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March 19

Veridian customers encouraged to power down for Earth Hour

Ajax, ON – Veridian is calling on its customers to show their support for Earth Hour by turning off their lights for one hour this coming Saturday, March 23, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. In doing so, they will take part in an event that shows the tremendous impact of group action in dealing with the challenges of climate change. Taking part also serves as a reminder of the importance of practicing wise energy use in our daily lives.

“Earth Hour is a great initiative that demonstrates how small, simple steps like turning off non-essential lighting for one hour can help make a difference in preparing our communities for a sustainable future. Local pollution and climate change effects are issues that utility and municipal cooperation can have a large impact on,” says Veridian President and CEO Michael Angemeer. “Ontarians are increasingly becoming aware of the need to conserve electricity and shift peak demand – not just during Earth Hour, but at other times of the year as well.”

This year marks the sixth anniversary of Earth Hour in Canada. In 2012, more than 500 Canadian cities were among the 7,000 cities in 152 countries around the world that turned off their lights as a symbolic show of support for global action on climate change. Among the communities served by Veridian, the Municipality of Clarington, registered the greatest impact in 2012 with a reduction of 10.3 per cent.

“Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world,” explains Eryn Wishnowski, Veridian’s Conservation Specialist. “The event also serves as a catalyst to promote further efforts in conservation and protecting the environment year-round.”

Veridian will join its customers in recognizing Earth Hour by encouraging all of its employees to participate, and all non-essential lighting in its facilities will be turned off for the hour. To find out more about Earth Hour in Canada, visit wwf.ca/EarthHour.

In cooperation with the Ontario Power Authority, Veridian offers a number of conservation programs to help customers save energy, manage their electricity costs and contribute to a culture of conservation. Details are available at veridian.saveonenergy.ca.

About Veridian Connections
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 116,000 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.

About Earth Hour
Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund in Australia in 2007. That year, more than 2.2 million people and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. In 2008, the rest of the world – including Canada – joined Earth Hour. The campaign encourages individuals, communities, businesses and governments to show leadership on climate change, and to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.

For more information, contact:

Chris Mace
Sales & PR Representative – Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218