Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer Calls for All Municipalities To Appoint Local Energy Conservation Officers



    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer,
Peter Love, today called on Ontario's municipalities to appoint local energy
conservation officers to help him create a "culture of conservation"
throughout the province.
    Speaking at the Association of Municipalities (AMO) annual conference,
Love told delegates that "energy conservation is critical to the future of our
electricity system and to the future of Ontario's children." The Integrated
Power System Plan now being readied by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for
review by the Ontario Energy Board will seek to save 6,300 MW by 2025 with
several interim energy savings goals that must be met.
    "To achieve this ambitious target, everyone has to contribute: consumers,
businesses, and governments at all levels," said Love. "The OPA is running and
actively introducing innovative new programs to support energy conservation.
Now we need local communities onboard, and that is why I am calling on all
municipalities across Ontario to appoint their own energy conservation
officers."
    Love told senior elected and administrative officials at a session on
Energy Conservation in Ontario that it's time for everyone in the province to,
"Think. Believe. Act." when it comes to energy conservation. These three key
theme words underlie a new video premiered at the AMO conference featuring
Love and addressing the needs and opportunities for conservation in Ontario.
    Where municipalities are concerned, appointing a local energy
conservation officer is pivotal, said Love, noting that it's for each
community to determine who that person should be. "The key thing is to break
down the silos and unify energy conservation efforts," says Love. "I encourage
those who have been placed in this role already or who are appointed as a
result of this call to action to contact me. Let's work together to save
energy, improve our environment and build a better future for our children."
    To get more information about the local energy conservation officer
concept or to submit the names of appointees, contact the Chief Energy
Conservation Officer at: ceco@conservationbureau.on.ca. For other contact
options and/or information about conservation, visit the Conservation Bureau
website at: www.conservationbureau.on.ca.

    The Chief Energy Conservation Officer and Conservation Bureau are part of
the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), which was established by The Electricity
Restructuring Act, 2004 to plan Ontario's new power system, to acquire new
sources of power, and to promote a culture of conservation throughout the
province.





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