Earth Hour 2015 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities in York Region and Simcoe County served by the electric utility, indicated they want to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.
PowerStream’s System Control Centre reported a service territory-wide 6.0 per cent electricity consumption reduction between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in comparison to a typical consumption pattern normally experienced on a similar type of day, taking into consideration hour of the day, time of year and weather.
This was an increase from the 4.8 per cent reduction achieved collectively last year by customers in PowerStream’s service territory during Earth Hour 2014.
The 2015 results represented a total savings of 61.5 megawatts (MW) in peak demand, or enough electricity to power 1,864 average-size homes over a 24-hour period.
The reductions achieved per municipality in 2015 were as follows:
PowerStream also supported Earth Hour 2015 in several other ways, in addition to powering down the lights at its four work locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie, as well as reporting municipal power consumption reduction totals throughout its service territory during Earth Hour.
PowerStream also sponsored the Vaughan Earth Hour Lantern Walk held a Vaughan City Hall and the Markham Earth Hour Lantern Walk at the Cornell Community Centre. At both events, PowerStream had displays showcasing the energy conservation programs the company offers both residential and business customers.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy company providing power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
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