Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

August 04, 2006 07:00 ET

A Message to All Toronto Hydro Customers and Residents of Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2006) - On August 1st a number of heat wave and electricity consumption records were broken in Ontario. Here in Toronto, we were able to actually reduce our electricity peak demand below the record level of 5005 megawatts set a year ago. We have more summer days ahead of us and more records may fall, but so far Torontonians are proving that conservation and demand management does work and is an important part of Ontario's electricity supply strategy.

What is remarkable about this is that Toronto accounts for approximately 20% of the electricity used in Ontario. While the rest of the province increased its use by approximately 4% or 845 megawatts last Tuesday, we managed to reduce our peak by 5 megawatts. And this is a very conservative estimate! Considering normal load growth, and "heat island" effects in the city during heat waves, we could reasonably expect an increase in inner-city temperatures that would drive electricity consumption higher in Toronto than in surrounding regions. The fact that we reduced our peak compared to last year's record is a sign that conservation and demand management are working in Toronto.

'Thank you' to everyone in Toronto who turned off lights, increased the temperature on air conditioners, and waited to use appliances until 8pm. A 'thank you' as well to all our residential and commercial customers who signed up for peakSAVER - we were able to reduce peak demand by almost 16 megawatts, equivalent to taking the city of Kenora off the grid. And a 'thank you' to our business customers who dimmed lights, shut down elevators and conserved in any way they could.

Keep building the "conservation culture" and continue the conservation drive by cutting your electricity use at home in our Summer Challenge. If you are able to reduce your consumption by 10% this summer over last summer, we'll credit you an additional 10% on your bill.

Best regards,

David O'Brien, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation

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