August 26, 2003

York Region thanks residents for co-operation during power crisis

NEWMARKET York Region Chair and CEO Bill Fisch offered his thanks today to residents and business in York Region that helped conserve energy during the recent hydro crisis.

"York Region businesses and residents did an exemplary job in reducing energy use," said Chair Fisch. "In no small measure, the fortitude and patience shown by residents helped contribute to the recovery of the provincial power system."

With the provincial state of emergency lifted by Premier Ernie Eves on Friday, The Regional Municipality of York closed its Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) at 8:00 p.m. The REOC had been staffed around the clock since the power crisis began.

During the provincial emergency, buildings owned by the Region had been operating at a substantially reduced capacity. The Administrative Centre in Newmarket scaled down its power consumption to as little as 48 per cent, while the South Services Centre in Richmond Hill ran on as little as 17 per cent power.

"York Region heeded the call to conserve," continued Chair Fisch. "We were asked to scale back, and we did. As leaders of our community, it was up to us to set a positive example; and I think we did so admirably."

On a positive note, the energy crisis allowed for reflection on the amount of power required for day-to-day operations. York Region will be carefully reviewing power consumption logs in an effort to establish a long-term energy strategy that emphasizes conservation.

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