The Beer Store Doesn't Waste a Drop: Toronto Hydro's Featured Conservation
Customer

TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ -

NEWS

By putting over-consumption 'on ice', The Beer Store, is bridging the gap between wanting to conserve electricity and actually doing it. Continuing to walk the talk on conservation, The Beer Store recently participated in the Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") Power Savings Blitz program retrofitting 42 retail stores across Toronto. Thanks to the Power Saving Blitz program, The Beer Store will save approximately 184,000 kilowatt hours a year (kWh), removing approximately 38.5 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions from the environment, the equivalent of nearly 8 cars off the road for one year.

Toronto Hydro is pleased to recognize The Beer Store as the latest 2009 Customer for Conservation for being a business customer who believes strongly in conservation and is actively devoted to working towards a culture of conservation in Toronto.

Toronto Hydro's Power Savings Blitz Program was developed for small businesses and individually-metered buildings using 50 kW or less. The program focuses on efficient lighting upgrades.

Not only is The Beer Store taking action to conserve electricity, it is achieving success as a global leader in the practice of extended producer responsibility taking back all of the packaging materials it sells: bottles, cans, cartons, caps, kegs, plastic bags and can rings. This emphasis on reusing and recycling containers and packaging frees up landfill space and significantly reduces pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Ontarians. In addition to using electricity responsibly, The Beer Store continues to practice social responsibility; actively promoting responsible use and ensuring responsible sales of its products.

QUOTES

"The Beer Store is very pleased to be recognized by Toronto Hydro for its energy reduction efforts", said Beer Store president, Ted Moroz. "Without taking our eye off our highly successful and widely recognized deposit return system, we have broadened our focus to include the pursuit of energy reduction in recent years. This award is a much appreciated recognition of our efforts in this important area" added Moroz. In addition to the Power Savings Blitz energy conservation program the Beer Store also continues to seek out and implement new strategies to reduce energy use throughout its Retail Stores and Logistics Distribution Centres in the areas of truck operations and refrigeration to name a few.

Toronto Hydro Corporation President and CEO, David O'Brien commented, "from hundreds of small convenience stores to a world-class organization like The Beer Store, the success and uptake of our Power Savings Blitz is a clear example of how saving electricity and money is easy to do. I applaud The Beer Store and am sure that they will continue to lead by example."

FACTS

    
    -   2007 marked a landmark year for The Beer Store's product stewardship
        program as TBS entered into a five-year contract with the Ontario
        government to take back and refund deposits on all wine, spirit and
        cooler containers sold in Ontario.
    -   Power Savings Blitz is an energy conservation program offered by
        Toronto Hydro-Electric System, in partnership with the Ontario Power
        Authority. This program provides small businesses with up to $1000 in
        free energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades.
    -   To date, Toronto Hydro has paid approximately $8.0 million to cover
        the cost of lighting retrofits for more than 10,600 businesses in
        Toronto. It is estimated that this will save approximately 10
        megawatts (MW) of electricity.
    -   Toronto Hydro's Customers for Conservation series recognizes business
        customers that are bridging the gap between wanting to conserve
        electricity and actually doing it. Customers who have participated in
        Toronto Hydro programs or nominated by customers or the public are
        chosen to be profiled. To nominate a business, customers can send an
        email to contactus@torontohydro.com

    Links:    www.torontohydro.com/powersavingsblitz
              www.thebeerstore.ca
    

The Beer Store is the primary distribution and sales channel for beer in Ontario selling 85 per cent of the beer sold in the province. Open to all brewers, TBS operates 440 retail stores, serves 16,700 licensed customers, 600 government-owned LCBO retail locations, 140 Retail Partners, and 76 Northern Agents. Customers can choose from more than 350 beer brands from over 80 brewers from around the world. The Beer Store is proud of its 81-year history of social responsibility and environmental leadership including its bottle deposit return system and commitment to recover 100 per cent of beer packaging, as well as all wine and spirit containers through the new Ontario Deposit Return Program.

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited is the regulated "wires" affiliate and is one of the largest municipal electric distribution utilities in Canada, delivering electricity to a broadly diverse, economically robust, residential, commercial and industrial customer base in the City of Toronto. The utility serves more than 688,000 customers.

Certain portions of this press release may constitute forward-looking information. Forward-looking information means disclosure regarding possible events, conditions or results that is based on assumptions about future economic conditions and courses of action or attributable to third parties. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "plan" and similar expressions or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although the Corporation believes that it has a reasonable basis for the forward-looking information included in the press release, such information is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual events, conditions or results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking information. Some of the factors that could cause such differences include legislative or regulatory developments; financial market conditions, general economic conditions and the ratings assigned to the corporation or its affiliates or their debt securities by rating agencies. The corporation has no obligation nor any intention to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking information included in the press release after the date thereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: For further information: Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro, tbruckmueller-wilson@torontohydro.com, W: (416) 542-2621, C: (416) 903-0440; Ted Moroz, The Beer Store, ted.moroz@thebeerstore.ca, W: (905) 361-1005


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