Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

June 23, 2008 08:00 ET

Hydro Ottawa Recognizes Entrust Inc. for Power-saving Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - Having just emerged from a very strong financial quarter, Entrust Incorporated also finds itself 'in the green' with regards to electricity costs. In recognition of the conservation measures introduced over the past two years at the company's Kanata facility, Entrust has been chosen for Hydro Ottawa's "Companies for Conservation" award this month.

"Entrust has added energy conservation leadership to their considerable list of successes," says Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "They've shown that innovation in energy conservation and innovative product development are a winning combination."

A 2006 energy audit revealed several ways power could be saved throughout the building, and the company allocated the required financial resources to take advantage of the recommendations.

The effort has seen outstanding results - between August of 2006 and January of 2007, Entrust cut power use by more than 40%, from over five million kilowatt hours per year to less than three million. The two million kilowatt hours now being conserved annually by Entrust is enough energy to power roughly 222 homes for an entire year.

Several initiatives contributed to this achievement. The company replaced many of the Kanata facility's old monitors with new LCD screens, which use 76 per cent less energy and give off less heat. TTTimers were installed for kitchen and basement air fans that previously ran 24-7. Laboratories were previously cooled by a combination of gas and water systems, but after the audit revealed the water system to be much more energy-efficient, the company made the gas cooling exclusively a backup system.

Other conservation initiatives at the Kanata facility are powered by people. The company minimizes the use of HVAC systems and lights throughout the building, shutting off lights and cooling whenever possible. In addition, the information technology department conducts regular sweeps of the building's five floors to find "unnecessarily running equipment," and either shut it off or remove it entirely.

"Entrust is actively pursuing going green," said Entrust representative DJ Parent. "Energy conservation is increasing in importance as a priority for our company, and Hydro Ottawa's recognition of our efforts is a rewarding accomplishment in that respect. I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Brenda Schultz and GE Canada Real Estate, the property management company hired to assist with the conservation efforts."

'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 their 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 Entrust

Entrust (NASDAQ:ENTU) secures digital identities and information for consumers, enterprises and governments in more than 1,700 organizations spanning 60 countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address growing risks, Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity and information protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL, authentication, fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security. For information, call 888-690-2424, e-mail entrust@entrust.com or visit www.entrust.com.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the second largest municipal electricity company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 285,000 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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    R. Susan Barrett
    Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
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