By Paul McRoberts

If higher commodity prices are making companies explore opportunities to reinvest in their operations, there’s perhaps no better area for improvement than energy management.

Today, many mining operations are burdened with aging and sprawling power-distribution systems that are both costly and complex. These systems weren’t designed to monitor energy usage or make adjustments based on corresponding demands. They’re also often decades old and rely on technologies that are now obsolete and unsupported.

A more modern approach to power distribution in mines can help them improve energy management and lower energy costs. This approach should involve integrating power and process systems into a common infrastructure. It also should make use of digital technologies and current industry standards to help an operation better understand its energy usage.
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