Charlotte to compete in power saving contest

  • Apr. 18, 2007 12:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte council has agreed to participate in a provincial “Turn it Off” campaign initiated by BC Hydro.
BC Hydro representatives are encouraging local governments to compete against each other to become the top conservation leaders in the province.
“If 25 office employees turned off their workstation task lighting during non-working hours they would save enough electricity to run an average residential home for one year,” says the letter from BC Hydro chief executive Bob Elton, read by council at the April 16 meeting.
“Fresh from our success with the ICBC challenge, we could possibly win this,” said mayor Carol Kulesha, referring to the $10,000 prize the village won during Zero Crash Month.
The grand prize for this initiative is a Power Smart makeover for one of the village’s facilities.
The village is required to send a designate who will lead this effort and one elected official to a workshop in Vancouver in May in order to participate. The challenge runs from June 1 to Aug. 31.
Councillor Greg Martin was chosen as the elected official and administrator Andrew Yeates will also go. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by BC Hydro.

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