Strong conservation culture emerging in Ontario


Rosemarie Leclair,
President & CEO
Hydro Ottawa Group
Ottawa, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — September 6, 2007 – Six of Ontario’s largest local electricity distribution companies, cooperatively delivering energy conservation programs as the Coalition of Large Distributors (CLD), have reported that a strong energy conservation culture is emerging in the province.

Presenting their results for second quarter of 2007, Coalition members collectively invested more than $2.9 million on conservation programs, bringing the total invested over the past two years to more than $68 million.

“Together we have invested approximately 90% of the funds that were made available to us in 2005 by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) activities,” said Rosemarie Leclair, President and CEO of the Hydro Ottawa Group. “We are proud of what these funds have accomplished in terms of increased awareness about the importance of conserving electricity, real reductions in energy consumption, and the solid base that has been established for energy conservation programs in Ontario.”

The CLD, including Enersource Hydro Mississauga, Horizon Utilities Corporation, Hydro Ottawa Limited, PowerStream Inc., Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited and Veridian Connections Inc., serves 1.7 million Ontario customers, or 40 percent of the province. In 2006, the second year of delivering the CDM program in their respective service territories, these utilities’ customers conserved a total of more than 300 million kWh, enough to power more than 33,000 Ontario homes for one year.

Among the CDM initiatives introduced are the peaksaver™ program in which air conditioning units are brought under load control, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb distribution, and energy auditing.

In addition, the CLD installed 127,230 smart meters during the second quarter of 2007 bringing the total installed by the Coalition to more than 557,000.

The CLD committed to delivering over $75 million in comprehensive conservation programs over a three-year period as part of the CDM spending approved by the OEB in 2004. Coalition members are also now delivering additional CDM programs that are funded by the OPA.