OTTAWA, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Hydro Ottawa is increasing the supply of clean energy, bringing innovative solutions to energy-conscious consumers and businesses, and taking steps to green its own operations. In recognition of these efforts, today Hydro Ottawa was distinguished as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the third consecutive year.
Hydro Ottawa's environmental sustainability successes include:
- Hydro Ottawa is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in Ontario. Its renewable energy facilities include hydroelectric generators at Chaudière Falls and landfill gas-to-energy generators at the Trail Road and Laflèche Landfills. Together these facilities help to reduce greenhouse gases by almost 200,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
- Locally, Hydro Ottawa promotes energy conservation to residential and business customers through its conservation programs. Between 2005 and the end of 2011, residential and business customers in Ottawa saved 500 million kilowatt-hours; enough to power 52,000 homes for a year.
- The company has consistently achieved well over 90 per cent non-hazardous waste diversion, added more hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles to its fleet, and increased efficiencies at its office facilities and substations.
"I'm proud to say that we have made significant progress, but these steps are just the beginning of our greenhouse gas reductions," said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa. "We're committed to continuously improving to make our community more sustainable."
The 2013 Canada's Greenest Employers were selected by a panel of independent judges from MediaCorp, Canada's largest publisher of employment periodicals. They evaluated applicants in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 310,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
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