Chief Energy Conservation Officer Issues 2007 Annual Report; Urges Ontario Government To Take Action on 12 Key Recommendations

    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer,
Peter Love, released his 2007 annual report, Taking Action, urging the Ontario
government to adopt 12 key recommendations to achieve a "culture of
conservation" throughout the province.
    Codes and standards are among the most effective ways to achieve the
province's conservation goals, Love emphasized, saying that the OPA will be
pursuing enhanced codes and standards in 2008. As a means of extending the
provincial drive to the local government level, he said he would be
encouraging the appointment of municipal energy conservation officers to
empower all of the province's communities to conserve energy.

    Speaking to a forum of the Ontario Energy Network, Love recapped a number
of positive conservation developments over the past year:

    -   Ontario will meet its peak demand reduction target of 1,350 megawatts
        by 2007.
    -   Ontario consumers have reduced their electricity consumption by about
        five percent per capita (weather-adjusted), between January and
        June 2007, compared to 2005.
    -   The Ontario government has bettered its own 2007 target of 10 percent
        energy savings in government buildings by an additional two percent.

    However, Love believes more must be done to save a "limited and expensive
resource" and reach long-term goals. Love is pushing for the government to
adopt his other recommendations, including:

    -   The Ministry of Energy should develop a comprehensive, integrated
        energy conservation policy for all government departments that aligns
        electricity policies with other related policies; prescribed
        ministries should commit to energy conservation in their statements
        of environmental values.
    -   The Ministry of Energy should issue regulations under the Energy
        Conservation Leadership Act to designate combined heat and power
        projects, clotheslines and solar collectors so that they may be used
        where there are restrictions that would otherwise impede their use.
    -   The Ministry of Energy should raise the minimum energy performance
        standards for six appliances now exempt from provincial retail sales
        tax to the highest levels in North America.

    Love also renewed his call, first made this summer, for the appointment
of municipal energy conservation officers across Ontario: "Ensuring that every
city, town and/or region has a local champion for energy conservation will
help meet our goal of saving 1,350 MW by 2010 and 6,300 MW by 2025," said
Love. "Some Ontario communities already have someone performing this function
to some degree - every Ontario community needs one."
    Love added that: "We must unify energy conservation efforts across the
province to include all levels of government, institutions, businesses, and
consumers." He told the senior energy industry representatives that it's time
for everyone to: "Think. Believe. Act." when it comes to energy conservation -
 Think about conservation; Believe they can make a difference and Act to make
it happen.
    Municipalities interested in getting more information about the municipal
energy conservation officer concept or that want to register the names of
their appointees should contact the Chief Energy Conservation Officer at: .

    The Chief Energy Conservation Officer and Conservation Bureau are part of
the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), which was established to plan Ontario's new
power system, to acquire new sources of power, and to promote a culture of
conservation throughout the province. The Electricity Restructuring Act, 2004
requires the submission of an annual report by the Chief Energy Conservation
Officer each November to review progress and to identify opportunities for
further energy conservation gains. The report is available from the
Conservation Bureau website:

    Radio News Copy

    By the end of 2007, Ontarians will have reduced their peak demand for
electricity by five percent, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer says
in his Annual Report. Peter Love goes on to make 12 recommendations to
government to make sure Ontarians continue to embrace a "culture of
conservation" - saving electricity and money.

    Audio Clips

    Three audio clips of Peter Love commenting on his 2007 Annual Report and
its recommendations to government are available at

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For further information: Media Contacts: Ontario Power Authority: (416)
969-6307, Toll Free: 1-800-797-9604

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