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2010 Awards

In June 2011, CEA recognized several innovative projects by member companies in the 2010 calendar year, with winners in all categories.

Click here to download the 2010 Sustainable Electricity Awards Booklet that was distributed at the awards ceremony

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Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities Corporation

Horizon Utilities Corporation was selected for this award for its exemplary performance in all three areas of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic. In 2010, Horizon Utilities became the first local distribution company (LDC) in Canada to achieve an A+ ranking through the Global Reporting Initiative™ (GRI).

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Environmental Commitment Award

Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Project

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro – a Nalcor Energy company

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) was selected for this award for its unique and innovative Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel (WHD) Project. Started in 2007, the initiative uses wind and hydrogen technology to supplement the diesel requirements, forming an environmentally-friendly energy solution for this community.

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Social Responsibility Award

Excellence in Stakeholder Engagement

Hydro One Inc.

Hydro One Inc. was selected for this award for its stakeholder engagement strategy. In 2010, Hydro One displayed extraordinary leadership in terms of engaging its stakeholders in the communities in which it operates. Formal and informal opportunities including meetings, technical working groups, consultations, and participation in community events allowed Hydro One to listen and respond to the concerns of customers and stakeholders potentially affected by Hydro One projects and plans.

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Economic Excellence Award

Powering the Greenest Games Ever

BC Hydro

BC Hydro was selected for this award for its Powering the Greenest Games initiative in support of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. BC Hydro implemented an innovative approach to supplying reliable electricity to the Games, resulting in a sustainable energy solution, legacy infrastructure, a successful employee engagement program and a platform that increased the public’s adoption of conservation behaviors.

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Sustainability Company of the Year Award

Horizon Utilities Corporation

Horizon Utilities Corporation was selected for the 2010 Company of the Year award for its exemplary performance in sustainable development. In 2010, Horizon Utilities became the first local distribution company (LDC) in Canada to achieve an A+ ranking through the Global Reporting Initiative™ (GRI).

With respect to conservation and sustainability, Horizon continued to demonstrate a leadership role, fostering a culture of conservation internally through employee involvement and outwardly by enhancing its environmental controls and outputs. In the community, Horizon launched a successful outreach program which resulted in large commercial customers significantly reducing their energy costs.

Horizon’s social commitment encompasses education, particularly targeted at youth, community engagement and commitment to health and safety. Notable achievements in these areas include a number of youth programs (Generation Conservation, kidzpower®, Power for Tomorrow, Reality House and Play It Safe) as well as the initiation of the Golden Horseshoe Strategic Alliance.

Horizon delivers among the lowest operating costs and residential and commercial rates in the province and generates among the strongest returns for shareholders. This has lead to one of the highest credit ratings of all municipal utilities (Standard and Poor’s A-stable rating) in Ontario. To further enhance the economic performance of the Horizon family of companies, Horizon Energy Solutions was launched in 2010. This new venture provides commercial customers across Ontario with utility-grade renewable energy solutions and energy management services that generate benefits for the customer and the environment.

Contributing to the sustainability of its communities, and driving engagement, innovation and success are key Horizon objectives. The utility has demonstrated strong, progressive leadership in Ontario’s energy sector while delivering strong sustainability-based performance for the benefit of its customers and communities.

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Environmental Commitment Award

Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Project

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) was selected for the environmental commitment award for its innovative Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel (WHD) Project that started in 2007. The initiative uses wind and hydrogen technology to supplement the diesel requirements, forming an environmentally-friendly energy solution for this community.

Introducing hydrogen production, storage and additional wind generation to the existing Ramea wind-diesel system allows excess wind power to be used to produce and store hydrogen, which, in turn, can be used to produce electricity through an internal combustion hydrogen genset. The key objective of the WHD Project is to develop and implement an Energy Management System (EMS) to integrate the three sources of electricity generation: wind, hydrogen, and diesel. The addition of hydrogen to wind-diesel energy systems enables Hydro to further reduce, and potentially eliminate the use of fossil fuels in isolated communities.

In 2010, Hydro completed the construction of the project, began commissioning equipment and continued design of the EMS. In 2011, final commissioning will be completed and the demonstration phase will begin.

The WHD Project, developed in partnership with Memorial University and the University of New Brunswick, in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has commercialization potential for many island or remote markets. Thus, research, development and demonstration of this integrated technological solution is important for all utilities and the communities they serve.

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Excellence in Stakeholder Engagement

Hydro One Inc.

In 2010, Hydro One displayed extraordinary leadership in terms of engaging its stakeholders in the communities in which it operates. Formal and informal opportunities including meetings, technical working groups, consultations, and participation in community events allowed Hydro One to listen and respond to the concerns of customers and stakeholders potentially affected by Hydro One projects and plans. This consultation process contributed to enhancements in Hydro One’s internal decision-making processes and facilitated transparency of information between Hydro One and its customers and stakeholders.

In 2010, Hydro One attended sixteen fall fairs across the province to deliver the Understanding Your Power program to customers and stakeholders. The awareness program raised understanding among customers of Ontario’s electricity system and the future electricity infrastructure needs in the province. Hydro One staff acted as local ambassadors and the experience was positive for employees, customers and stakeholders alike.

In addition, an Aboriginal Recruitment Consultant was engaged to attend 15 speaking events in First Nations and Métis communities, colleges and universities, to increase awareness of Hydro One career opportunities. The Annual Aboriginal Opportunities Circle was developed and offered to all aboriginal summer students, highlighting Hydro One as an employer of choice for aboriginal youth. The program provided networking opportunities with aboriginal employees in different professions. The Annual Aboriginal Opportunities Circle was recognized as a best practice in the industry by the Aboriginal Human Resource Council. Additionally, Hydro One’s First Nations and Métis Employees Networking Circle was launched, along with a similar community of support for Hydro One employees with disabilities.

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Powering the Greenest Games Ever

BC Hydro

BC Hydro was selected for the economic excellence award for its Powering the Greenest Games initiative in support of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. BC Hydro raised the bar beyond previous Games, designing the cleanest, most reliable, and most affordable power supply to the Games to date. For example, at past Games several hundred high-emission diesel generators were used to satisfy the temporary but intense need for reliable power. At the Vancouver Games, all seventeen Olympic venues were powered directly from the main electric power grid, with only twenty diesel generators used for inaccessible locations. The result: carbon dioxide emissions were the lowest ever for the Games. There were also no power outages at any venue during the Games, and the planning and rollout were so effective that Vancouver and Whistler downtown cores achieved electricity reliability levels higher than any in the past five years.

Other clean energy and conservation achievements included annual electricity savings from the legacy infrastructure and adoption of conservation methods. For example, the annual electricity savings from the design of the Vancouver Convention Centre, built under BC Hydro’s High Performance Building Program, are the equivalent of providing electricity to 220 homes for a year.

The clean power infrastructure deployed for the Games will be a legacy to British Columbia. BC Hydro’s customers will benefit from the sustainable infrastructure rollout in the future as community growth continues.

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