Electric utility recognized for high increase in peaksaver® sign-ups
AJAX, ON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Veridian Connections has been recognized as
the winner of the 2010 PeakBuster Utility Challenge for having the
largest percentage increase of households participating in the peaksaver® conservation program. Over a six-month period, the company increased
customer participation by 25.23 per cent - the highest percentage
increase recorded by Ontario's large electric utilities.
Veridian was one of 47 electric utilities identified by the Ontario
Clean Air Alliance in the organization's annual challenge - a
competition that recognizes utilities that achieved the largest
percentage increase in peaksaver installations within their service territories between April 1 and
September 30, 2010. Complete results can be viewed online at www.peakbusters.ca/utility.php.
"We are thrilled to be recognized for the success of our peaksaver program," said Eryn Wishnowski, Veridian's residential conservation
program manager. "The award demonstrates that our customers are
committed to reducing the strain on the electricity system during peak
periods of demand, and to helping build a culture of conservation."
Many participating customers signed-up for the program during Veridian's
annual 'Sign Up & Save' Summer Tour. Held between June and August, the
12 week tour includes stops at events and festivals in all communities
serviced by Veridian. The tour provides customers the opportunity to
learn valuable information about energy conservation initiatives, and
an opportunity to sign-up for the peaksaver program.
peaksaver is an innovative program that helps to ensure a reliable power supply in
the province. The program allows a participating customer's air
conditioner to be cycled down when electricity demand is at its highest
through a programmable thermostat installed at their home. The program
is available to customers with central air conditioning in good working
order. Participants receive a free, professionally-installed Honeywell
programmable thermostat ($300 value) and a $25 'thank you' payment.
The PeakBuster Utility Challenge concludes a remarkable year for
Veridian. The company was named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for
2010, it was the recipient of the 'ENERGY STAR Utility of the Year -
Regional' award, and its 200-plus employees celebrated 2.5 million
hours worked without a lost-time injury, among many other
For questions about the peaksaver program, contact Eryn Wishnowski at 905-427-9870, ext. 2229 or email email@example.com.
About Veridian Connections Inc.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 113,000 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 the Ontario Clean Air Alliance
The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of individuals and
approximately 90 organizations, including health and environmental organizations, faith communities, municipalities,
utilities, unions and corporations, that represent over six million Ontarians. The organization was established in 1997 to
achieve the phase-out of Ontario's dirty coal-fired power plants and to move the province towards a renewable electricity
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218