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2011 Sustainable Electricity Independent Verification Assurance Statement


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26 Forest Road
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Canada B3A 2M3
Phone: 902-435-7562
Fax: 902-484-7639


March 5, 2012


Re: 2011 Sustainable Electricity Independent Verification Assurance Statement


Sustainable Electricity is a mandatory industry-wide sustainable development program developed and implemented by the electric utility members of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The program seeks out synergies between the three factors of ‘sustainability’ – environment, social, and economic – enabling the electricity sector to take a holistic approach to managing its activities.


The Independent Verification process is a core element of the Sustainable Electricity program and is conducted by an independent, qualified assessor, in accordance with CEA independent verification protocols. This is to attest that Duerden & Keane Environmental Inc. (D&K) successfully completed on-site independent verification of the following CEA member companies in 2011:


Alta Link, ATCO Electric, ATCO Power, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Columbia Power Corporation, ENMAX Corporation, EPCOR, FortisAlberta, FortisBC, and TransCanada.


In accordance with the verification protocols, D&K Environmental Inc. utilized the following framework to ensure data integrity and conformance with the program requirements.


The Scope of the Verification:

  • The degree of adherence to the CEA Policy on Sustainable Development – Corporate Responsibility
  • Consistency and accuracy of information provided to CEA on key performance indicators
  • Conformance with CEA’s requirement for an ISO 14001 consistent Environmental Management System (EMS)


Verification Procedure:

  • Interviews with senior company executives on the strategic direction/issues related to sustainable development, as well as their commitment to the principles of the Sustainable Electricity program
  • Interviews with select working-level company representatives to verify information provided to CEA
  • Document reviews and cross referencing of information for consistency and accuracy (e.g. annual reports, websites, information reported to government agencies)
  • Review of data collection procedures
  • Testing of calculations performed for specific key performance metrics
  • Review of environmental management system elements and procedures, including internal/external audits and minutes from management reviews


Verifier Conclusions:

  • High-level of understanding and commitment to the principles of the Sustainable Electricity program by senior company executives and working-level personnel
  • A high level of consistency between information provided to CEA and published in other reports
  • Some minor deficiencies in reporting, which can be rectified through additional guidance in the next reporting cycle
  • Significant conformity with the implementation of the CEA EMS requirements


To ensure all companies conform to the requirements of the Sustainable Electricity program, the same verification approach will be utilized at the following CEA member companies (in the order of scheduled external verifications):

  • Capital Power Corporation
  • TransAlta Corporation
  • Yukon Energy Corporation
  • Northwest Territories Power Corporation
  • SaskPower
  • Saskatoon Light and Power
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Hydro One Inc.
  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
  • Horizon Utilities Corporation
  • Oakville Hydro
  • Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
  • Hydro Ottawa
  • Maritime Electric Company Limited
  • New Brunswick Power Holding Corporation
  • Newfoundland Power
  • Nalcor Energy
  • Saint John Energy
  • Nova Scotia Power Inc.


We would like to thank CEA for the opportunity to perform the verifications in 2011, and we look forward to the next round of verifications in 2012.


For Duerden & Keane Environmental Inc.,


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Colin Duerden
B.Sc., Ph.D., EP-EMS(LA), EP-CEA


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Sue Keane
B.Sc., M.Eng., EP-EMS(LA), EP-CEA


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