Ajax, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 13, 2011 - Veridian Connections has been recognized as the winner of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s 2010 PeakBuster Utility Challenge for having the largest percentage increase of households participating in the peaksaver® conservation program.

Over a six-month period, the company increased customer participation by 25.23 percent – the highest percentage increase recorded by Ontario's large electric utilities.

Many participating customers signed-up for the program during Veridian's annual “Sign Up & Save” Summer Tour. Held between June and August, the 12 week tour includes stops at events and festivals in all communities serviced by Veridian. The tour provides customers the opportunity to learn valuable information about energy conservation initiatives, and an opportunity to sign-up for the peaksaver program.
 
peaksaver is an innovative program that helps to ensure reliable power supply in the province. The program allows a participating customer's air conditioner to be cycled down when electricity demand is at its highest through a programmable thermostat installed at their home. The program is available to customers with central air conditioning in good working order, who receive the programmable thermostat professionally installed for free.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for the success of our peaksaver program,” said Eryn Wishnowski, Veridian's residential conservation program manager. “The award demonstrates that our customers are committed to reducing the strain on the electricity system during peak periods of demand, and to helping build a culture of conservation.”

The annual PeakBuster challenge recognizes utilities that achieved the largest percentage increase in peaksaver installations within their service territories between April 1 and September 30.