mining sector needs. The issue is getting momentum behind the mining sector to believe in these projects,”

Douglas McAlpine, Project Manager, RES Canada

“Mines want to reduce the cost of energy and they want reliability. If they can reduce the cost of energy and improve the reliability of their operations, it’s a very simple decision.”

Mark Bongiovanni, Mining and Metals Sales Manager, Schneider Electric

“Developers are approaching mining companies and saying, ‘We’ll build it for you, and we’ll finance it. But you have to agree to buy the power.’”

Chris Matthews, New Business Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

“They’re looking for a third party to put up a power generation system– so they can essentially buy power by the hour.”

David Willick, Commercial Director in North America, GE Mining


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Andrew Slavin

Andrew Slavin

I am one of the directors of Energy and Mines and am also the curator of this site. I have been involved with B2B communications for the last 18 years including publications, conferences, think tanks and reports.