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March 26

Veridian customers embrace darkness and power down for Earth Hour
Townships of Brock registers greatest impact with 2.7 per cent in electricity usage

Ajax, ON –Veridian customers once again embraced darkness and turned off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour and show their commitment to energy conservation. Electricity usage between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 23 was 1.3 per cent lower than normally expected, a reduction of about 4.2 megawatts and equivalent to removing almost 1,700 homes from the grid for the hour.

All of the communities served by Veridian contributed to the success of Earth Hour, with the Township of Brock registering the greatest impact with a reduction of 2.7 per cent.

“I would like to applaud our customers who powered down during Earth Hour to show their support to help fight climate change, and raise awareness of the need to conserve electricity and shift peak demand,” said Veridian President and CEO Michael Angemeer. “This annual, global event also serves as a reminder of the importance of practising wise energy use in our daily lives.”

Forecasting variables make it difficult to calculate the impact of customer conservation efforts with complete accuracy. To determine the impact of Earth Hour, Veridian used the same approach the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) employed to calculate Ontario’s usage by comparing last Saturday to a typical demand hour.

The IESO, responsible for managing Ontario’s bulk electricity power system and operating the wholesale market, reported lower demand for electricity in Ontario of 2.7 per cent or 448 megawatts as a result of Earth Hour. The drop is more than the average peak energy needs of a city the size of Burlington.

Veridian joined customers in recognizing Earth Hour by encouraging all of its employees to participate and all non-essential lighting in its facilities was switched off for the hour.

Veridian offers a number of conservation programs for home and business that are designed to help customers save energy, manage their electricity costs and contribute to a culture of conservation. Details are available at veridian.saveonenergy.ca.

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..

For more information, contact:

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