Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

November 03, 2006 13:58 ET

Ontario Energy Association welcomes new conservation initiatives

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2006) - The Ontario Energy Association welcomes today's announcement by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Energy Minister Dwight Duncan of three new provincial conservation programs.

The initiatives build on successful local programs, originally developed by Ontario Energy Association members, which will be rolled out province-wide by the Ontario Power Authority in cooperation with local distribution companies.

"The Ontario government is to be commended for its strong and ongoing commitment to conservation and demand management," said Shane Pospisil, President and CEO of the 170-member Ontario Energy Association. "Our members represent the front line point of contact with Ontario consumers and look forward to working with the Ontario Power Authority, the Ontario government and others on these and future conservation initiatives."

The peak savings program, based on Toronto Hydro's pioneering Peaksaver Program, will help consumers save energy and money by sending a signal to cycle air conditioners off and on when summer electricity demand is at its highest - reducing the amount of electricity needed across the province.

The beer fridge bounty is similar to Hydro Ottawa's Fridge Bounty Program, which offers free pick-up and disposal of energy-inefficient refrigerators and freezers combined with incentives to replace them with EnergyStar-rated equipment.

And the 10/10 Program, originally launched as part of Toronto Hydro's 2006 Summer Challenge Pilot, will challenge customers to reduce their consumption over the previous year - and will reward those who do with a credit on their electricity bills.

"These are the kinds of conservation programs that Ontario's local utility companies can come up with when challenged," said Toronto Hydro CEO and OEA Chair David O'Brien. "We're happy to work with the OPA - we know how to reach the customers and how to deliver results."

Both Toronto Hydro and Hydro Ottawa are members of the Coalition of Large Distributors, along with Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Horizon Utilities Corporation, PowerStream and Veridian Connections. The Coalition was winner of this year's OEA Company of the Year award, in recognition of its members' significant achievement in conservation and in helping build a culture of conservation in Ontario.

The 170-member Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is Ontario's premier energy trade organization, representing firms and organizations involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity, and the transmission, distribution and marketing of natural gas across the province. OEA members together employ about 32,000 Ontarians and last year accounted for about $34 billion in market revenues.

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