Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer's 'Report Card' on Conservation Shows Province's Electricity Distributors are Providing Leadership in the Creation of a Conservation Culture in Ontario



    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Today's release of Ontario's Chief Energy
Conservation Officer's 2007 Annual Report on the state of energy conservation
in Ontario demonstrates the commitment and leadership of local electricity
distribution companies (LDCs) in bringing province-wide conservation
programming to their customers.
    The Report highlights a series of province-wide summer conservation
programs delivered by participating electricity distributors - the Great
Refrigerator Roundup, Summer Savings and the peaksaver(TM) program. These
programs were delivered in addition to hundreds of other conservation and
demand management (CDM) programs developed and implemented by distributors
over the past three years in communities across Ontario.
    The report also underscores that the thirteen electricity distributors
designated by the provincial government to install the first 800,000 smart
meters by the end of 2007, have already exceeded targets and will install over
1 million meters by year's end. The implementation of smart meters is yet
another way in which distributors are providing the tools to help consumers
conserve.
    "We're very proud of the difference we're making in conservation by
providing our customers across the province with a full selection of effective
programs," said EDA Chair, David Collie. "In addition to our local activities,
we have worked with the Ontario Government as front-line deliverers of
province-wide programs to provide the tools that are helping Ontarians
conserve and our efforts are making a difference."
    The Great Refrigerator Roundup program continues through to the end of
the year and is allowing electricity consumers to have inefficient
refrigerators and freezers removed free of charge. Summer Savings gives
customers a 10% credit on their fall electricity bills if they were able to
achieve a 10% reduction in electricity use through July and August. And
lastly, the peaksaver(TM) program which involves the installation of load
control devices on air conditioners and hot water heaters that can be
controlled automatically during demand response events when power demand is at
its highest.
    In addition to these province-wide programs, by the end of 2007
electricity distributors will have delivered over 500 CDM programs to
Ontario's electricity consumers - residents, businesses, institutions, and
industry. All of these innovative programs have been approved by Ontario's
regulator, the Ontario Energy Board, and represent an investment of
approximately $163 million over a period spanning the last three years. An
additional $400 million provincial government fund is being managed by the OPA
to help support LDC conservation initiatives in moving forward.
    "These province-wide programs have been made available through local
electricity distributors to over 90% of residential and small businesses
electricity consumers," said Charlie Macaluso, EDA President and CEO. "The
leadership of electricity distributors in bringing viable conservation
programs to their customers, demonstrates the critical role they are playing
in helping to attain a culture of conservation in Ontario."

    The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) is the voice of Ontario's
local electricity distributors, the publicly and privately owned companies
that safely and reliably deliver electricity to over four million Ontario
homes, businesses and public institutions.




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For further information: contact the EDA's Manager of Communications and
Media Relations, Christine Hallas at (905) 265-5322 or by e-mail at
challas@eda-on.ca


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