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ELORA and FERGUS: Centre Wellington Hydro adopts new electricity conservation initiative

Friday, September 21st 2007 2:40:42pm

Media Release:
For Immediate Release

Ontario Power Authority program will help businesses in Elora and Fergus

(Elora, ON, September 21, 2007) Centre Wellington Hydro announced today they will assist the industrial, commercial, business and institutional sectors of the township of Centre Wellington to conserve electricity, save money and benefit the environment through participation in the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP), a program supported by the Ontario Power Authority.

"We are excited to be a part of ERIP," said Doug Sherwood, President, who attended the breakfast seminar launch. "By taking advantage of ERIP, the commercial and industrial sector of Centre Wellington can play an important role in using electricity efficiently."

This year, both residential and commercial consumers are able to participate in the conservation initiative.

"These programs represent the largest coordinated effort Ontario has ever made to encourage consumers to use less electricity," said Paul Shervill, vice President of the Ontario Power Authority. "As Ontario moves toward re-building its electricity infrastructure, conservation efforts like the ERIP will enable residents and businesses to play a key role in enhancing the sustainability of our current power generation and distribution system."

The ERIP is for industrial, commercial, institutional and agriculture businesses that are planning changes to their lighting, HVAC systems, motors and over-all electrical systems of their commercial or industrial buildings.  This program helps to reduce electricity costs and lessen the impact that traditional power generation can have on the environment.

"Everyone in Ontario needs to be concerned about electricity conservation," said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "I am pleased to see the continued expansion of programs that encourage Ontarians to take immediate action and reward them for doing so."

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Media Inquiries:

Ron Stevens, Green Group, (705) 241-0811, rjstevens10@rogers.com

Centre Wellington Hydro is located in Fergus and serves customers in Fergus and Elora. The ERIP program leverages energy conservation and load management opportunities by offering incentives for sustainable, measurable and verifiable energy retrofits that result in on-peak demand savings and/or annual energy savings. It is funded by the Ontario Power Authority ( www.electricityretrofitincentiveprogram.com and www.cwhydro.ca).

In pursuit of its mandate of ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of electricity for Ontario, the Ontario Power Authority creates and implements conservation and demand management programs, ensures adequate investment in new supply infrastructure, performs long-term electricity system planning, and facilitates the development of a more sustainable and competitive electricity system ( www.powerauthority.on.ca).