Centre for Energy re-launches Web portal with new focus on consumer information

    Tips save consumers energy and money

    CALGARY, June 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Energy Information
(Centre for Energy) today re-launched its Web portal (www.centreforenergy.com)
which now includes a new consumer information section.
    With energy consumption and the environment top of mind for many
Canadians, the Centre for Energy saw an opportunity to expand its online
offering with information for consumers.
    "It's important for consumers to recognize the part they play in energy
conservation and energy efficiency," said Michael Cleland, president and CEO
of the Canadian Gas Association. "The expanded Centre for Energy Web portal
provides a one stop shop for Canadian consumers to gain easy access to
reliable energy information from wellhead to burner tip, which allows them to
make informed decisions on their energy use."
    "Canadians need a comprehensive source of energy information to support
energy literacy," said Hans Konow, president and CEO, Canadian Electricity
Association. "Access to quality information supports policy discussions and
helps to empower consumers to make informed decisions and optimize their
energy choices."
    The first of four new sections to be launched is the residential section,
which provides consumer tips, an overview on energy consumption related to
residential heating and cooling, appliances and lighting and personal
transportation. Commercial/Institutional, Transportation and Industrial
sections will be subsequently added throughout the year.
    "Most of the tips provided on the Centre for Energy portal are easy to
incorporate into everyday life and include everything from reducing energy use
to updates on electricity and natural gas rates to regulations designed to
protect consumer interests, providing consumers with the information they need
to save energy and money," said Colleen Killingsworth, president, Canadian
Centre for Energy Information. "There are also videos, podcasts and links.
Consumers can even measure the impact of choosing greener options using one of
the energy calculators available on the site."
    Material will be updated frequently to ensure the information provided on
the portal is current and comprehensive. Consumers will even be able to
provide their own tips for saving energy and money in a "Share with us"
section - making the Centre for Energy a truly interactive experience.
    The new portal, in addition to the Centre for Energy's print
publications, will complement the upstream energy information currently
available on the portal and will continue to provide audiences easy access to
complete, un-biased and credible information on Canada's energy system.

    Take an online tour

    Visit www.centreforenergy.com and click on Website Tour to explore
everything the Centre for Energy has to offer.

    About the Canadian Centre for Energy Information

    The Centre for Energy is a non-profit organization created in 2002 to
meet an urgent need for information about the Canadian energy system and
energy-related issues. Developed for North American audiences, the Centre for
Energy believes that an informed public better understands and supports energy
policy and regulatory choices, makes better business decisions related to
energy, chooses careers in energy, invests in energy and uses energy more
wisely. All original content developed by the Centre for Energy is reviewed by
subject matter experts from industry, government, educational institutions and
other interested members of the community to ensure accuracy and balance.
    Our guiding principles govern our decision-making process in the
provision of energy-related information and identify which areas of the portal
may contain opinion-based information and which sections are presented without
editorial opinion or comment. While we believe that the content in our print
publications and on the portal provides a well-vetted, basic level of
educational and statistical information, we are constantly seeking to
incorporate broader and more diverse perspectives.

For further information:

For further information: Colleen Killingsworth, APR, ABC, President,
Canadian Centre for Energy Information, T: (403) 263-7722, Toll Free:
1-877-606-4636, E: ckillingsworth@centreforenergy.com; Tanja Vick, NATIONAL
Public Relations, T: (403) 531-0331, E: tvick@national.ca

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