Almost 90 Ontario Communities Vie for Conservation Honours
TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - In just two days, communities across Ontario
will be competing to be the provincial champions of energy conservation.
Almost 90 municipalities, representing 82 percent of Ontarians, have
committed to the second province-wide Power Pledge Community Challenge.
The complete list of participating communities and their achievements
can be found on an interactive map at the campaign website:
The Power Pledge Community Challenge is part of a five-month awareness
campaign that encourages all Ontarians to commit to a few simple,
meaningful conservation actions that save energy and money, and help
protect the environment.
There are two ways for communities to win the Power Pledge Community
The communities with the highest number of Power Pledges per capita on
August 11 win both a trophy and a $10,000 award to support a qualified
local renewable energy project;
The community achieving the largest reduction in electricity use from
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Community Challenge Day, August 11, will win the
megawatt-reduction category and the prestigious Woodstock Cup
You can help your community win by taking the Power Pledge at
www.powerpledge.ca. Power Pledgers can earn 20 AIR MILES® reward miles
and donate an additional 10 reward miles to one of three designated
charities. Pledges will be accepted online until August 31, 2010.
In 2009, Sioux Lookout achieved the highest percentage of its residents
who took the pledge. Kingston won the Woodstock Cup by reducing its
consumption on Challenge Day by 7.8 percent.
The Power Pledge Community Challenge is a collaboration of the Ontario
Power Authority, the Electricity Distributors Association, the
Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Independent Electricity
System Operator -- and their associated members. The campaign also
acknowledges the long-standing leadership of the City of Woodstock by
annually awarding the Woodstock Cup to the winner of the
Phantom power - the electricity consumed by many electronics devices
turned off but left plugged in - can add up to 15 percent of total
household consumption. Reducing phantom power through the use of power
bars is a focus of this year's Power Pledge campaign.
conservation is a win-win for all Ontarians," says Ontario Power
Authority CEO Colin Andersen. "Together, we can all save money, save
energy and help the environment."
SOURCE Ontario Power Authority
For further information: For further information:
Ontario Power Authority
416-969-6307 / 1-800-797-9604