VAUGHAN, ON--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - PowerStream is once again encouraging its customers to join the utility in participating in Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

PowerStream, which serves several communities in York Region and Simcoe County, will be participating in Earth Hour by powering down the lights at its four locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie, as well as reporting municipal power consumption reduction totals throughout its service territory during Earth Hour. Collus PowerStream will also be participating, powering down lights at its office in Collingwood.

PowerStream is further demonstrating its commitment to this annual climate change global awareness event by sponsoring Vaughan's 2015 Earth Hour Lantern Walk and Markham's 2015 Earth Hour Celebration.

The Vaughan Earth Hour event will be held at Vaughan City Hall, while Markham Earth Hour activities will take place at Cornell Community Centre. Both events will feature displays showcasing PowerStream's energy conservation programs.


  • "We encourage our employees, customers and the communities we serve to participate in Earth Hour," says Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan. "We are proud to participate in this global awareness event that serves to educate businesses and residents in our communities about how we can collectively initiate positive environmental change."
  • "PowerStream takes great pride in its commitment and demonstrated leadership in protecting the environment," says Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO. "Participating in Earth Hour each year is a way we remind ourselves of the great strides we've made in reducing our carbon footprint and re-focusing on our mission to make a significant difference in everything that we do."


  • During last year's Earth Hour event, PowerStream's System Control Centre reported a 4.8 percent electricity reduction across its entire service territory.
  • In 2008, PowerStream was one of the first companies in Canada to participate in Earth Hour.


PowerStream is a community-owned energy company providing power and related services to more than 370,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.


Earth Hour is WWF's global environmental movement. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, businesses and organizations in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories during the hour and beyond. In 2015, Earth Hour aims to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to change climate change.


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