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PowerStream Encourages Customers to Participate in Earth Hour 2014

Energy company marks seventh year of involvement in annual global awareness event

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/24/14 -- PowerStream, a community-owned energy company, committed to the environment and sustainable growth, is once again encouraging its customers to join the utility in participating in Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

PowerStream, which serves several communities in York Region and Simcoe County, will be participating in Earth Hour by powering down the lights at its four work locations in Vaughan, Markham and Barrie, as well as reporting municipal power consumption reduction totals throughout its service territory during Earth Hour. Collus PowerStream will also be powering down lights at its office in Collingwood.

PowerStream is also demonstrating its commitment to this annual global awareness event about climate change by sponsoring Earth Hour Vaughan's 2014 Lantern Walk and Energy Exhibit as well as Markham Earth Hour 2014.

The venue for the Vaughan Earth Hour event is Vaughan City Hall while Markham Earth Hour activities will take place at Cornell Community Centre. Both events will feature displays showcasing PowerStream's energy conservation programs.

QUOTES


--  "Earth Hour is just one of many ways for our customers to show their
    support for protecting the environment and at the same time learn about
    the importance of conservation," says Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream
    Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan. "It's a global event where
    family and friends around the world can come together to collectively
    express their commitment to fight climate change."
--  "PowerStream is proud to be both a participant and supporter of Earth
    Hour," says Brian Bentz, PowerStream President and CEO. "It is an event
    that is consistent with our corporate vision and our ongoing efforts to
    be a socially responsible company that is committed to the environment
    and sustainable growth."

BACKGROUND


--  During last year's Earth Hour event, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March
    23, 2013, PowerStream's System Control Centre reported a service
    territory-wide electricity reduction of 5 per cent.
--  More information related to Earth Hour can be found at
    www.earthhour.org.

ABOUT POWERSTREAM

PowerStream is a community-owned energy services company providing power and related solutions to more than 365,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the municipalities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.

ABOUT EARTH HOUR

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. .

Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and by 2012 involved hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries across every continent, receiving reports as 'the world's largest campaign for the planet.

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