IESO appeals for reduced electricity consumption in the GTA

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - The Independent Electricity System Operator
(IESO) is asking consumers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to reduce their
use of electricity during peak demand times over the next two days.
    High temperatures and high humidity levels are resulting in increased
demand for electricity through air conditioning use. There are also
limitations on the generation and transmission system serving the GTA as a
result of equipment outages.
    As a precautionary measure, the IESO is asking customers to reduce demand
to help relieve the strain on the system serving the GTA. Curtailment efforts
can reduce demand and provide additional operating flexibility to help
maintain reliability in the area should further problems develop.
    Residential and business consumers are being asked to reduce their
electricity consumption, where possible, between noon and 8:00 p.m. over the
next two days.
    Consumers can reduce the demands on the electricity system between noon
and 8:00 p.m. by:

    -   Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;
    -   Set air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or use fans as
        an alternative;
    -   Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air
        inside; and
    -   Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers,
        washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps.

    The IESO is responsible for managing Ontario's bulk electricity system
and operating the wholesale electricity market. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Terry Young, (416) 506-2832 or (416) 997-6708,

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