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Port Colborne's Home Building Centre Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures

Friday, August 13, 2010

Port Colborne's Home Building Centre Awarded for Energy and Cost-saving Measures
Pictured (left to right):
Frank Danch from Frank's Home Building Centre;
Mary Tibollo - CDM Specialist, Canadian Niagara Power

On August 13, Port Colborne's Frank's Home Building Centre store owner, Frank Danch, was presented with a $517 Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) cheque by Canadian Niagara Power. This was in recognition of the electricity savings achieved through a lighting retrofit completed at the store.

The Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program, offered by Canadian Niagara Power and the Ontario Power Authority, provides incentives for commercial, industrial, agricultural and institutional customers who complete electrical retrofits that result in demand savings and/or annual energy savings. By installing energy-efficient lighting throughout the store, the program will help reduce their environmental footprint, provide better illumination levels and reduced energy consumption.

The conservation programs for businesses offered by Canadian Niagara Power assist customers undergoing retrofits they might otherwise not be able to complete. Money saved on energy is money that can be directed instead to other priorities. We congratulate Mr. Danch, and Frank's Home Building Centre, on taking a pro-active, leadership role in energy conservation in our community.

 

Moderate Rate Adjustment for Cornwall Electric Customers

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010 (Cornwall, Ontario) - Cornwall Electric customer’s rates will increase 2.75% June 30, 2010. Michael Pescod, Regional Manager of Cornwall Electric, attributed the moderate increase and first in the past four years to the long-term wholesale electricity supply contract negotiated with Hydro Quebec by Cornwall Electric on behalf of its customers in 2008.

This long term agreement ensures reliability of supply and rate stability. The last retail rate increase was 2007 followed by a reduction of 6.2% in the 2008/2009 rate year. It is projected that future annual price adjustments will average at or near inflation until 2019.

“Fluctuating wholesale electricity prices had been the largest contributor to price uncertainty in recent years,” said Pescod. “Like all other utilities in Ontario, the cost of electricity in Cornwall is passed through to its customers. The long term contract with Hydro Quebec provides rate stability and security of supply for the remaining contract term to December 2019. With recently announced rate increases elsewhere in the Province, Cornwall Electric rates compare favorably to surrounding electrical utilities”.

The wholesale cost of electricity represents approximately 85% of the customer’s total bill. The remaining 15% represents the “wires” or distribution charges. The wire charges pay for Cornwall Electric to deliver power safely and reliably from the Cedars Rapids Transmission lines to the customers’ homes and businesses and to provide for system maintenance and replacement. Cornwall Electric will invest approximately four million dollars in system expansions and capital replacements in 2010. Cornwall Electric customers do not pay the debt retirement charge paid by the majority of customers in Ontario.

Cornwall Electric promotes the wise use of electricity and urges customers to conserve energy and consider changing to energy efficient appliances, lighting, shower heads, and installing programmable thermostats, weather stripping and pool pump timers. These measures will reduce consumption and help manage the cost of the service.

Cornwall Electric supplies electricity to 23,300 customers in the City of Cornwall, South Glengarry, South Stormont, and the Ontario portion of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario, headquartered in Fort Erie with operations in distribution and transmission serving approximately 65,000 customers in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Michael Pescod
Regional Manager
Cornwall Electric
Phone: (613) 932-0123 Ext. 4228

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Algoma Power and Employees Donate $14,000 to United Way

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Algoma Power Inc. (“API”) announced today that it along with employees are donating a total of $14,000 to the 2009 United Way Campaign.

Algoma Power Inc. and its employees, in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District, launched their 2009 United Way Workplace Campaign in mid-February 2010. Bill Thornton, Campaign Chair, and Gary Vipond, CEO United Way of Sault Ste. Marie, attended an employee pancake breakfast and shared the impact of their programs on individuals, youth, families and seniors. The in-house campaign team met with employees in an effort to make their first campaign a success.

