Toronto, August 16, 2010 - The strong results in the 2010 Megawatt Reduction
Challenge demonstrate that electricity conservation is a key priority for
Ontario's municipalities and their residents. While Goderich walked away as this
year's winner, there were 61 communities that participated in the friendly
competition to reduce as much electricity as possible on August 11 from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m.
"The Community Challenge shows that consumers are taking an active role in
their energy use," said IESO President and CEO Paul Murphy. "Engaged
consumers who are willing to reduce their consumption benefit the reliability of
the power system and the environment."
The competition is part of the five-month Power Pledge campaign, which
encourages all Ontarians to commit to a few simple conservation actions to save
money and help protect the environment, and is a partnership among the
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Ontario Power Authority
(OPA), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Electricity
Distributors Association (EDA).
The IESO served as referee for the Megawatt Reduction Challenge. By a using
similar day as a comparator, the IESO was able to measure each participating
municipality's results. Full results of the Megawatt Challenge can be found