Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

February 23, 2009 10:00 ET

Nepean Sportsplex's Conservation Power Play Wins Recognition From Hydro Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2009) - After an ambitious energy reduction plan and five years of efficiency investments from the City of Ottawa, the Nepean Sportsplex is being recognized for their unprecedented energy savings in 2008. The facility has managed to cut annual electricity consumption by 848,499 kilowatt-hours - enough to power 94 Ottawa households for a year. To recognize this outstanding achievement Hydro Ottawa is presenting the Sportsplex with this month's Companies for Conservation award.

"The Nepean Sportsplex is an important asset to the health and well-being of the city," said Rosemarie Leclair, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies. "The city's efforts to make the building more efficient will in turn have a positive impact on the health of our environment."

Starting in 2002, the City of Ottawa embarked on a $5-million energy-reduction program at its facilities with the goal of recovering costs within five years. The Sportsplex was a major target of that program, receiving $650,000 in efficiency investments.

Improvements included the installation of lighting occupancy sensors and brighter, more efficient T5 and T8 lamps in many areas throughout the facility. All exit signs were converted to LED lighting. In a facility with three rinks for hockey and one for curling, refrigeration systems were another key target for efficiency upgrades. Automated controls, featuring web-enhanced monitoring technology and infrared sensing, were installed on compressors, pumps and the cooling tower in the Sportsplex's ice plant. To reduce the facility's heating demands, a system was installed to recover heat from refrigerators at the facility's snow pit. The recovered heat is then put towards heating domestic water used throughout the building.

"When the city launched this energy reduction program, one of our key goals was to show leadership in energy conservation," said Jean Paul Rozon, Project Manager in the area of building engineering and energy management. "The facility staff, consultants, contractors, and other city staff all stayed on-board throughout the project, and in the end we were successful in achieving our conservation goals."

The Nepean Sportsplex has reduced yearly electricity expenditures by more than $84,000. Other efficiency initiatives have reduced the facility's consumption of water and natural gas.

'Companies for Conservation' is an initiative to celebrate the exciting and innovative conservation projects being undertaken by commercial electricity users in Ottawa. The program recognizes local companies or organizations for their conservation leadership.

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

About the Nepean Sportsplex

The Nepean Sportsplex is a multi-purpose facility serving residents and visitors to Ottawa for over 30 years. Featuring both indoor and outdoor recreation amenities, the Nepean Sportsplex has become known as a top-notch location to hold tradeshows and special events including the annual Craft Christmas Gift Sale and the Yesteryear Heritage Fair. The Nepean Sportsplex offers learn-to-swim, aquatic certification, aquafitness, and fitness programs including aerobics, indoor cycling, personal training and squash. The Seniors Centre offers activities for 55+, while the Visual Arts Centre provides all levels of visual arts programs. General interest programs complete the options available.

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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