Michael AngemeerVaughan, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 7, 2006 – Three distributor-piloted conservation and demand management (CDM) programs have been unveiled in Ontario, Canada. They have been supported by the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA), the voice of Ontario's electricity distributors; Premier McGuinty; Energy Minister Duncan; and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). The programs will be expanded province-wide through the OPA and in partnership with local distributors.

“We're very pleased that the provincial government has adopted conservation programs that have been developed and successfully implemented by our members,” said Michael Angemeer, Chair of the EDA. “These programs, in combination with others implemented by local distribution companies (LDCs) are helping with Ontario’s peak load and substantially increasing consumer education and buy-in on the real benefits of conservation activities and energy efficient products.”

Electricity distributors are the frontline deliverers of CDM programming and they are providing the innovation and leadership that is helping to create a culture of conservation in Ontario. The expanded powerWISE programs will complement the over 500 CDM programs that have been delivered or are planned by electricity distribution companies province-wide – programs being delivered at local, regional and provincial levels.

Distributors invested $36 million in conservation programs in 2005 that resulted in electricity savings of close to 160 million kilowatts, equivalent to powering over 14,000 homes for a year. They are well on their way to surpassing these benchmarks in 2006 and 2007.

The government's announcement earlier this summer of an additional 3-year, $400 million conservation fund to support distributors' CDM activities, has the potential to greatly enhance conservation savings by electricity consumers across Ontario in moving forward. Today’s expanded programs will be managed by the OPA and come under this conservation funding mechanism.

“The EDA has recently formed a Conservation and Demand Management Caucus as a central coordinating body to work with government agencies on conservation policies related to the Ontario LDC industry,” said Angemeer. “The EDA’s CDM Caucus will play a key role on the policy side of conservation to ensure LDCs have the proper funding mechanisms and tools in place to ensure financial sustainability of distributors' conservation efforts.”

The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) is the voice of Ontario's local electricity distributors, the publicly and privately owned companies that safely and reliably deliver electricity to over four million Ontario homes, businesses and public institutions. The EDA provides members with advocacy and representation in the legislative and regulatory environment and the electricity market in Ontario.