McGuinty Government To Ban Inefficient Light Bulbs By 2012


    Switch To Efficient Lights, Summer Programs Will Help Ontarians Save
    Electricity And Money, And Protect The Environment

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - Ontario is banning the sale of inefficient
light bulbs by 2012 and launching five province-wide conservation initiatives
as part of the government's commitment to build a conservation culture, Energy
Minister Dwight Duncan and Environment Minister Laurel Broten announced today.
    "It's lights out for old, inefficient bulbs in Ontario," Duncan said. "By
making this one small change, we can all make an enormous difference in the
way we use electricity."
    New efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use
around 75 per cent less electricity than standard old fashioned incandescent
bulbs. Replacing all 87 million incandescent bulbs in Ontario households with
CFLs would save six million megawatt hours annually - enough to power 600,000
homes.
    "Together, Ontarians can - and will - do their part to fight climate
change starting with something as simple as changing a light bulb," said
Broten. "This is an important day for Ontario's environment - this action
alone represents a huge step forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions -
it's the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road."
    The Ministry of Energy will meet with industry, US regulators, and
federal and provincial governments to develop new performance standards for
lamps and to draft regulations to ban the sale of inefficient lighting by 2012
where alternatives exist in the market. In addition, as of today, the
government will only purchase energy efficient light bulbs for its own
buildings.
    "We support the government's initiative to improve the efficiency of all
lighting," said Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada which has a lamp
manufacturing plant in Oakville. "By encouraging the use of high efficiency
lighting, at home and at work, all of us will help reduce greenhouse gas
emissions."
    "Friends of the Earth congratulates the McGuinty government on their
important decision to ban inefficient lighting," said Beatrice Olivastri, CEO,
Friends of the Earth Canada. "A regulation for the ban plus their commitment
to immediately cease provincial government's purchases of out-dated bulbs is a
recipe for success - good for energy conservation and good for fighting
climate change."
    Today also marks the launch of five innovative energy conservation
programs for summer 2007 that will give Ontarians the tools they need to save
energy, money, and the environment:-   Every Kilowatt Counts - a coupon and incentive brochure being mailed
        to every household in Ontario. The program provides coupons for CFL
        bulbs, ceiling fans, timers and other energy-saving devices.
    -   Cool Savings Rebate Program - provides rebates for central air
        conditioner tune-ups and for the installation of energy-efficient
        central air conditioning systems and programmable thermostats.
    -   Great Refrigerator Roundup - will help take old, inefficient fridges
        out of service. Every 1,000 refrigerators retired will save enough
        electricity to power more than 130 homes.
    -   Summer Savings - offers residential and small business consumers an
        incentive for reducing power use: cutting use by 10 per cent during a
        set period gives consumers an additional 10 per cent rebate on their
        electricity bills.
    -   Peaksaver - a voluntary program that allows local distribution
        companies to remotely cycle down central air conditioners, water
        heaters and pool pumps when the electricity system is stretched.

    "These five programs show that conserving electricity can be easy," said
Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "Consumers begin
saving money immediately, both on the products they purchase and by reducing
electricity costs."
    Since 2003, the province has made available up to $2 billion for energy
efficiency and conservation programs. The summer 2007 conservation programs
are just the latest conservation initiatives introduced by the McGuinty
government. Others include:

    -   A commitment to reduce Ontario's projected peak electricity demand by
        five per cent, and the government's own electricity use by 10 per
        cent, by the end of 2007.
    -   Increasing the range of products covered by Ontario's Energy
        Efficiency Act to save Ontarians money and encourage energy
        conservation.
    -   Legislating improvements to the Ontario Building Code to give it the
        toughest energy-efficiency standards of any building code in the
        country.
    -   Providing over $14 million to support low Income conservation
        programs including projects with the Social Services Housing
        Corporation, the Energy Efficiency Assistance for Social Housing
        Program and the Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Program
    -   Supporting a wide range of incentive programs including the Every
        Kilowatt Counts Program that distributed over 2.8 million CFLs in
        2006.
    -   Providing $1.5 million to Project Porchlight to deliver compact
        florescent light bulbs to communities across Ontario.

    "Taken together, these programs represent the largest coordinated effort
Ontario has ever made to conserve electricity," said Duncan. "We're working
with Ontarians to build a culture of conservation that will help ensure our
province has the power it needs to grow and prosper now and long into the
future."

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For further information: Steven Erwin, Ministry of Energy, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-3546; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Ministry of Energy, Communications
Branch, (416) 327-4334; Anne O'Hagan, Ministry of the Environment, Minister's
Office, (416) 325-5809; John Steele, Ministry of the Environment,
Communications Branch, (416) 314-6666