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Toronto Hydro reports a seven per cent drop in electricity demand during Earth Hour

March 24, 2013

TORONTO, March 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
(“Toronto Hydro”) is pleased to report that the city dropped 205
megawatts (MW) of electricity during Earth Hour. This is equivalent to
removing about 92,000 homes off Toronto’s electricity grid.

Toronto Hydro saw a significant drop of electricity consumption based on
the electricity load recorded for the last three Saturdays this month, 
As homes and businesses shut off lights, computers, television sets and
other non-essential appliances and equipment, the drop continued to
decline over the hour. Normal demand on Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
this month averages 3035 MW. A megawatt is equal to one-million watts.
During Earth Hour, the drop in electricity was approximately seven per

Customers can turn every hour into Earth Hour by picking up Toronto
Hydro’s saveONenergy coupons, which will be featured in-store next
month at participating retailers for discounts on energy-efficient
products for the home, including lighting controls (i.e. dimmers and
motion sensors), compact fluorescent light bulbs and power bars. These
coupons are downloadable from the Toronto Hydro website and can be used
at many participating locations.  For coupons and locations, visit torontohydro.com/coupons

Customers can also view their Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity consumption
profile, to see their hourly, weekly and monthly electricity
consumption at torontohydro.com/tou and manage their hydro bills by shifting consumption to lower-priced
off peak time periods. If not already signed up for access to the TOU
website, they can follow the simple instructions found on the TOU

About Toronto Hydro 
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
719,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest
municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes
approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

Source: PR Newswire