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CFB Kingston Receives Award for Energy Saving Measures

Friday, November 24th 2006 9:59:52am

Defence base, Direct Energy awarded Certificate of Recognition by Conservation Bureau

(KINGSTON, November 24, 2006)  Peter Love, Ontario’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer, today awarded his prestigious Certificate of Recognition to Lt. Col. David MacLeod, Deputy Commander at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston.  The Certificate recognizes CFB Kingston’s leadership in pursuing an energy performance contract awarded through Defence Construction Canada to Direct Energy that will save more than $2 million annually in utility costs.  He also presented a Certificate to David Bowden, Senior Vice President, representing Direct Energy, for designing the retrofits.

“These actions will save Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars, while saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases,” said Love.  “I congratulate CFB Kingston and Direct Energy for their partnership, an efficient and cost-effective way of advancing a culture of conservation in Ontario.”

Mr. Love also read a congratulatory letter from local MPP and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, John Gerretsen.  Love noted that energy efficiency oriented amendments (announced in June 2006) to the Ontario Building Code, overseen by Minister Gerretsen, increased energy efficiency requirements that will save Ontario an estimated 550 megawatts over the next eight years.

The two-year project on the Base consists of over 300 energy conservation initiatives, including lighting retrofits, using more efficient bulbs, better fixture design and occupancy sensors; expanding and reprogramming building automation systems to be more efficient; modifying heating, ventilation and air conditioning fan systems; and switching to high-efficiency chillers.  The large central boiler plant and extensive potable water distribution system will have their operations improved as well.

“We are extremely proud to be receiving such an esteemed honour.  Through this project, CFB Kingston will demonstrate how the wise use of energy and new equipment can result in improved infrastructure and a holistic approach to upgrading facilities and investing in the future,” commented Deputy Base Commander Lt. Col. David MacLeod.

The Base also embraced renewable energy by installing a solar heating system and is investigating the potential for a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine.

“Direct Energy has extensive experience helping large organizations reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” noted David Bowden, Senior Vice-President, Direct Energy Business Services.  “The energy performance contract is expected to save CFB Kingston over 30 per cent of the energy used prior to the commencement of the program.  This is a significant amount of savings, both financially and to the environment.”

The work at the base, the largest Federal Building Initiative ever awarded in Canada, began in 2005 and is expected to be completed in August 2007.


For more information, please contact:

ECO Media Relations (Conservation Bureau):  Brent Kulba, 416-972-7401

CFB Kingston: Captain Daniel Madryga, 613-541-5010 (x4265), MADRYGA.WD(at)forces.gc.ca

Direct Energy: Joshua Orzech, 416-590-3306, joshua.orzech(at)directenergy.com

The Conservation Bureau is an office of the Ontario Power Authority. It was established in 2005 to develop, coordinate and stimulate electricity conservation and demand management by planning, designing, and implementing comprehensive programs that foster a culture of conservation across the province  Visit www.conservationbureau.on.ca.

Direct Energy is North America’s largest energy solutions provider, with over five-million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services.  To learn more about Direct Energy or its energy-efficient products and services, call 1-800-393-5553 or visit www.directenergy.com.