PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

May 20, 2009 11:16 ET

PowerStream Conservation Program Helps to Green Communities

Evergreen to receive contributions based on new peaksaver® registrations

YORK REGION, ONTARIO AND SIMCOE COUNTY, ONTARIO AND BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - PowerStream customers signing up for the utility's peaksaver® conservation program, in addition to receiving a free touch screen programmable thermostat and $25 for participating, will now also be helping to green their local communities.

The local electricity distribution company has formed a partnership with Evergreen, a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable, which will see the national charity benefit from the success of PowerStream's peaksaver initiative.

The partnership agreement provides for the utility to contribute $25 to Evergreen for every peaksaver thermostat installed in the PowerStream service territory between May 1 and December 31, 2009 up to a maximum of 1,000 units. The contributions will support local efforts to create outdoor classrooms, healthy wildlife habitat and other sustainable, natural areas accessible to the public.

PowerStream's contribution will support greening projects to transform barren school grounds into healthy, natural and creative outdoor classrooms. Schools and daycares in the utility's service territory are encouraged to apply to Evergreen between September 2009 and January 2010 for $500-2,000 in funding available for eligible new and existing greening projects.

The contributions will also support Evergreen's local tree-planting and stewardship events. Evergreen coordinates a variety of environmental and family-friendly activities (accessible through an online calendar at www.evergreen.ca), including harvest festivals, sustainability fairs and helpful workshops.

"PowerStream encourages customers to join thousands of other Ontarians who participate in the peaksaver conservation program," said Patrick Guran, PowerStream's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "Now by signing up for peaksaver our customers will not only help to reduce electricity demand during critical peak periods of restricted power supply but will also be contributing to a cleaner and greener community."

Guran also pointed out how the initiative with Evergreen is consistent with the "Go Green with PowerStream" messaging the company is now including in some of its communications to customers.

PowerStream customers receive the following benefits for participating in the utility's peaksaver conservation program:

- A free Honeywell ENERGY STAR qualified thermostat with touch screen display and internet addressability allowing for customers to remotely control their home's temperature online.

- Thermostat installation done by a qualified Honeywell technician at no charge.

- $25 for participating with a matching contribution to Evergreen.

Customers with questions regarding the program, or wishing to enroll, are encouraged to contact the peaksaver Call Centre at 1-866-323-0206.

About PowerStream

PowerStream is the second largest municipally-owned local electricity distribution company in Ontario, providing service to more than 315,000 residential and business customers in Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Markham, Penetanguishene Richmond Hill, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the City of Barrie, the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities-now and for the future. Since 1991, it has engaged people in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic outdoor spaces across Canada - in schools, communities and homes. Its entrepreneurial approach to social responsibility creates vibrant neighbourhoods, a healthy natural environment and a sustainable society for all.

Contact Information

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    Eric Fagen, Director, Corporate Communications
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    eric.fagen@powerstream.ca