Innovative conservation program to deliver energy-saving initiatives
directly to Aboriginal communities across Ontario
TORONTO, March 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario is taking another step to help
consumers reduce electricity consumption and manage electricity costs.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and First Nations Engineering
Services Ltd. are pleased to officially launch the saveONenergy
ABORIGINAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM, the first of its kind in Ontario.
This program provides customized conservation services designed to help
First Nation communities, including remote and northern communities,
reduce their electricity consumption. The program will also create
clean energy employment opportunities, potentially providing up to 30
jobs in selected Aboriginal communities. Program managers, community
coordinators, canvassers and energy auditors will be hired to deliver
the program to participating communities.
To help deliver the program, the Ontario Power Authority has partnered
with the Aboriginal firm First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. In the
first year of the program, eight First Nation communities, including
two remote communities, will be selected to implement conservation
measures to meet their energy needs. All First Nation communities
across Ontario are encouraged to apply.
The Aboriginal Conservation Program will also provide Métis and urban
Aboriginal peoples with support and information to more easily access
province-wide conservation programs offered by local utilities.
By participating in the program, First Nations communities can manage
their electricity costs, improve home comfort through draft proofing
and other measures and receive free energy-efficient upgrades. Members
in participating communities will have access to a certified energy
auditor, and eligible businesses and facilities can receive assessments
for their lighting and water-heating systems
"Our government is committed to ensuring Aboriginal peoples have access
to the tools they need to succeed. This program will help Métis, urban
Aboriginal peoples and First Nation communities manage electricity
costs and conserve energy. I encourage all Aboriginal communities to
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
"Thanks to programs like this, Ontario is a North American conservation
leader. The least expensive energy is the energy we don't use, and more
Ontario families and businesses are embracing conservation and using
electricity more efficiently."
Minister of Energy
"Conservation will always be our first priority for Ontario's
electricity system, because it's less costly than new generation and it
helps consumers manage their electricity costs. We are pleased to be
working closely with Ontario's First Nation and Métis communities to
help them use energy efficiently and manage energy costs."
CEO of the Ontario Power Authority
SOURCE: Ontario Power Authority
For further information:
Aboriginal Conservation Program website
Aboriginal Conservation Program Manager
Toll Free: 1-855-445-0202
Tim Butters, Ontario Power Authority: 416-969-6307 / Toll Free: 1-800-797-9604