Veridian and Hydro One Team Up to Deliver Savings to Clarington and Port Hope Small Business Customers



    CLARINGTON, ON, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Starting today, small businesses in
Clarington and Port Hope may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 worth of free
energy-saving products and services through the Power Savings Blitz; a program
offered by Veridian Connections and Hydro One Networks in partnership with the
Ontario Power Authority. The program is designed to help local businesses save
money on electricity costs and to support the province's conservation goals.
    "Small business is an integral part of our local economy and I encourage
programs that can help them to grow and prosper," said Jim Abernethy, Mayor of
Clarington. "The Power Savings Blitz will help local businesses maintain their
competitive edge and, at the same time, will benefit the environment through
reduced energy use. I'm very pleased that the program is being launched in our
community."
    Over the next few weeks representatives of Veridian Connections and Hydro
One Networks will be visiting small businesses in Bowmanville, Orono,
Newcastle, Courtice, and Port Hope to formally introduce Power Savings Blitz.
All eligible businesses will be offered a free energy audit that will identify
energy efficient upgrade opportunities. The first 600 qualifying businesses
that agree to proceed with the upgrades will each receive up to $1,000 worth
of energy efficient improvements, free of charge.
    "The energy efficiency retrofits offered through this program are pretty
simple but the result is significant," said Michael Angemeer, President and
CEO of Veridian Connections. "Just by taking out old, energy wasteful lighting
systems and replacing them with more efficient products, a business can
notably reduce its electricity usage. And with recent technological
improvements, lighting quality will be maintained or even improved."
    The Power Savings Blitz is focused largely on upgrades to lighting
systems. The older fluorescent tube lights typically found in stores and
businesses are much less efficient than newer lighting technology. Existing
fixtures can often be retrofit with new electronic ballasts and energy-saving
tube lighting that uses about one-third less electricity.
    "Although lighting may not represent the largest operating expense for
many small businesses, the total amount of electricity used by lighting
systems in this sector is considerable across our service areas," said
Giuliana Rossini, Director Strategy and Conservation Officer, Hydro One
Networks. "Anything we can do to help our business customers become more
energy efficient is a benefit not only to them, but to everyone concerned
about saving electricity and protecting the environment."
    The communities of Clarington and Port Hope were selected for the initial
launch of the Power Savings Blitz program due to local supply constraints that
make conservation in these areas a priority. It is expected that the program
will be expanded in 2009 to include other communities served by Veridian and
Hydro One.
    To learn more about the program, small business owners are encouraged to
attend one of two free information sessions. Please register your attendance
with info@powersavingsblitz.ca.

    Wednesday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m.
    Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
    (2440 King Street West, Bowmanville)

    Thursday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.
    Port Hope High School (130 Highland Drive, Port Hope)

    To SIGN UP for the Power Savings Blitz program:
    Veridian Connections customers: www.veridian.on.ca/psb
    Hydro One Networks customers: www.HydroOne.com/Blitz
    Or call 1-866-932-8283

    About Veridian Connections:

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 110,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the
Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge,
Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and
Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian
Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of
Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.

    About Hydro One Networks:

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 125,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.

    About the Ontario Power Authority:

    The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable,
sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of focus
are: planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating
conservation initiatives across the province, ensuring development of needed
generation resources and supporting the continued commercial evolution of the
electricity sector.





For further information:

For further information: George Armstrong, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
and Key Projects, Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870 extension 2202,
garmstrong@veridian.on.ca; Daniele Gauvin, Media Relations Officer, Hydro One
Networks, (416) 345-6908, daniele.gauvin@hydroone.com

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