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Sault recognized for outstanding energy conservation

Monday, December 09, 2013   by: Staff


Sault Ste. Marie receives top honours at this year's community conservation awards

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Sault Ste. Marie has been recognized for its commitment to energy-savings initiatives as a recipient of the 2013 Community Conservation Awards.

The awards celebrate the leadership and innovation that municipalities across the province are demonstrating to support province-wide conservation goals.

Sault Ste. Marie is among three winners, including Burlington and South-West Oxford.

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 areas of: conservation leadership, innovation and market transformation, corporate/internal and community engagement, and conservation achievements/savings.

The Community Conservation Awards are open to all cities, towns and municipalities in Ontario. Participating communities are required to provide a written submission that outlines their conservation efforts and a recent case study that highlights their specific conservation initiative.

“The City of Sault Ste. Marie has been working towards a culture of conservation for over five years, and is proud to be the successful recipient of the Ontario Power Authority’s Community Conservation Award,” said Steve Butland, Sault Ste. Marie Ward Councillor. “Our partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Community Geomatics Centre on the Environmental Initiatives Map has expanded this mandate and increased the awareness of our efforts to the community.”

Now in its second year, 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 winners received their awards at the December 6, 2013 Local Authority Services Symposium, organized by AMO.

Sault Ste. Marie was recognized for the 50,000 to 150,000 population category.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Community Conservation Awards (CCA). Municipalities are at the forefront of reducing energy costs and fighting climate change. AMO and our subsidiary, LAS, are actively supporting efforts to build a culture of conservation in Ontario,” said AMO President Russ Powers. “Conservation is not just the cheapest energy option. As these municipalities have shown, it delivers substantial economic, social and environmental benefits to the whole community.”

Additional information about the Community Conservation Awards can be found at

More information about Ontario’s saveONenergy energy conservation programs can be found at



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Jitterbug 12/9/2013 10:52:21 AM Report

What a gigantic crock!Why does it not mention that rates will go up 45% over the next 4 years?...conservation by choking users too death!! Even buying expensive junk lightbulbs and not using power at peak ,our rates are still escalating out of control.
asp 12/9/2013 11:12:48 AM Report

Well at the same time people of Sault have to really watch thier energy bills (PUC) becuase it cost too much too pay. So some people live in the dark more often now then ever. So they got this award at the suffering of its citizens. Is that right!!!
bounder 12/9/2013 11:12:55 AM Report

Ya right , when you see 30 to 40 vehicles, that includes heavy trucks transports and buses, stop at Lukenda dr, the new entrance to the hospital to let one or two people out where's the energy conservation there not to mention pollution. Dare I mention there where stopped at the third line just before this light.
engineguy 12/9/2013 11:36:11 AM Report

I guess i was to abrasive for sootoday readers when you live in the poverty level makes you upset that the Sault get an award and PUC gives it to us nothing but humane waste.
mallet 12/9/2013 11:36:33 AM Report


NO, you may not mention those sort of things, logic is not in the vocabulary of the "green people"...
bounder 12/9/2013 11:42:31 AM Report

Engine guy,
no, we understood , offended a tree hugger , take it with a grain of salt.
engineguy 12/9/2013 11:50:49 AM Report


Sootoday must all be tree huggers driving small cars to conserve,shutting lights off . I think not Also they obviously are not living in poverty.
Pakadeva 12/9/2013 11:53:05 AM Report

I agree with the suffering of citizens. It's good we got an award, but, the next time there's energy to GIVE AWAY, don't dump it in Quebec, or PAY the USA to take it? Dumb & dumber says, think of your own citizens first.
Oh wait, ya, that's Canada wide...we give give give to other countries & immigrants & charities while our own citizens, especially seniors, are suffering from poverty.
25miller 12/9/2013 12:08:13 PM Report

Steve Butland should really be ashamed of himself....He gets an award and we live in the dark and told what time we can cook supper,do laundry,water our grass,,drink brown water,,,,Shame on the whole city council.I see new faces in council on the next election...
habfan 12/9/2013 12:21:49 PM Report

This is sad, if you drive around the Sault and look at most houses. It looks like nobody is home. People have almost everything shut down or turned off but cost keep escalating. I feel sorry for these people. It doesn't make your house feel lived in or like a home. How do you count this as energy conservation. I call this people doing with out.Retired people must feel pritty depressed.
Slim Shady 12/9/2013 12:23:22 PM Report

Power generation is expensive, especially with the rise in cost of fossil fuels. Everything including the cost of upgrading aged infrastructure adds to our rates. We are not the only community in North America to feel the squeeze � its world wide. We as North Americans have become used to cheap abundant resources in years past and there was no incentive to use what we have wisely. We are paying for it now. We should not need financial incentive to conserve? What is wrong with turning off unused lights or thinking twice before making unnecessary car trips to a store when perhaps you can do several things together at the end of the week�. I do drive a V8 truck and am not a tree hugger but I do see the value in conservation wherever possible. Europe has been doing it for decades because they don�t have the luxury of limitless space for dumps or expanding power plants.

