Sault Ste. Marie celebrated for energy conservation excellenceFriday, August 23, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
THE CITY OF
SAULT STE. MARIE
Sault Ste. Marie celebrated for their energy conservation excellence
Sault Ste. Marie is among eight finalist communities in province-wide conservation awards that focus on promoting energy conservation and sustainability
SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault Ste. Marie has been recognized for its commitment to energy-savings initiatives as finalists for the Community Conservation Awards.
The awards are a collaborative effort supported by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).
The OPA announced the eight finalists on August 20, 2013, at the AMO annual conference in Ottawa.
“We are pleased to recognize Sault Ste. Marie for their leadership in conservation and energy efficiency,” said OPA VP of Conservation, Andrew Pride. “Conservation is the OPA’s first priority and our suite of saveONenergy programs can help all Ontarians conserve electricity. The City of Sault Ste. Marie has taken the initiative to work right along with us to reach conservation goals and we congratulate the community on its leadership.”
This is the second nomination for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
“It is an honour to be recognized by the OPA two years in a row for our conservation efforts,” said Councillor Steve Butland. “Every year the City of Sault Ste. Marie tries to be innovative in the projects we introduce and the ways in which we promote them to the community.”
“The most effective conservation efforts are locally driven, and a strong municipal role is key to making that happen,” says Rene Gatien, chair of the Electricity Distributors Association. “Ontario’s electricity distribution companies look forward to continuing to partner with the municipalities recognized today, and all others, to get the best conservation results possible in communities across Ontario.”
Conservation helps Ontarians better manage their energy costs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and, at a program cost of three cents per kilowatt hour, is less costly than building new generation.
Now in their second year, the Community Conservation Awards promote a culture of conservation and encourage Ontario’s municipalities to participate in conservation activities.
Municipalities are recognized for their efforts in the following areas:
- Conservation leadership
- Innovation and market transformation
- Corporate/internal and community engagement
- Conservation achievements/savings
Participating communities are required to provide a written submission that outlines their conservation efforts and a case study that highlights their specific conservation initiatives.
This year’s winners will be announced on December 6, 2013, at the Local Authority Services Connections Energy Symposium in Toronto.
More information about the Community Conservation Awards can be found here.