Toronto Hydro Announces New Conservation Program for Power Hungry Office Data Centres

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro-Electric System has announced a
new electricity conservation program to cut electricity use in commercial and
institutional data centres. The utility will offer offices and institutions -
such as schools and hospitals - financial incentives to cut the amount of
electricity they are using in their IT data centres.
    The incentives will be based on measurable electricity reductions.
    In North America, data centres are outpacing other sectors for electric
energy and represent approximately 1.5 per cent of the demand for electricity.
    In Toronto, that would equal approximately 60 megawatts of the city's
5,000 megawatt power demand. Market projections indicate that in the next five
years, energy consumed by data centres will double. This is the first time
that Toronto Hydro has specifically targeted data centres with financial
incentives to cut their power usage. Approximately 80 per cent of Toronto's
electricity demand comes from Toronto Hydro's commercial and industrial
    "This program will encourage electricity conservation through the use of
improved equipment layout designs, the use of energy efficient products
including server and software technology as well as improved air cooling
systems," said David O'Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto
Hydro Corporation. "It's a sensible way for businesses and institutions to
reduce their operating costs, and help the environment."
    Toronto Hydro will work with data centre facilities and information
technology organizations to integrate their approaches to energy conservation.
Participants in the Toronto Hydro program should see immediate and on-going
financial savings through reduced energy consumption, and there will be
associated environmental benefits such as reduced carbon emissions.
    The program, supported by the Ontario Power Authority, will provide up to
$300 per measurable kilowatt reduction. Energy savings resulting from
improvements in new or existing data centres, will qualify for the incentives.
    This program demonstrates Toronto Hydro's commitment to be a leader in
the development and implementation of electricity conservation initiatives in
Ontario. The company continues to support its customers with innovative
approaches to conservation and demand management. By working together with
business, industry, and government, this program will make a significant
impact on the environment.
    In 2008, Toronto Hydro removed approximately 28 MW off the grid with its
portfolio of conservation and demand management programs. In total, that's
enough homes to power a town the size of Grimsby. Since launching its programs
in 2005, Toronto Hydro has removed more than 387 MW off the grid.

    A wholly-owned subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto
Hydro-Electric System Limited delivers electricity through a complex network
of poles, wires and underground structures to 678,000 customers and
distributes approximately 18 per cent of the electricity in the province of
Ontario. Toronto Hydro Corporation is owned 100 per cent by the City of

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