Burlington, Sault Ste. Marie and South-West Oxford are top winners in
province-wide Conservation Awards
TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Burlington, Sault Ste. Marie and South-West Oxford are recipients of this year's Community Conservation Awards, which celebrate the leadership and
innovation that municipalities across the province are demonstrating to
support province-wide conservation goals.
Now in its second year, the initiative is a collaborative effort led by
the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) with the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Electricity Distributors
Association (EDA). The three winners received their awards at today's
Local Authority Services (LAS) Symposium, organized by AMO.
The Community Conservation Awards are presented to communities that
demonstrate strong achievement in the following areas:
Innovation and market transformation
Corporate/internal and community engagement.
The winners represent population categories of up to 50,000, 50,000 to
150,000, and over 150,000.
The awards are open to all cities, towns and municipalities in Ontario.
Participating municipalities were required to provide a written
submission that outlined their conservation efforts, as well as a
recent case study highlighting a specific conservation initiative
undertaken in their community.
"Congratulations to Burlington, Sault Ste. Marie and South-West Oxford
for their commitment to energy conservation," says Bob Chiarelli,
Ontario Minister of Energy. "The recently announced Long-Term Energy
Plan confirmed conservation will be the first resource considered to
meet emerging energy needs, where cost-effective. The leadership of
these communities will help implement this goal."
"We are pleased to recognize these communities for their achievements in
energy conservation and commitment towards ensuring long-term energy
sustainability," says Andrew Pride, OPA's Vice-President, Conservation.
"Burlington, Sault Ste. Marie and South-West Oxford have taken the initiative to promote conservation in their local
communities and demonstrate their leadership province-wide."
"Congratulations to the winners of this year's Community Conservation
Awards. Municipalities are at the forefront of reducing energy costs
and fighting climate change. AMO and our subsidiary, LAS, are actively
supporting efforts to build a culture of conservation in Ontario," says
AMO President Russ Powers. "Conservation is not just the cheapest
energy option. As these municipalities have shown, it delivers
substantial economic, social and environmental benefits to the whole
"We commend these municipalities for working hard to engage with their
communities and to build broad and informed support for conservation,"
says EDA Chair Rene Gatien. "These municipalities are leading examples
for all communities in Ontario working to get the most from our energy
resources, often in partnership with local electrical utilities."
More information about the Community Conservation Awards can be found at
More information about Ontario's saveONenergy energy conservation
programs can be found at www.saveonenergy.ca.
The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable,
sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its key areas of focus
are planning the power system for the long term, leading and
coordinating conservation initiatives across the province, and ensuring
development of needed generation resources.
SOURCE: Ontario Power Authority
For further information:
John Cannella, Ontario Power Authority