Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

April 03, 2007 10:30 ET

Hydro Ottawa Leads the Way on Electricity Conservation

Electricity savings equivalent to powering over 6,800 homes for a year

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2007) - Hydro Ottawa today announced impressive results for its 2006 conservation efforts, and recognized the contributions of local residents and businesses who are leading the way in energy conservation. Hydro Ottawa's conservation results in 2006 surpassed 2005 savings by 800%, and firmly established the company as a conservation leader in the province.

With over 37 separate conservation initiatives in place last year, Hydro Ottawa and its customers saved almost 62 million kilowatt hours of electricity. That's enough to power 6,862 homes in Ottawa for a year, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17,445 tonnes.

"During the past several years, Hydro Ottawa has become Ottawa's leader in developing and implementing a wide range of innovative conservation initiatives," said Rosemarie T. Leclair, Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer. "We've made a concerted effort to help Ottawans conserve, and they've responded by participating in our programs and taking the lead themselves."

Hydro Ottawa also presented the Coalition of Large Distributors electricity conservation progress report and recognized local conservation leaders during a media conference at the World Exchange Plaza. The Coalition of Large Distributors (CLD) is comprised of six of the largest municipally owned utilities in Ontario, covering an area from St. Catharines in the Niagara Peninsula through the GTA and Ottawa in Eastern Ontario, the CLD serves 1.7 million customers - 40% of the provincial total.

"These are impressive results by any measure," said Ms. Leclair, noting that a number of Hydro Ottawa conservation programs have been adopted province-wide. "That's a testament not only to the innovative thinking of our conservation team, but also the commitment of Ottawa residents to energy conservation."

Programs singled out for particular note included the powerWISE Business Incentive Program, which provides conservation incentives for large commercial, institutional and industrial customers - which account for up to 70% of Ottawa's electricity consumption. The company that manages the World Exchange Plaza, bcIMC Realty Corporation Professionally Managed by Bentall Real Estate Services, was recognized for its achievements under this program - reducing the building's electricity consumption by 685,000 kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of 137 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Other successful programs included the Fridge & Freezer Bounty, which has rounded up and environmentally disposed of over 5,000 old fridges and freezers since its inception in June 2005, saving enough electricity to power 670 homes; Project Porchlight, which distributed 220,000 compact fluorescent bulbs, saving enough electricity to power 2,400 homes; the Kill-A-Watt program, which has enabled thousands of Ottawa residents to identify energy wasting appliances in their homes; and Smart Meters, which have been installed in over 100,000 Ottawa homes to date.

"These programs are central to our goal of reducing the amount of electricity we use," noted Rosemarie Leclair. "But equally important are the individual efforts we each make in our daily lives to reduce consumption." As an example, she cited last August 1 and 2 - two of the hottest days of the summer. Demand for electricity was expected to reach an all-time high, so Hydro Ottawa undertook a media blitz to encourage local residents to reduce consumption during these two days.

"While demand did reach an all-time high across the province, demand in Ottawa fell below our all-time peak. That's an accomplishment we can all be proud of," said Ms. Leclair.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the second largest municipal electricity distribution company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 282,000 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.

Contact Information

  • Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Elise Proulx
    Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    Media Pager: 613-221-0063