OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro Ottawa will be receiving the Sustainability Leader Award at the 2014 Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) for its commitment to environmental stewardship. The award recognizes a local company that integrates and advances sustainability in its business practices.
This acknowledgement shines a light on the variety of Hydro Ottawa's green initiatives, but check out some of the most interesting specifics below.
- It leads the province in renewable energy. Hydro Ottawa is the largest municipally owned producer of green power in Ontario, and its capacity is growing. Just this year, a new Chaudière Falls generating plant was announced that will be able to power an additional 20,000 homes per year.
- Hydro Ottawa operates two landfill-gas-to-energy facilities at the Trail Road and Laflèche Landfills. Together, these facilities help to reduce greenhouse gases by almost 300,000 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.
- Through conservation programs, promotion and other initiatives, Hydro Ottawa has helped homeowners reduce their electricity use by an average of 14 per cent in the past 10 years.
- Since 2005, the company has engaged more than 161,000 Ottawa students, their parents and teachers in a dialogue about electricity conservation and safety though its in-class presentations and teacher resources.
- Hydro Ottawa planted 14,414 trees in the city this year on behalf of customers who converted to E-Billing.
- Hydro Ottawa is greening its fleet with 74 low-carbon vehicles, including hybrids, flex-fuel and electric vehicles, and those with battery technology.
- It helped 900 small businesses upgrade their lighting through the saveONenergy Small Business Lighting program in 2013, while larger commercial customers completed 696 retrofit projects.
- Hydro Ottawa made 35 per cent of its purchases locally in 2013 – a four per cent increase over the previous year.
- The company has helped more than 82,000 customers 'Go Paperless' – one of the highest E-Billing adoption rates of an electric utility in Canada.
- Hydro Ottawa supports electric vehicle research. It will soon be releasing a joint report on electric mobility and adoption and prediction, setting the stage to ensure infrastructure is in place for EVs down the road.
Image with caption: "The ring dam at Chaudiere Falls hydroelectric generating station. (CNW Group/Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141120_C5229_PHOTO_EN_8339.jpg
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
For further information: Media contact: Daniel Séguin, Manager, Media and Public Affairs, Hydro Ottawa, Tel: 613-738-5499 ext. 7684, [email protected]