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EARTH HOUR - Pemberton Places 2nd in the Province

(News release from BC Hydro website)

April 1, 2012

BC repeats Earth Hour success

VANCOUVER - British Columbians saved 121 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.67 percent during Earth Hour last night - about the same as the 1.8 percent drop last year - and the equivalent of turning off about 9 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.

The community with the highest reduction in consumption - 12.1 percent - was Revelstoke. Pemberton measured the second highest decrease at 6.8 percent. In total, 91 communities across BC registered their participation in Earth Hour.

The event shows that British Columbians can make a difference in energy conservation through simple efforts.

Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and supported provincially by BC Hydro. This year marks the fifth year of BC Hydro's support of the event. The goal of the event is to encourage individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics in an effort to conserve power and in doing so, demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts.

British Columbia is growing, and so is the need for electricity. BC Hydro is working to meet at least 66 per cent of new electricity demand through conservation and energy efficiency by 2020. In the last three years alone, BC Hydro's Power Smart programs have saved close to 3,000 gigawatt hours of electricity - enough to power 270,000 homes annually. In addition to conservation, BC Hydro will meet demand and continue to ensure a clean, reliable supply of energy by investing now in the projects that are needed to keep the lights on in our province for the next 50 years.

For more information, visit the BC Hydro website

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Last Updated on Monday, April 02, 2012