PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

January 02, 2008 15:24 ET

PowerStream Joins Other Utilities in Providing 'Winter Warmth'

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 2, 2008) - PowerStream and the United Way of York Region are pleased to announce that the local electricity distribution company today has joined several other utilities in offering the Winter Warmth program, an initiative which provides up to $450 in financial assistance to individuals and families struggling to pay their winter heating and hydro bills.

Through the Winter Warmth program - administered by 50 local United Way affiliates and other community agencies - Enbridge Gas Distribution, Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Hydro Ottawa, Toronto Hydro Electric System, Union Gas and now PowerStream are able to assist individuals in their communities who need help in paying their utility bills over the winter months.

"We're extremely pleased that the Winter Warmth program has now grown to include six major Ontario utilities," said Manny Sousa, Chair of the Winter Warmth Steering Committee and Manager, Community Relations at Enbridge Gas Distribution. "By coordinating our efforts, Winter Warmth will help even more customers in need."

"PowerStream is committed to being a corporate citizen that can make a difference to the communities its serves," stated Peter Meffe, Board Chair of PowerStream Inc., pointing out that the $30,000 contributed to Winter Warmth is in addition to the $64,000 which the company donated in December 2007 in support of the United Way fall campaign.

"Companies like PowerStream continue to demonstrate the important role the corporate sector plays in providing assistance to those who are less fortunate," said Daniele Zanotti, CEO of the United Way of York Region. "We applaud them for joining the roster of Ontario utilities now involved in Winter Warmth."

Piloted in the winter of 2004 by Enbridge Gas Distribution and United Way Greater Toronto, Winter Warmth has provided financial assistance to thousands of individuals and families across Ontario. In the 2006-2007 alone, $534,000 in funding was distributed to over 1,500 households across participating utility communities.

According to a 2000 Ontario report from the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada, winter space heating accounts for approximately 62 per cent of the average energy bill.

Families and individuals in York Region needing financial assistance to pay their heat and hydro bills can find information about Winter Warmth by contacting the York Region branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association at 905-841-3977, extension 4265.

Enbridge Gas Distribution, Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Toronto Hydro Electric System and Union Gas Limited call centres also advise customers about how to apply to Winter Warmth and will direct them to the appropriate agency in their respective areas.

After successful completion of the application process, funding is credited directly to the applicant's utility bill.

Eligible grant recipients include families and individuals who, due to reduced income or personal difficulties, are in arrears or at risk of going into arrears on their energy bills and have exhausted all other sources of financial support.

Contact Information

  • PowerStream Inc.
    Media Contact: Debbie Conte
    Corporate Communications Specialist
    Office Phone: (905) 513-4108
    Media Line (24/7): (905) 417-6937
    Email: debbie.conte@powerstream.ca