Did you know that it was the City of Kitchener-Waterloo that pioneered our blue box recycling program in the early 1980s?! Now it is accepted culture to reduce-reuse and recycle�. It is even taught in our public schools!

It is not a bad thing to be less wasteful� Change can not happen overnight either. It is the mindset that is the most important � after a while it becomes part of your culture to do more with less and still live a decent life.

Would you not want a city and its citizens to be recognized for doing the right thing?
Wisenheimer 12/9/2013 12:53:36 PM Report

Slim ...natural gas is cheap, abundant and clean. Why do we keep dorking around with wind and solar. Wind and solar do not even come close to competing with nat. gas, but apparently are a Liberal politician's wet dream.
McGuinty actually signed agreements that force the higher cost subsidized (read your tax dollars) wind and solar to be used, and shut down or sell off (at a loss) the more economical hydro, nuclear and gas/diesel. Kathleen Wynne actually changed things and now pays the wind/solar projects to shut down rather than operate. Maybe she can run that global warming B.S. past us one more time.
Jitterbug 12/9/2013 12:53:56 PM Report

Slim Shady

Ontario is the most expensive in Canada.Expensive fossil fuels? Coal was the cheapest source of energy.Aticocan plant is being converted to biomass.All the rest of the coal plants are shut down .The government spent a billion dollars to not build gas plants.The point is we are all conserving and the rates will rise another 45% without building any new capacity to generate.The big plan is to sell our natural gas to Asia!Financialy green energy is a subsidized loss!!!
theprotector 12/9/2013 12:59:59 PM Report

put that in your pipe and smoke Mr. Rattle!!!
sportsfan17 12/9/2013 1:12:41 PM Report

All you ridiculous baby boomers grew up in a time when energy was cheap and percieved as being "unlimited". Well sorry but our energy resources are finite and since you burned it all up irresponsibly, now it's going to cost a lot more money.

Sorry but energy isn't cheap and it's never going to be again. Better start learning to responsible citizens and conserving your energy.
harry dick 12/9/2013 1:18:51 PM Report

Sault Ste. Marie was given an energy conservation award. I fail to see where this award could be given to a city that uses the most expensive way of making electricity as in solar power and windmill power generation. One of the cheapest or maybe the cheapest way of power generation is hydro electrical power generation. This city has two hydro dams with-in the city and a number of them north of the city also. The only reason we are into solar and windmill power generation , is that we cannot make enough hydro electric power to sell it to the United States. The sad part about this is that these companies are they are financing these projects by raising OUR power bills , not charging the United States more for importing our power.
s*m*r*t 12/9/2013 1:46:04 PM Report

Google is a wonderful tool - perhaps a few of you might want to try actually LEARNING about what you are always complaining about. First of all, North America enjoys VERY affordable electricity - especially when compared with European nations. Second, since market deregulation in (I believe) 2002, most generators in the province of Ontario name the price that they are selling their electricity to the Independent Market Operator (IMO - or "market") Based on supply and demand, all the "cheap" electricity is bought, then they keep progressing up the ladder until they are able to meet the demand, therefor the more demand for electricity, the higher the rates for that day. The exception to this rule is the province owned generators that are contracted to produce electricity at a specific rate. PUC does NOT determine how much you have to pay for electricity - The Ontario Government does!!! Everyone in the province of Ontario pays the same amount for their Electricity (unless they foolishly signed with an Energy Retailer - in that case they are paying usually double!) What differs is the distribution rates, which PUC has the second lowest in the province. You want to complain about high rates - Try being serviced by Algoma Power!!!
Gurpy 12/9/2013 3:39:29 PM Report

Had Christmas lights up for a few days and then took them down. That`s an indulgence I cannot afford. I`m sure many others feel the same way. Merry Christmas PUC!
xyz123 12/9/2013 7:35:36 PM Report

do not blame the PUC, most of the cost is the electricity. The PUC only charges you to deliver the electricity to you and they have near lowest rate in the province. The cost of the electricity is fixed and has nothing to do with the PUC. They collect this on your PUC bill but this money is passed on and does not go to the PUC.
j.r.98 12/9/2013 7:47:13 PM Report

No Christmas lights for me. No lights unless absolutely necessary . Everything is unplugged unless it is needed and then unplugged after it's used. I bought solar powered lighting for our bathroom and bedroom which a cable is run outside and is connected to a small solar panel. Solar powered lamp for the living room in the evenings. Toasters, microwave, coffee pot. Everything is unplugged while I am at work or gone out. we even started unplugging both the washer and dryer until the week-end when we need to use them . We can learn to conserve. My metered usage was under 340kWh, down from 712 kWh 2 months ago when we decided to give conservation a try. My electric bill is now under $45.00
zardoz 12/10/2013 2:31:40 PM Report

What a Crock'O'$h!T
atruebrit 12/18/2013 8:04:49 PM Report

Just got bill from camp today! $1.44 electric used , 1 bulb.... total bill after all cHarges $44!!!!!! this is way beyond a rip off!!!!
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