Take the Power Pledge online and curb electricity use - everyone wins
TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Today between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., communities across Ontario are competing to be provincial champions in energy conservation.
In today's 2010 Power Pledge Community Challenge, participating Ontario communities are working to win conservation honours, earn valuable renewable energy awards and demonstrate how energy conservation can save money, save energy and help the environment.
Almost 90 municipalities, representing 82 percent of Ontarians, have committed to the Power Pledge Community Challenge. (For a full list of participating communities see below).
There are two ways for communities to win the Power Pledge Community Challenge:
1. The communities with the highest number of Power Pledges per capita
by 8 p.m. tonight win both a trophy and a $10,000 award to support a
local renewable energy project;
2. The community achieving the largest reduction in electricity use from
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today will win the megawatt-reduction category and
the prestigious Woodstock Cup.
Winners of the Power Pledge Community Challenge will be announced on August 16, 2010, at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's annual conference in Windsor, Ont.
You can help your community win by taking the Power Pledge at www.powerpledge.ca. Power Pledgers can earn 20 AIR MILES(R) reward miles and donate an additional 10 reward miles to one of three designated charities. Pledges will be accepted online until August 31, 2010.
The Power Pledge Community Challenge is part of a five-month conservation awareness campaign that encourages all Ontarians to commit to a few simple, meaningful conservation actions that can have lasting financial and environmental impact.
Key Facts About Energy Conservation and Ontario
- Energy conservation is less expensive than creating new generation,
can be implemented faster, has less environmental impact and creates
local employment. Upfront investments in conservation pay dividends
for many years after, particularly as the cost of electricity rises.
- Local electricity distribution companies offer an array of
residential and business conservation programs that can help achieve
lasting energy savings. Complete information is available at
- 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.
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 megawatt-reduction category.
"We encourage all Ontarians to take the Power Pledge today," says Ontario Power Authority CEO Colin Andersen. "Everyone wins when we save energy - it's good for our environment, and conservation creates jobs for Ontarians. The Power Pledge Community Challenge proves we can make a positive difference to our future through smart choices."
Arnprior East Gwillimbury Mississauga St. Marys
Aurora Fort Erie Newmarket St. Catharines
Aylmer Georgina Niagara Falls St. Thomas
Barrie Goderich Niagara-on-the-Lake Stratford
Belleville Guelph Niagara Region Sudbury
Blind River Haldimand County Norfolk County Tecumseh
Brant County Halton Hills Oakville Thessalon
Brantford Halton Region Orangeville Thorold
Brighton Hamilton Orillia Thunder Bay
Brock Innisfil Ottawa Tillsonburg
Brockton Ingersoll Owen Sound Timmins
Brockville Kawartha Lakes Parry Sound Toronto
Burlington Kenora Peel Region Vaughan
Caledon King Pelham Waterloo
Callander Kingston Penetanguishene Waterloo Region
Cambridge Kitchener Peterborough Welland
Centre Wellington London Pickering Whitby
Chatham-Kent Markham Port Colborne Whitchurch-
Clarington Meaford Richmond Hill Windsor
Cobourg Midland Sarnia Woodstock
Collingwood Milton Sault Ste. Marie Woolwich
Dryden Minto Sioux Lookout
SOURCE Ontario Power Authority
For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Tim Butters, Ontario Power Authority, 416-969-6307, 1-800-797-9604; B-roll & Stills (Available August 16): Grant Kozlik, Ontario Power Authority, 416-969-6119