CEA Welcomes National Standards for Lighting Efficiency

    OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Electricity Association
(CEA) welcomes the announcement of performance standards for lighting products
announced today by Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn.
    "Throughout Canada electricity utilities have developed and delivered
programs that encourage customers to adopt more efficient lighting technology.
These programs have helped efficient lighting products gain popular
acceptance," said Hans Konow, CEA President and Chief Executive Officer. "The
application of appropriate standards to ensure minimum threshold energy
efficiency performance for lighting products will help to increase efficient
lighting options and choices available to consumers " added Mr. Konow.
    Additionally, CEA welcomes the proposed collaborative approach, drawing
together provincial and territorial governments, electric utilities,
manufacturers and distributors that will result in the definition of a
standard by the end of 2007 and timelines for the elimination of
low-efficiency lighting by 2012.
    A study funded in part by CEA concerning the energy efficiency potential
for Canada identified lighting as having the highest potential for energy
savings. Lighting is responsible for a significant portion of the electricity
consumed by buildings: 18,000 GWh/annually of Residential electricity used in
Canada (4 % of total energy use) and almost 40,000 GWh/annually (14 % of total
energy use) of the commercial electricity used in Canada.
    The federal government's initiative to improve the efficiency of lighting
products through standards complements a collaborative effort already underway
among CEA, utilities, governments and standards bodies to transform the
lighting market to more efficient technology.
    "Energy efficiency is an effective strategy to help mitigate demand,
moderate electricity bills, reduce energy use and emissions, and improve
economic competitiveness," said Mr. Konow. "CEA member companies are strong
proponents of government and industry partnerships to enhance energy
efficiency and help customers manage their electricity bills and are looking
forward to working with the federal government in defining appropriate
standards for efficient lighting."

    CEA is the voice of the Canadian electricity industry, promoting
electricity as the critical enabler of the economy and Canadians' expectations
for an enhanced quality of life.

For further information:

For further information: Brigitte Hébert, (514) 697-3626, Mobile: (514)
241-5327, hebert@canelect.ca; Francis Bradley, (613) 230-5027, Mobile: (514)
945-0532, bradley@canelect.ca

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