And what a success for a new company! Algoma Power Inc. Regional Manager, Tim Lavoie, along with employee representatives Chantal Dube-Tarabas, Denis Desjardins and Sue Barr presented a cheque for $14,000 to United Way 2009 Campaign Chair, Bill Thornton.

“Algoma Power Inc is designating their donation to the United Way District Grants program to give back to the communities where our customers live and work,” says Tim Lavoie. “Between our matched corporate funds and that of our employees we have made a great contribution to this program.”

Algoma Power Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario Inc. FortisOntario is headquartered in Fort Erie, Ontario, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission, and serves approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For more information on the United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and district “District Grant Program” or any of the 50 funded programs and services visit www.ssmunitedway.ca.

Without you, there would be no way.

For further information contact:

Gary Vipond
Executive Director — United Way
705-256-7476
Bill Thornton
2009 Campaign Chair — United Way
705-945-6660


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Canadian Niagara Power Donates a $15,000 to Fort Erie Skate Park

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Canadian Niagara Power Donates a $15,000 to Fort Erie Skate ParkOctober 21, 2009 (Fort Erie, Ontario) - Canadian Niagara Power Inc. (“CNPI”) announced today that it is making a $15,000 donation in support of the new Fort Erie Skate Park. This donation will be earmarked for the purchase of new high efficient electric lighting being installed at the park. This donation was made possible through an initiative agreement between CNPI and the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation programs. 

“Our Company recognizes the need for such a valuable community project that offers a safe and fun environment for our children and their families. With this donation, CNPI is once again able to partner with the Town to enhance Fort Erie’s parks and recreation system for the benefit of our residents,” said Bill Daley, President & CEO of CNPI.

“The Fort Erie Skate Park is a much needed and long awaited addition to Fort Erie's parks system”, stated Fort Erie Mayor Douglas Martin. “Members of the community have spent many years working towards this goal. I join them in applauding Canadian Niagara Power for its continued commitment to this community, and for helping to turn this dream into a reality.”

FortisOntario is headquartered in Fort Erie, has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 65,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall, Gananoque and the Algoma district of Ontario and meets a peak demand of 296 MW. FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

For further information contact:
Kristine Carmichael
Manager, Corporate Communications, Customer Service
& Human Resources
FortisOntario Inc. (905) 871-0330, ext. 3209

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Eastern Ontario Power Lights Up Gananoque

Friday, October 2, 2009

Eastern Ontario Power Lights Up GananoqueOctober 2, 2009 (Gananoque, Ontario) – Eastern Ontario Power (“EOP”) announced today that it is making a $10,000 donation to the Town of Gananoque’s King Street Lighting Beautification project.
 
“With this donation, EOP is helping provide energy efficient lighting to this project promoting the need for energy conservation, and thereby saving energy costs for the Town and reducing their carbon footprint.  Through this and other energy conservation initiatives offered, the Company is dedicated to providing various conservation programs to all sectors of the community,” said Michael Pescod, Regional Manager.
 
“The Town is very pleased and grateful that EOP has recognized our efforts to reduce our energy use with our new street lighting on King Street West.  This funding commitment is another example of EOP’s willingness to partner with the Town to help achieve a more sustainable community”, said Jim Garrah, Mayor of the Town of Gananoque.

As an advocate of responsible energy usage, EOP encourages customers to consider conservation measures such as changing to energy efficient lighting, installing programmable thermostats, weather-stripping doors and windows, and take advantage of the energy conservation programs offered by the Ontario Power Authority in conjunction with the Conservation Bureau.

Eastern Ontario Power is a division of Canadian Niagara Power Inc. which is a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario Inc.  FortisOntario Inc. is headquartered in Fort Erie and has operations in electricity distribution and transmission and serves approximately 52,000 customers primarily located in Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Cornwall and Gananoque, Ontario and meets a peak demand of 256 MW.  FortisOntario is 100% owned by Fortis Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland.  For more information on FortisOntario, please visit the corporate website at www.fortisontario.com.

 
For further information contact:
Michael Pescod
Manager, Eastern Region
FortisOntario Inc. (613) 382-2118, extension 4228

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