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2013 Awards

The 4th annual Sustainable ElectricityTM program awards were presented on the evening of June 13, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta. The awards, evaluated by the program’s independent Public Advisory Panel, recognize companies for their leadership, innovation, and collaboration with stakeholders in pursuit of sustainable business practices.

 

The 2013 Sustainable Electricity Awards include the following categories:


Environmental Commitment Award
Horizon Utilities Corporation
In Recognition of the Energy Conservation Mapping Project

The Energy Conservation Mapping is an innovative pilot program in Horizon Utilities’ service territory of Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ontario. The pilot program is designed to maximize the contribution to the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) conservation targets through identification of customers that would benefit the most through conservation and demand management (CDM).

The project correlates individual customer’s electricity consumption with individual building attributes (e.g., square footage, age of buildings and additions, air conditioners, heating type, etc.), and demographic data (e.g., population by neighborhood, number of households and average income). Combining this data in a geographic information system (GIS) creates a centralized, geo-referenced database that can be easily queried and mapped. The resulting electric consumption density maps show which customers have the greatest consumption based on standard metrics, such as kilowatt hours per square metre (kWh/m2); building age and attribute information; business types and demographics. Over time, Horizon plans to use data maps of homes with central air conditioning to identify customers who might be most interested in joining peaksaverPLUS®.

For more information, contact Neil Freeman at neil.freeman@horizonutilities.com

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(l-r) Neil Freeman, VP Business Development and Corporate Relations, Eileen Campbell, VP Customer Services, and Max Cananzi, President and CEO, examine a Horizon Utilities energy conservation map of downtown Hamilton.

 


Social Responsibility Award
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
In Recognition of the Integrated Public Outreach Initiative for Mitigating Power Structure Failure in the Lievre River Watershed

The Lievre River is a tributary of the Ottawa River that winds its way for 350 kilometres through the Laurentides and Outaouais regions, crossing the regional municipalities of Antoine-Labelle, Papineau, Des-Collines de l’Outaouais and the City of Gatineau in Quebec. Its watershed hosts six power generation stations and adjacent dam structures, which, in the event of failure, could present significant environmental and safety challenges to watershed residents and property. The extent of extreme flooding or rupture of these structures is such that conventional emergency planning confined to an individual private operator or municipality, as currently prescribed in regulation, would be inadequate.

For over 10 years, Brookfield Renewable has been a lead participant in a successful multi-partner initiative to ensure the safety and security of Lievre River Watershed residents and their property. Specifically, this initiative has improved and harmonized emergency response planning among municipalities, first-responder agencies and power dam operators; and, informed residents of individual and organizational roles in an extreme flooding or dam failure event in the Lievre River Watershed.

Participating with over 30 other organizations (including 21 local and regional municipalities, eight provincial government agencies, and community first-responder groups such as Red Cross), and building on Brookfield watershed studies in the early 2000s, Brookfield Renewable has galvanized regional planning and operational capabilities to develop emergency response action plans and outreach campaigns.Participating with over 30 other organizations (including 21 local and regional municipalities, eight provincial government agencies, and community first-responder groups such as Red Cross), and building on Brookfield watershed studies in the early 2000s, Brookfield Renewable has galvanized regional planning and operational capabilities to develop emergency response action plans and outreach campaigns.

In 2012, two successful projects – the preparation and dissemination of a step-by-step resident emergency planning video and the completion of a multi-agency emergency planning exercise – have solidified Brookfield Renewable’s leadership in the multi-agency partnership, and catalyzed public consciousness of the importance of individual action and responsibility. These projects speak to a sensitive and profound desire to ensure the safety of the 26,000 citizens living in the watershed – in addition to the thousands of seasonal tourists and residents who enjoy the scenic surroundings during the summer – while further promoting a collaborative and coordinated regional response to potential major disasters.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Pilotte at vanessa.pilotte@brookfieldrenewable.com

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Economic Excellence Award
BC Hydro
In Recognition of the “Lead by Example” Internal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Initiative

BC Hydro’s “Lead by Example” program is about embedding conservation and energy efficiency into the policies and practices of all business units within the company. Sustainable facilities, empowered staff, and conservation policies and practices are the key tenets of “Lead by Example” and have translated to a five per cent reduction (11 GWh) in energy consumption at BC Hydro since 2010.

Through “Lead by Example,” BC Hydro has developed a Green Team network of more than 350 staff members who helped earn the company recognition as one of Canada’s greenest employers. The program has also helped BC Hydro champion conservation as a key part of the company’s culture, attract and retain exceptional talent, improve operations and maintenance objectives, meet environmental obligations, and enhance the reputation of the company.

For more information, please contact Heather Scholefield at heather.scholefield@bchydro.com

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