FortisBC Community Energy Challenge encourages students to think outside of the box

SURREY, BC, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - FortisBC is hosting the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge at the International Student Energy Summit (ISES), which opened today at the University of British Columbia. The Challenge will give student competitors a high-level overview of the process involved in developing a community energy system, which can help address climate action goals.

"We want to share with students some of the innovative energy solutions that are available today and how they can be applied to real-world scenarios," said Doug Stout, vice president, energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC. "I strongly believe that by helping these future energy leaders think outside of the box, together, we will be able to find new and innovative ways to help meet customers' energy needs for tomorrow."

Teams of students selected by FortisBC and ISES organizers will simulate companies bidding on a district energy project, and create a mock community energy system complete with innovative energy sources such as waste water treatment facilities or pulp mills. Finalists in the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge will then present their community energy system to a panel of judges made up of experts on sustainable energy, who will then select the winning team for a cash prize of $4,000.

"We are excited to have FortisBC as a partner hosting the Community Energy Challenge. With their support, students from around the world will be able to learn about the different energy solutions that will continue to power our world in the future" said Rosie Pidcock, chair of ISES. "Globally, we are seeing a mass migration of people into cities, so through the Challenge, we hope to show students the importance of innovative urban energy solutions in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century."

ISES, which takes place from June 9 to 11, 2011 at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a forum for post-secondary students to discuss global energy issues and is being organized by a team of post-secondary students through the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Initiative. This year's summit is the second in a series of biennial conferences to take place in different cities around the world. The previous conference was held in Calgary, Alberta in 2009. FortisBC is a "Founding Sponsor" of ISES and has also awarded bursaries to five students from across the province to attend ISES.

Additional information on the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge can be found at: www.studentenergy.org/fortisbc-community-energy-challenge.

FortisBC is an integrated energy solutions provider focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and alternative energy solutions, at the lowest reasonable cost. FortisBC employs more than 2,000 British Columbians and serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.

SOURCE FortisBC Inc.

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