Veridian Congratulates Its Customers for Practicing Wise Electricity Use during Earth Hour

    AJAX, ON, March 31 /CNW/ - Many of Veridian customers switched off on
this past Saturday night and together made a significant contribution to the
success of Earth Hour. Today the utility reported that electricity use between
8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 29th was about 5.8% or 17.7 megawatts (MW) less
than normally expected.
    All of the communities served by Veridian contributed to the success of
Earth Hour, with the Municipality of Clarington registering the greatest
impact with a reduction of 7.7%.
    "Our customers have once again shown their collective commitment to
energy conservation," said Michael Angemeer, Veridian's President and CEO. "We
congratulate them for their efforts, and encourage them to practice wise
electricity use all year long."
    According to Angemeer, "The production of electricity requires the use of
valuable and limited resources, so its use is best reserved for applications
that provide the greatest customer benefit with the lowest overall
environmental impact. At Veridian, we're committed to working with customers
to help them achieve this balance."
    In cooperation with the Ontario Power Authority, Veridian offers a number
of electricity conservation programs to help customers save money and reduce
environmental impacts. Details are available at the company's website at

    Vision - We will be unsurpassed in providing innovative energy solutions
that are the cornerstone for creating the sustainable communities of tomorrow.

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 109,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the
Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge,
Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and
Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian
Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of
Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.
    Veridian is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE(R), a brand
created to promote energy conservation and reduce the demand for electricity
in Ontario. powerWISE(R) is a joint initiative of the Ontario government and
six of Ontario's largest electricity distribution companies. For more
information, visit: and

For further information:

For further information: George Armstrong, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
and Key Projects, Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870 extension 2202

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