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January 29, 2008 09:11 ET

Ontario Electric Utilities' Hockey Event Going Lights Out

Employee tournament to darken arena ice surfaces during Earth Hour

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2008) - It will be lights out for the 2008 Ontario Electric Utilities Hockey Tournament when it's held March 28 -30 at The Sports Village complex in Vaughan - but only for an hour.

As part of the growing number of communities and organizations throughout the world that will be participating in Earth Hour on March 29, the tournament's organizing committee, the host utility PowerStream Inc. and the owner of the Sports Village, the Mentana Group Inc., have decided to show their support and will suspend the competition and turn the lights off to the facility's four ice surfaces that evening between 8-9 p.m.

"Ontario's electric utilities for the past few years have been leaders in delivering conservation programs to residents and businesses within our respective service territories," explained Brian Bentz, President and CEO of PowerStream. "Having the employee hockey tournament show its support for Earth Hour in this manner is consistent with the industry's position and on-going efforts to help build a culture of conservation in the province."

According to tournament director and PowerStream System Control Supervisor, John McClean, the idea to support Earth Hour was proposed by one of the members of the tournament's organizing committee at a recent meeting.

"It was enthusiastically accepted by the committee and quickly endorsed by PowerStream and the folks at The Sports Village," said McClean.

This year's tournament marks the 30th anniversary of the event as well as the first time a local electricity distribution company (LDC) has played host, and not an organization which was previously part of the former Ontario Hydro.

The tournament originated in the mid 70's as a competition between Ontario Hydro departments. It continued to be held in subsequent years, even after the de-merger of the former provincial utility into several successor companies including Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, the Independent Electricity System Operator and the Electrical Safety Authority. Since then, PowerStream and other LDCs have been invited to participate.

The event is funded through team entry fees and sponsorship monies collected from industry related and local businesses. Any revenue earned from the tournament which exceeds the cost of hosting the event will be donated to the United Way of York Region.

More information on the event, including an entry form for interested employee teams from other electric utilities in Ontario can be found on the tournament's website at www.eteamz.active.com/utilitieshockey.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event to raise awareness about climate change by having people around the world turn out the lights simultaneous for 60 minutes to symbolize how working together can make a difference in the fight against global warming. Officially announced in December 2007 at the United Nations Climate Change meeting, Earth Hour has grown from a single event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to a global phenomenon that will occur across six continents and as many as 20 major cities in 2008.

About PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream is one of the largest local electricity distribution companies in Ontario, providing service to more than 235,000 residential and business customers in the municipalities of Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.

Contact Information

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    Email: eric.fagen@powerstream.ca