77 Ontario Communities Take Part in Conservation Challenge - Growing Pledge Count Shows Commitment and Competitive Spirit

    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - At a time when Ontario's electricity supply is
robust, 77 Ontario communities representing 56 percent of the population are
showing a forward-thinking commitment to conservation by participating in
"Count Me In! Community Challenge Day."
    To be held this August 14th, the Community Challenge Day falls on the
anniversary of the 2003 North American blackout. Thus far, it has attracted 77
municipal and regional governments, to formally declare their intention to
save energy; the campaign began with just 19 when it was launched in early
June. (A list of participating communities follows the news release.)
    These communities, and an ever growing number of individuals who have
taken a personal energy savings pledge at the campaign website
(www.countmeinontario.ca), are in the forefront of helping Ontario achieve its
goal of attaining the most ambitious conservation targets in North America -
the equivalent of taking one-in-five electricity users off the grid by the end
of 2025.
    Participating municipalities can compete in two different categories: The
highest percentage drop in electricity consumption between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00
p.m. (as measured by the Independent Electricity System Operator), and the
highest per capita participation in the Count Me In! pledge drive. The website
includes an interactive map that identifies the participating communities and
shows their pledge statistics. It offers a variety of resources to encourage
conservation and reward participation, including three separate contests.
    The Count Me In! Community Challenge Day is an extension of the Blackout
Day Challenge developed by the City of Woodstock. It has been organized by the
Ontario Power Authority in conjunction with Mayor Michael Harding of Woodstock
and is supported by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Electricity
Distributors Association, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Hydro
One, and the IESO.
    Results of the province-wide challenge will be announced at the
Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference on August 19th in


    "Communities across Ontario are showing they care about their future and
realize that it requires a commitment to energy conservation," says Mayor
Michael Harding of Woodstock. "No matter which community comes out on top on
Challenge Day on August 14th, everyone wins when we choose to conserve  - it
save energy and money, creates employment and helps protect our environment.
I'm glad that the City of Woodstock has been able to take its challenge across
the Province."

              Count Me In! Community Challenge Participant List
                               (July 31, 2009)

    Aurora           Elliot Lake    Newmarket         Stratford
    Arnprior         Fort Erie      Niagara Region    Sudbury
    Aylmer           Georgina       Norfolk County    Tecumseh
    Barrie           Goderich       Orangeville       Thessalon
    Belleville       Guelph         Orillia           Thorold
    Blind River      Hamilton       Ottawa            Tillsonburg
    Brant            Halton Hills   Owen Sound        Timmins
    Brighton         Halton Region  Oxford County     Township of East Ferris
    Township of
     Brock           Ingersoll      Parry Sound       Trent Hills
    Brockton         Kenora         Peel, Region of   Val Rita-Harty
    Burlington       King Township  Penetanguishene   Vaughan
    Caledon          Kingston       Peterborough      Waterloo
    Callander        Kitchener      Port Colborne     Waterloo Region
    Cambridge        London         Richmond Hill     Welland
    Chatham-Kent     Markham        Sarnia            Whitby
    Clarington       Meaford        Sault Ste. Marie  Whitchurch-Stouffville
    Durham Region    Midland        Sioux Lookout     Windsor
    Dryden           Milton         South Bruce       Woodstock
    East Gwillimbury                St.Catharines     Woolwich
                                    St. Marys
                                    St. Thomas


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