Regional Hydro Utilities Support Energy Conservation & Demand Management Program
in Halton Public Schools

Energy Drill Program Teaches Students About Electricity Use and the Concept of Demand Response

April 24, 2013 – Burlington, ON - Today, as part of Earth Week activities, Halton Elementary schools launched the Energy Drill Program™ – a demand response program which aims to reduce the amount of electricity being consumed in times of high power demand. Burlington Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Milton Hydro and Halton Hills Hydro, in cooperation with the Ontario Power Authority, are collectively supporting the program as part of Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District Board’s energy conservation and demand management program.

“The Energy Drill Program is all about teaching our young people about the importance of reducing energy use and the environmental benefits of energy conservation,” says Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Inc. “We are very pleased to support this exciting program initiative in our region's schools and hope that the lessons learned will help in the adoption of lifelong habits.”

The program was officially launched in Burlington at a ceremony at Bruce T. Lindley Public School this afternoon, with similar program launches taking place at schools in Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville.

Burlington Hydro’s Jenna Holzschuh, Conservation and Regulatory Analyst, was on-site to participate in the Energy Drill and to share her expertise and knowledge with students.

“Management of Ontario’s energy resources, especially electricity, is everyone’s responsibility. The Energy Drill ProgramTM has multiple goals – firstly to reduce consumption and demand for electricity in times of high demand in Ontario; secondly it helps students to make connections between classroom learning, environmental conditions (i.e. high temperatures) and actions taken in their community by industrial, commercial and residential electricity consumers. But most importantly it gives students the opportunity to take action on an issue which has both immediate and long term implications.” says Suzanne Burwell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Halton District School Board.

The support of local utility companies includes financial support towards curriculum resources and resources for educators, Elementary and Secondary student engagement projects, training workshops for educators and custodial teams, and support of the launch of the Energy Drill Program and overall Energy Management Strategy.

“We would like to thank Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, and Milton Hydros, and their employees, for partnering with and supporting students and schools in the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board in the Energy Conservation & Demand Management Program,” says Pat Wright, Executive Director, Halton Learning Foundation. “The Foundation is excited about their generous gift and commitment to training, which has enabled the launch of the Energy Drill and will allow for the ongoing growth of this very important initiative.”

Halton Learning Foundation exists to acquire and allocate resources to enrich educational opportunities and eliminate economic barriers to learning for Halton District School Board students.