Canadian Electricity Association Recognizes Toronto Hydro as a Sustainable Electricity Company™

Jim R. Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) (right), along with Channa S. Perera, Director, Sustainable Development, CEA (left), presents Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro with the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation. Toronto Hydro is one of only three electricity companies in Canada to be recognized for its sustainability efforts by the CEA. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) announced today that Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") has been designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company™.  Toronto Hydro is the third electricity company in Canada to receive this prestigious appointment.

The Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation was established by CEA for utilities across Canada, which recognizes sustainability efforts and acknowledges success against the three foundational pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic performance.  This designation requires utilities to commit to ISO 14001 standard on Environmental Management Systems and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility.  In addition, companies must also pass a third-party external verification to ensure adherence of brand criteria.

"This designation is a reaffirmation of Toronto Hydro's long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility and making a measurable difference in the communities in which it operates," said Jim R. Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association.   "I congratulate Toronto Hydro for further advancing sustainability by adhering to the rigorous criteria CEA has set."

"Our commitment to sustainability is really a commitment to our community, employees and stakeholders.  As an overarching driver, sustainability plays an important role in our success," said Anthony Haines, President and CEO.  "We're honoured to receive this designation and recognition from CEA."

"The designation of Toronto Hydro is another indication that this sector is mainstreaming sustainability in its decision-making and operations." said David Morrison, President and CEO of Yukon Energy Corporation and Chair of the CEA Board Committee on Sustainability. "I applaud Toronto Hydro for this significant milestone and look forward to seeing more companies achieving this designation in the future."

For more information about the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation, please visit: www.SustainableElectricityCompany.ca.

About CEA
Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) members generate, transmit and distribute electrical energy to industrial, commercial, residential and institutional customers across Canada every day.  From vertically integrated electric utilities, independent power producers, transmission and distribution companies, to power marketers, to the manufacturers and suppliers of materials, technology and services that keep the industry running smoothly -- all are represented by this national industry association.

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About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 733,000 customers located in the city of Toronto.  It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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Image with caption: "Jim R. Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) (right), along with Channa S. Perera, Director, Sustainable Development, CEA (left), presents Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro with the Sustainable Electricity Company™ designation. Toronto Hydro is one of only three electricity companies in Canada to be recognized for its sustainability efforts by the CEA. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140617_C2912_PHOTO_EN_3716.jpg

For further information: Canadian Electricity Association, Samara Wiseman, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, Tel.: 613 688 2954, Cell: 613 355 4022, Email: wiseman@electricity.ca; Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, Tanya Bruckmueller, Communications Specialist, Tel.: 416 542 2621, Cell: 416 903 0440, Email: tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com