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PowerStream is a proud supporter of this symbolic, global event and participates through community events, by turning off the lights at its own work locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie and reporting on municipal power consumption reduction totals in its service territory during Earth Hour.

Earth Hour logoEarth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

In 2008 Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome's Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. Canada shone above the rest with almost half the adult population participating. About 10 million people in more than 150 cities from coast-to-coast switched off their lights. People in cities across Canada held candlelight dinners, enjoyed time with friends and family or went on walks.

The aim of the campaign is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better.


Earth Hour 2013

PowerStream's System Control department tabulated the following 2012 Earth Hour municipal and service territory-wide electricity consumption results:

PowerStream reports 5.0 % less electricity used during Earth Hour 2013

Municipality

Per cent  Reduction*

MegaWatt Reduction*

 Aurora

7.5 % 

3.8 MW 

 Barrie

2.9 % 

3.8 MW 

 Bradford West Gwillimbury

4.3 % 

1.1 MW 

 Essa (Thornton)

10.0 % 

0.1 MW 

 Markham

 5.9 % 

16.4 MW 

 New Tecumseth

6.9 % 

1.9 MW 

 Penetanguishene

4.2 % 

0.5 MW 

 Richmond Hill

 5.7 % 

7.6 MW 

 Vaughan

4.4 % 

14.9 MW 

   
 PowerStream Service Territory

5.0 % 

50.1 MW 

   
* (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).



Earth Hour 2012

PowerStream's System Control department tabulated the following 2012 Earth Hour municipal and service territory-wide electricity consumption results:

PowerStream reports 7.8 % less electricity used during Earth Hour 2012

Municipality

Per cent  Reduction*

MegaWatt Reduction*

 Aurora

10.8 % 

5.1 MW 

 Barrie

6.7 % 

8.3 MW 

 Bradford West Gwillimbury

8.1 % 

1.9 MW 

 Essa (Thornton)

28.0 % 

0.2 MW 

 Markham

 7.2 % 

18.3 MW 

 New Tecumseth

9.0 % 

2.4 MW 

 Penetanguishene

4.1 % 

0.4 MW 

 Richmond Hill

 8.2 % 

10.9 MW 

 Vaughan

8.6 % 

27.0 MW 

   
 PowerStream Service Territory

7.8 % 

74.5 MW 

   
* (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).

Earth Hour Events

In addition to turning off the lights at its own work locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie and reporting on municipal power consumption reduction totals in its service territory during Earth Hour, PowerStream once again sponsored a number of local events including Markham Earth Hour Plus, the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival and the Vaughan Lantern Walk for Earth Hour.


Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.

PowerStream’s System Control reported a service territory-wide 8.9 percent electricity consumption reduction between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday*. This was slightly down from the 9.1 percent reduction achieved collectively last year by customers in PowerStream’s service territory during Earth Hour 2010. According to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Earth Hour results this year were somewhat muted across the province due to colder temperatures and the need for more electricity to heat some homes and businesses.

The 2011 results represented a total savings of 86.7 megawatts (MW) in peak demand, or enough electricity to power 2,627 average-size homes over a 24-hour period. The reductions achieved per municipality in 2011 were as follows:

 
 
Municipality

Per cent  Reduction*

MegaWatt Reduction*

 Aurora

14.3% 

7.4 MW 

 Barrie

7.7% 

9.9 MW 

 Bradford West Gwillimbury

9.1% 

2.3 MW 

 Essa (Thornton)

18.0% 

0.2 MW 

 Markham

 8.5% 

23.0 MW 

 New Tecumseth

9.2% 

2.0 MW 

 Penetanguishene

6.6% 

0.6 MW 

 Richmond Hill

 9.3% 

12.9 MW 

 Vaughan

8.8% 

28.4 MW 

   
 PowerStream Service Territory

8.9% 

86.7 MW 

   
* (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).
                                      

Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour 2010 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.

PowerStream’s System Control reported a service territory-wide 9.1 percent electricity consumption reduction between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday*. This was down slightly from the 10 percent reduction achieved collectively last year by customers in PowerStream’s service territory during Earth Hour 2009. According to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Earth Hour results this year were somewhat muted across the province due to colder temperatures and the need for more electricity to heat homes. 

