Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

June 08, 2009 08:27 ET

Hydro Ottawa Recognizes Conservation Heroes at the Communications Research Centre Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - The Communications Research Centre (CRC) campus at Shirleys Bay has come a long way since 1994. Efficiency investments and innovative employee programs like the "Amp Champ" conservation-themed comic strip have managed to save the Campus an estimated $10.5 million in energy costs (since 1994) and reduce annual electricity consumption by 5.5 million kilowatt hours.

To recognize over a decade of outstanding conservation progress, Hydro Ottawa is pleased to present the CRC with this month's Companies for Conservation award.

"Through cooperation and creativity, employees at the CRC have implemented comprehensive and effective initiatives for conserving valuable resources at Shirleys Bay," said Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "The drop in energy consumption figures speaks for itself - these initiatives are having an impact."

Two Federal Buildings Initiative projects, supported by Natural Resources Canada, have also upgraded the campus facilities themselves to be significantly more energy-efficient. The first project involved the installation of T8 lighting, placement of small boiler units to take demand off the central cooling and heating plant during the summer months, and replacement of an aging chiller with a more efficient model. The second phase of improvements saw an expanded Building Automation System with optimized building equipment schedules. Facilities staff also installed new weather-stripping and insulation to optimize building envelopes, and dampers as well as variable speed drives for selected fan motors.

In October 2001, CRC facilities and creative staff teamed up to create the "Amp Champ" series of comic strips distributed internally to employees across the campus. Each strip is loaded with information on the campus's conservation progress, and practical ways for the employees to do even better.

While "Amp Champ" is truly unique as a conservation comic, it's just one of the programs the CRC has put into place for campus staff. The campus routinely brings in educators, like the Hydro Ottawa Conservation van, to distribute tips and information to employees, with a goal of ultimately reducing campus energy costs by up to $10,000 each year. This can be achieved by implementing small measures such as turning off lights and computer monitors when out of the office or labs for extended periods.

Last year, the CRC participated in Hydro Ottawa's Demand Response Program, which involves reducing power use or switching to generator power during peak electricity demand periods to ease the strain on the electricity grid. Employees at the centre are continuing to find other ways they can help achieve a culture of conservation in the Ottawa area.

"Companies for Conservation" is an initiative to celebrate the exciting and innovative conservation projects being undertaken by commercial electricity users in Ottawa. The program, which started in October 2007, recognizes one local company or organization for its conservation leadership every month. These companies are making a difference by embodying a true culture of conservation.

Electricity consumers both large and small can learn more about saving electricity, and the programs that can help them do so, by visiting either www.hydroottawa.com or www.powerWISE.ca.

About the Shirleys Bay Campus

The Shirleys Bay Campus, occupying more than 70 buildings spread over 775 acres, is a diverse research and development (R&D) facility which houses several Government of Canada organizations. Industry Canada's Communications Research Centre (CRC), the Canadian government's primary laboratory for R&D in advanced telecommunications, is the custodial department. Tenants, each with their own specialized mandate, include the Canadian Space Agency, Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre, Defense Research and Development Canada and Industry Canada's Certification and Engineering Bureau.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 291,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. Hydro Ottawa is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE®, a program developed in partnership with the Ontario Government and five other electricity distribution companies to promote energy conservation to consumers, reduce the overall demand for electricity and build a conservation culture meant to last for years to come.

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