Hydro Ottawa recognizes local museums for conservation leadership

OTTAWA, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Whether it is engaging visitors with an interactive energy exhibit, generating solar power or installing efficient retrofits, the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is creating a culture of energy conservation in our community. Hydro Ottawa is recognizing the museums' efforts with this month's Companies for Conservation award.

"What sets the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation apart is that they are inspiring the next generation of leaders to think of the environment and reduce their energy use, and they are also taking action to make their operations energy efficient," said Roger Marsh, Hydro Ottawa's Chief Energy Management Officer.

Thanks to upgrading the chiller at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and retrofitting 1,700 fixtures with LED lights at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Corporation has seen its energy costs decrease. The lighting retrofit will also reduce the museum's operating and maintenance costs as the new LED bulbs last 10 times longer. In all, Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation received $100,545 in incentives through the saveONenergy Retrofit Program, which is administered locally by Hydro Ottawa.

"We are proud to be recognized for the retrofit projects we completed at all of our sites and for our efforts to educate younger visitors about energy conservation as a whole," said Simon Aubin, Chief, Facilities Services, for the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation.

Visit www.hydroottawa.com/c4c to view a video about these energy-efficient improvements and the engaging Let's Talk Energy exhibits at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Agriculture Museum.

Hydro Ottawa's Companies for Conservation award recognizes local companies and organizations for their innovative conservation projects. Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation joins a growing list of business leaders who have also been recognized for their green achievements. Past recipients include: LCBO, the Ottawa Hospital and Bayshore Shopping Centre.

Electricity consumers both large and small can learn more about saving electricity, and the programs that can help them do so, by visiting www.hydroottawa.com.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc.  Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Limited

For further information:

Claudia Lemieux Manager, Public Affairs
Hydro Ottawa
Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 7684
claudialemieux@hydroottawa.com
Cell: 613-552-0382

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