The 2010 results represented a savings of 82.0 megawatts (MW) in peak demand, or enough electricity to power 721 average-size homes over a 24-hour period. The reductions achieved per municipality in 2010 were as follows: 

Municipality

Per cent  Reduction*

MegaWatt Reduction*

 Aurora

13.0% 

6.2 MW 

 Barrie

6.8% 

8.7 MW 

 Bradford West Gwillimbury

11.4% 

1.7 MW 

 Essa (Thornton)

13.4% 

0.1 MW 

 Markham

10.2% 

27.1MW 

 New Tecumseth

7.4% 

1.9 MW 

 Penetanguishene

6.6% 

0.5 MW 

 Richmond Hill

14.5% 

12.9 MW 

 Vaughan

7.0% 

22.9 MW 

   
 PowerStream Service Territory

9.1% 

82.0 MW 

   
* (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).
Revised March 31, 2011 to be consistent with standardized reporting.

PowerStream also supported Earth Hour 2010 in several other ways. In addition to powering down the lights at its three work locations in Barrie, Markham and Vaughan, the company also was the presenting sponsor of the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival and provided sponsorship support to the Woodbridge Earth Hour Lantern Walk.

PowerStream was proud to be the presenting sponsor of an outstanding concert event in support of Earth Hour; the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival. The 2010 Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival was held from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010 in downtown Barrie (outside of Barrie City Hall), and featured a mix of contemporary country and rock music. At 8:30 p.m. sharp the lights went out and the Earth Hour concert continued with acoustical performances.


Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour 2009 saw thousands of PowerStream customers, in the nine municipalities served by the electric utility, indicate their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights for 60 minutes to reduce electricity consumption.

PowerStream’s System Control reported a service territory-wide 10 per cent electricity reduction between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday*. The reduction represented a savings of 88.3 megawatts in peak demand, or enough electricity to power 1,471 average-size homes over a 24-hour period.

The reductions achieved per municipality were as follows:

Municipality

Per cent  Reduction*

MegaWatt Reduction*

 Aurora

8% 

4 MW 

 Barrie

4% 

5 MW 

 Bradford West Gwillimbury

13% 

2 MW 

 Essa (Thornton)

11% 

0.3 MW 

 Markham

7% 

17 MW 

 New Tecumseth

9% 

2 MW 

 Penetanguishene

13% 

1 MW 

 Richmond Hill

27% 

43 MW 

 Vaughan

5% 

13 MW 

   
 PowerStream Service Territory

10% 

88.3 MW 

   
* (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).

PowerStream also supported Earth Hour 2009 in several other ways. In addition to powering down the lights at its four work locations in Barrie, Markham and Vaughan and title sponsorship of the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival, PowerStream provided support for the Woodbridge Lantern Walk as well as an Earth Hour sign up contest at the public libraries in Markham.


Earth Hour 2008

During Earth Hour 2008, thousands of PowerStream customers in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan indicated their willingness to help fight climate change by turning off their lights to reduce their electricity consumption.

PowerStream’s System Control reported a service territory-wide 4.85 per cent electricity reduction between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday March 29, 2008, in comparison to the same time a week earlier (March 22). Although some of the decrease in consumption may have been due to weather conditions, it represented a savings of 57,170 kilowatt-hours, or enough electricity to power 2,382 average-size homes for one day. When comparing electricity consumption of Saturday March 22 and Saturday March 29 between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. the reduction per municipality was as follows:

  MunicipalityPer cent of Electricity Reduction
     Aurora          10.15
     Markham            6.02
     Richmond Hill            3.58
     Vaughan            3.59

PowerStream also supported Earth Hour in several ways. In addition to powering down the lights to its own head office and joining forces with Vaughan Mills to present the “Less is More Event” from March 26 - 29, PowerStream, as the host of the 2008 Ontario Electric Utilities Hockey Tournament, suspended competition in order to turn off the lights to all four ice surfaces at The Sports Village complex.