March 24, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged by NB Power to participate in Earth Hour 2009, to be observed Saturday, March 28. This initiative is aimed at raising awareness on climate change and the positive effects that individuals may have in making change.
"Last year was our first time participating in this initiative, and we were very pleased with the results," said Darren Murphy, vice-president of transmission, distribution and customer service. "We estimated a reduction of eight megawatts of demand for the hour, equal to about 150,000 light bulbs being turned off for an hour. Every home makes a difference, so let's aim for an even greater reduction."
Participating is easy: turn off the lights on Saturday between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Taking part will offer an opportunity for families to share information about conservation. Please keep safety in mind when participating: consider using a lantern or, if lighting candles, use candleholders, and never leave them unattended.
Earth Hour was introduced in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and has expanded to cities around the world. To date, more than 2,000 communities have signed up for Earth Hour 2009, and the number continues to grow. For more information on Earth Hour 2009 or to sign up for the event, visit www.earthhour.org.
The environment and conservation is a priority for NB Power and is part of its commitment to providing New Brunswickers with safe and reliable electricity. Visit www.nbpower.com to learn more ways to protect the environment at home and at work.
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather MacLean, media relations, NB Power, 506-458-6618, e-mail, email@example.com.