Veridian Working to Make Service Areas Greener



    AJAX, ON, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Veridian is leading by example when it comes to
green initiatives.
    The utility isn't just asking its customers to conserve energy and make
greener choices in their lives, it's also thinking green when it comes to its
own business decisions.
    Whether it is through projects such as installing a white roof on one of
its transformer stations or adding solar panels to a Pickering distribution
station and Ajax administration centre, Veridian is leading the way when it
comes to being an environmentally-conscious company.
    "Veridian has been making changes over the past few years to lessen our
environmental impact," said Michael Angemeer, President and CEO of Veridian
Connections. "At Veridian we think it's important to do what we can to reduce
our own energy use and decrease our greenhouse gas emissions."
    In a report compiled by Durham Sustain Ability for Veridian, it shows the
utility's efforts over the last year have meant a decrease in greenhouse gas
emissions of more than 164 tonnes. This is equivalent to a 10 per cent
reduction in electricity consumption by approximately 800 homes.
    By making it a company philosophy and goal to be more
environmentally-friendly, areas such as purchasing look at the environmental
impact of adding a new vehicle to the fleet before it is purchased. As a
result, since 2006 the last 13 vehicles to be added to the Veridian fleet have
been hybrids, including Angemeer's own solar powered hybrid car.
    The unique vehicle is a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
(PHEV) with solar panels on the roof. It also has a special charging station
in the parking lot of Veridian's administration centre where solar panels and
wind energy work together to make the electricity for a truly clean charge.
    Solar panels have also been installed on the roof of the Ajax office to
allow the electricity consumed in the building to be supplemented with
renewable energy.
    "We know there is still more we at Veridian can do to help the
environment, but we are proud of the steps we have taken and the changes we
have made," Angemeer said.
    The change with the biggest environmental impact was the replacement of
the incandescent emergency lights on 14 vehicles with high efficiency LED
lights, which eliminates the need for the vehicles to idle while the lights
are being used. The savings from this change are estimated to be more than
78,000 litres of fuel and 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
    Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer congratulated Veridian on the
strides it has taken towards improved conservation.
    "Veridian is not only setting a good example for the business community,
it is also providing valuable leadership to its customers when it comes to
conservation and reducing its impact on the environment," said Peter Love.
    Other changes Veridian has made include replacing four heavy-duty trucks
with fuel efficient diesel vehicles, switching to more energy efficient
lighting in Gravenhurst, and implementing education programs for staff to
learn about ways to conserve at the office and in their homes.

    Through its subsidiary Veridian Connections Inc., Veridian Corporation
safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 107,000 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. The Corporation also owns
Veridian Energy Inc., a Pickering, Ontario based company that provides
business-to-business and fibre optic communications services. 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: www.veridian.on.ca and www.powerwise.ca.

    A summary of the Durham Sustain Ability report is available upon request
and photo opportunities can be arranged.





For further information:

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

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