City recognized for its energy conservation success

Living up to its aims in sustainability and livability, the City of Penticton has been awarded a FortisBC Efficiency in Action award for energy conservation. The City is one of ten recipients across the Province. The City of Penticton was recognized in the category of Public Sector, Municipal for making energy saving a priority in all of its ongoing projects and facility upgrades.Penticton received energy efficiency award

The award recognized the many energy-saving projects the City has completed, including converting street lights to LED, completing ice rink LED lighting upgrades at the South Okanagan Events Centre and Memorial Arena, and making energy-efficient upgrades at the waste water treatment plant. Collectively, these upgrades are estimated to save 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is the equivalent to the electricity use of 146 single-family homes or a small subdivision.

"We want to be known for being a livable and sustainable community and that starts with identifying and investing in sound energy saving measures," said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. "The savings are substantial and we appreciate the acknowledgement of our efforts from Fortis BC along with their ongoing support.”

The City is pleased that three of the ten awards will be brought home to Penticton. Overwaitea Food Group won in the Medium Sized Commercial category and Greyback Construction won in the Single-Family Category.

“The attention these organizations have paid to energy use in their projects is impressive — saving energy at this level requires commitment, careful planning and concrete action,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, executive vice-president, customer service and regulatory affairs, FortisBC

Energy conservation is an ongoing commitment of the City of Penticton. The City has an active sustainability committee which includes FortisBC so we can identify energy efficiency opportunities early on and reduce the cost of these projects by qualifying for rebates. For more information on how the City has committed to help residential customers improve energy efficiencies in their homes through the Home Energy Loan Program, please visit the resident services tab at Penticton.ca

Pictured left to right:

Perry Feser, Technical Advisor, FortisBC,
Shawn Filice, Manager, Electrical Department - City of Penticton
Randy Craig, Wastewater Supervisor - City of Penticton
Andrew Jakubeit, Mayor, City of Penticton
James Allen, Program Manager, FortisBC.

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Contact:
Tina Lee
Communications Officer
250-490-2583
tina.lee@penticton.ca