West Fraser Mills has won a Power Smart Excellence Award for their commitment to energy conservation and efficiency.
The organization was one of 27 B.C.-based companies recognized by BC Hydro for the 2012 awards.
The New Technology award was given to West Fraser Mills for demonstrating the new automation and control technology for their lumber-drying kilns. They were recognized for their new energy saving technology practice that has the proven potential to drastically reduce electrical consumption in the province.
The new kiln energy management system is fully automated, controls all the kiln’s energy inputs and optimizes lumber drying cycle while maintaining the quality of dried lumber. The average energy reductions are 20 to 25 per cent in electrical energy and 15 to 20 percent thermal energy.