Ontario's Electricity Distributors' Delivery of Conservation and Demand Management Programs is Netting Positive Results - Providing the Tools for Ontarians to Conserve



    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA)
supports the leadership role that the province's local electricity
distribution companies (LDCs) are playing in helping to create a 'culture of
conservation' among Ontarians.
    The recent release of distributors' 2006 Conservation and Demand
Management (CDM) Annual Reports, demonstrates the commitment of electricity
utilities in making conservation and energy efficiency an important priority.
The reports highlight a wide range of conservation and demand management
activities that are helping consumers to not only conserve energy, but save
money.
    "Electricity distribution companies have increased their efforts on
conservation programming to encourage a culture of energy efficiency and to
provide consumers the tools to manage their electricity usage," says David
Collie, EDA Chair. "The distribution sector is proud of its role in bringing
conservation programming to a spectrum of customers - residents, businesses,
schools and institutions."
    As part of the $163 million in CDM plans approved by the Ontario Energy
Board, Ontario's distribution companies invested almost $73 million in
conservation and demand management programs in 2006 that has resulted in
electricity savings of over 495 million kilowatt hours, or enough electricity
to power over 42,000 homes for a year. Since 2005, electricity distributors
have spent $108 million and have saved almost 655 million kilowatt hours. At
the completion of the 3-year program at the end of this year, distributors
will have initiated over 500 conservation and demand management programs for
Ontario's electricity consumers.
    Electricity distributors recently came together at Queen's Park to meet
with MPPs and highlight an array of innovative conservation activities
undertaken by distributors. Speaking at that event, Minister of Energy Dwight
Duncan said: "Ontario's local distributions companies are on the front lines
when it comes to delivering energy conservation programs for Ontarians. That's
why the McGuinty government has made available up to $560 million for LDCs to
develop energy conservation and CDM programs that are being delivered in every
corner of our province."
    In addition, many electricity distributors have also contracted with the
Ontario Power Authority to deliver province wide conservation programs -
programs that have been successfully piloted in local jurisdictions. This
initiative is part of a $400 million provincial government fund that is being
managed by the OPA and is intended to support LDC conservation efforts.
    "As the front line deliverers of Conservation and Demand Management,
local distributors are the principle point of contact for electricity
consumers", says Charlie Macaluso, EDA President and CEO. "Distributors are
able to leverage this close relationship and provide the essential tools to
help residential and commercial customers conserve. Our efforts are making a
difference."

    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. The EDA provides members with
advocacy and representation in the legislative and regulatory environment and
the electricity market in Ontario.




For further information:

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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