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Date: October 18, 2004

UVic Leads B.C. Universities in Energy Efficiency

e.Points may not be currency on eBay, but UVic can redeem them to improve its energy efficiency even further, thanks to BC Hydro’s “e.Points Bonus Program.” BC Hydro presented UVic with $84,000 worth of e.Points in recognition of the university’s successful reduction of electrical energy use over the past year. To date, this e. Points award is the highest ever given to a post-secondary institution.

UVic, a Power Smart Partner since 2002, was eligible for e.Points Bonus because it exceeded the minimum annual five per cent energy efficiency reduction campus wide; a requirement under BC Hydro’s Power Smart Partner Program. The university reduced its electricity in a variety of ways, including using energy-efficient materials and methods in new building construction, and turning out the lights in vacant rooms. The points can now be used for a future BC Hydro approved electrical energy-saving project.

“UVic strives to incorporate sustainability principles throughout its operations,” says facilities management executive director Jerry Robson. “We make a conscious effort to be energy efficient on campus and through various initiatives. We reduced energy use by over 5.6 per cent last year. Reducing our operational costs allows the university to redirect funds to other areas.”

UVic reduced its energy use by 1,403,635 kilowatt hours last year—or the equivalent of the electrical energy used by 1,400 average households.

“UVic’s accomplishments over the past few years have been very commendable. And through the Power Smart e.Points Bonus program, UVic will be able to do even more energy efficiency projects,” says Brent Billey, BC Hydro key account manager, advanced education.

For further information on Power Smart programs, visit BC Hydro’s website at www.bchydro.com.

Media contacts:
Jerry Robson (Facilities Management) at (250) 721-7592 or gmrobson@fmgt.uvic.ca
Elisha Moreno (BC Hydro) at (604) 623-4099 or elisha.moreno@bchydro.com
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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