Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

November 30, 2010 12:00 ET

University of Ottawa Earns Top Marks for State-of-the-Art Environmental Facility

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2010) -

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Hydro Ottawa has presented the University of Ottawa a cheque for more than $136,000 for its participation in the utility's Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP). The funds provided through the ERIP program will go towards the University's recent transformation of the 6,000 tonne cooling system at its Louis-Pasteur facility into a state-of-the-art power plant. 

The University of Ottawa, which invested a total of $735,000 in this project, was able to achieve outstanding results by re-configuring key components and installing 17 new variable speed motor and automatic controls. The upgraded cooling plant will reduce electricity consumption by 25 percent and 544 peak kW, while increasing the pumping capacity of the plant. It is expected to reduce annual energy consumption by nearly 1.5 million kWh, saving $145,000 in electricity costs and reducing GHG emissions by nearly 320 tonnes.

"The University of Ottawa has put forward several exceptional environmental initiatives over the past several years, including the upgrade of our power plant," said Allan Rock, president of the University of Ottawa. "As one the most environmentally focused universities in the country, we will continue to maintain high environmental standards to benefit every member of our community."

The new power plant will help meet the increasing energy demand driven by the campus's building expansion. It is also part of the seven-year Resource Optimization Program, a $12 million investment that will save the University of Ottawa about $2.5 million annually by 2015.

"The University of Ottawa is adept at identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities for energy conservation, including those offered through Hydro Ottawa. We have recognized the University's exceptional conservation efforts in the past with our Companies for Conservation award," said Rosemarie Leclair, president and CEO, Hydro Ottawa. "As an alumna, I take great pride in the University's tradition of energy conservation leadership in our community. I give its management an A+ for more than three decades devoted to continuously improving its environmental sustainability." 

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) is a province-wide program funded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and administered in Ottawa and Casselman by Hydro Ottawa. This program provides partial funding to commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural customers who complete energy efficiency retrofit projects at their facilities. For more information, please visit Hydro Ottawa's website at www.hydroottawa.com/conservation.

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity distribution company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to 300,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. 

The University of Ottawa is a cosmopolitan community of over 40,000 students, faculty and staff who live, work and study in both English and French. At the heart of Canada's capital, the University of Ottawa is one of our country's leading research universities.

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Contact Information

  • Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Rosemary Walsh
    Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
    Media Pager: 613-221-0063
    University of Ottawa
    Vincent Lamontagne
    Manager, Media Relations
    613-562-5800, ext. 3087
    613-864-9087 (cell)