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Electricity Demand in Primary Aluminum Smelting

Primary aluminum smelting is one of the giant energy users among the manufacturing industries. With current technology, the smelting is done by an electrolytic process requiring as much as 13 to 19 megawatt-hours (MWh) of direct-current electricity per metric ton of aluminum metal.

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Energy Specializations: Electricity – Markets and Prices

JEL Codes:
D42 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design: Monopoly

Keywords: Electricity demand, Aluminum smelting, CES technology model, US, Japan, Norway

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol3-No3-5

Published in Volume 3, Number 3 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.