Peterborough Places 3rd out of 83 in Province-wide Electricity Consumption Challenge:

Peterborough placed third out of 83 municipalities in Friday's Count Me In: Energy Conservation Challenge.

The city decreased its energy use by 4.5% on Aug. 14 from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m. in the challenge marking the anniversary of the 2003 provincewide blackout that plunged 50 million people into darkness, said Larry Doran, president of the Peterborough Distribution Inc.

Kingston won the challenge by decreasing energy use by 7.8%, Doran said.

Placing third was a "pleasant surprise" because other municipalities spent more money marketing the campaign, Doran said.

Peterborough advertised the competition in newspaper, radio and TV ads, he said.

Peterborough offered a unique angle, however, by challenging the city's wards to compete against each other.

"That might have contributed to (our success)," Doran says.

Town Ward won the challenge because its residents signed up for the most energy-saving programs such as Peaksaver, which provides a free programmable air-conditioning thermostat that powers down in 15-minute intervals during hot, steamy days when energy use is most required in the province....

...Winners

The top three Ontario municipalities of the Count Me In: Energy Conservation challenge on Aug. 14 were:

1 Kingston

2 Arnprior

3 Peterborough

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Souce: ELIZABETH BOWER , EXAMINER STAFF WRITER

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