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Mayor wants lights out for Earth Hour

Prince Edward County Earth Hour participationTuesday night at council, Prince Edward County Mayor Peter Mertens will recommend the County participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
The County would join municipalities around the world in literally “turning out the lights” by shutting off all non-essential lighting in all of its facilities, where feasible, and without jeopardizing safety, for one full hour.
All individuals, households and businesses in Prince Edward County are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 to “see” the difference that small, every day actions can make.
Staff would register at www.EarthHourCanada.org by March 21, 2011 to be formally recognized around the world as an Earth Hour participant.
Earth Hour is a global World Wildlife Fund lights-out event designed to raise awareness and support for action on climate change.
It was initiated in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where more than two million businesses and households turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – resulting in a 10 per cent reduction on the electrical grid and saving 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour event ever, reaching 1.3 billion people participating in 128 countries and territories around the globe. Once again, more than 10 million Canadians took part, turning out the lights in more than 300 cities and towns.
Earth Hour was officially announced in December 2007 at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, and has grown from the single event in Sydney to the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

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  1. Gary Mooney says:

    The province pays between 44.3 cents per KWH (large on ground installations) and 80.2 cents (small on roof installations) for solar. Compare these prices to 3.5 cents per KWH — the market price paid by the province for conventional forms of power.

    How the province can rationalize paying 12 to 23 times more for solar than for other types of generation is beyond me.

  2. Doris Lane says:

    Right on Gary the problem is that there are not very many people that realize just what is happening with hydro
    Buy it for 13 cents and sell it for 3 cents but not to the Ontario consumer but to other countries.
    This 13 cents cost is going up as more solar and wind projects are put on the grid
    What is the cost of solar Gary? Does not Hydro Generation pay around 60 cents for Solar?

  3. Gary Mooney says:

    Hell no .. let’s all glow! We should take advantage of the opportunity to buy electricity at a huge 62% discount. Only 5.1 cents per KWH for power that costs the province 13.5 cents.

    And we’ll actually be doing the province a favour, because otherwise they’ll have to sell it to NY state at 3.5 cents.

  4. Thomas Marshall says:

    hmmmm!!!Looks like a great opportunity to save / cut energy utilization in all municipal buildings by atleast 50%. That would be fiscally responsible.

  5. Brian Marisett says:

    re: “The County would join municipalities around the world in literally “turning out the lights” by shutting off all non-essential lighting in all of its facilities, where feasible, and without jeopardizing safety, for one full hour.”

    If we can safely turn off non-essential lighting for an hour as a participant in Earth Hour I have to wonder why these lights are on in the first place

  6. Dayton Johnson says:

    What a Joke!!The liberals are going to have to PAY some province or state to take our excess power for an hour!!!
    Weekends are the cheapest rstes…this hardly makes any sense.

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