Best Conservers Vie For Bragging Rights and Awards
TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Sioux Lookout and Kingston will have their work cut out to win this year's Power Pledge Community Challenge if dozens of other Ontario communities have their way. The two communities won last year's friendly competition, defeating 81 other communities in the major province-wide conservation awareness campaign.
The Community Challenge, launched today, is part of the five month Power Pledge campaign that encourages all Ontarians to commit to a few simple, meaningful conservation actions to save money and help protect the environment. The Power Pledge can be found at www.powerpledge.ca. The Community Challenge culminates on Challenge Day, Wednesday August 11, 2010.
Fifty-four Ontario communities have already registered for the annual community challenge that demonstrates which ones get bragging rights as Ontario's most conservation-conscious municipalities. It is expected that more than 100 communities will enter the competition this year.
Communities confirmed to date:
Arnprior Halton Region Parry Sound
Aurora Hamilton Peel Region
Aylmer Ingersoll Pelham
Belleville Kenora Peterborough
Blind River King Port Colborne
Brighton Kingston Sarnia
Brockton Kitchener Sioux Lookout
Burlington London St. Catharines
Callander Markham Sudbury
Cambridge Meaford Tecumseh
Chatham-Kent Newmarket Thorold
Clarington Minto Tillsonburg
Dryden Niagara Falls Timmins
Elora Niagara Region Toronto
Fergus Oakville Waterloo
Goderich Orillia Waterloo Region
Guelph Ottawa Woodstock
Halton Hills Owen Sound Woolwich
Participating municipalities can compete in two different categories:
- The highest percentage drop in electricity consumption between 8:00am
and 8:00pm on Wednesday August 11;
- The highest per capita participation in The Power Pledge campaign.
In 2009, the Community Challenge included communities representing some 56 percent of Ontarians. Sioux Lookout achieved the highest percentage of its residents taking the Pledge. Kingston won the Woodstock Cup by reducing its consumption on the Challenge Day by 7.8 percent.
The Community Challenge is a collaboration of the Ontario Power Authority OPA, the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) - 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 megawatt-reduction category.
"Understanding the power of collective action and the accumulative effect that individual conservation actions can have, will help us ensure a cleaner, environmentally sound and sustainable energy future for all Ontarians," said Brian Bentz, Chair of the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). "What better way to promote conservation awareness than through a friendly challenge that brings out the best in local pride through some good natured competition between communities? Promoting energy conservation awareness is the first step in inspiring action and Ontario's electricity distributors will be taking action with their local municipalities on Community Challenge Day."
"AMO is proud to partner with the Power Pledge campaign" said Peter Hume, AMO President. "Energy efficiency and conservation lower municipal costs and fight climate change. The more people know about wasteful things like 'phantom power,' the easier it will be for them to save money at home as well. We strongly encourage municipalities to join the Power Pledge Campaign as a means to inspire community wide energy conservation."
"The Ontario Chamber network of 160 local chambers and boards of trade across the province is a natural ally for the Community Challenge", said Len Crispino, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "We're pleased to help raise awareness about the importance and impact of conservation efforts."
"The Community Challenge is a fun, engaging way to urge Ontarians to take The Power Pledge", said Colin Andersen, CEO of the Power Authority. "Everyone saves electricity and money - not to mention helping the environment. And it is local leadership that can really make it happen."
"An increasing number of consumers want to manage their electricity use and reduce their impact on the environment," said Paul Murphy, President and CEO of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator. "These conservation and demand management efforts are gaining momentum and support our efforts to reliably operate Ontario's power system."
City of Woodstock
"In most competitions, there are winners and losers," said Michael Harding, Mayor of the City of Woodstock. "In this one, everybody wins - we all save money and fight climate change. But of course, we still want Woodstock to win!"
About the sponsors
- The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) and its 80 local
electricity distributors - the publicly and privately owned companies
that safely and reliably deliver electricity to over 4.5 million
Ontario homes, businesses and institutions.
- The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), representing
almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments.
- The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Chamber Executives of
Ontario, representing local chambers and boards of trade across the
- The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) - The IESO
balances the supply of and demand for electricity in Ontario and then
directs its flow across the province's transmission lines. The IESO
is the official arbiter of the Community Challenge results.
- The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is responsible for leading and
co-ordinating conservation initiatives across the province.
- The City of Woodstock and Mayor Michael Harding continue to play a
leadership role in The Community Challenge campaign by encouraging
participation by municipalities throughout the province.
SOURCE Ontario Power Authority
For further information: For further information: Ontario Power Authority - Media Contact Line, (416) 969-6307; Electricity Distributors' Association - Christine Hallas, (905) 265-5322; Association of Municipalities of Ontario - Brian Lambie, (905) 271-1668; Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Erin Riach, (416) 482-5222 x 248; Independent Electricity System Operation - Alexandra Campbell, (416) 506-2806