Powerco gets Behind Earth Hour

Monday, March 21, 2011

Powerco is encouraging households and businesses to switch off their lights for an hour on Saturday in support of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global movement intended to get people talking about the importance of reducing or mitigating humanity’s adverse impacts on planet earth. Members of the public are encouraged to join in the worldwide celebrations by turning off the lights at 8:30pm on Saturday, 26 March.

Powerco’s Environmental Analyst Rebecca Dearden said 1.25 million New Zealanders were among millions of people across 128 countries who took part in Earth Hour last year. According to figures from Transpower, the national grid operator, there was a national energy saving of 3.5% on the night of Earth Hour 2010.

Mrs Dearden says the company is urging everyone to participate in Earth Hour.

"Powerco will be supporting the cause by switching off non-essential lighting at our sites and reminding our staff and customers to do the same in their homes."

Part of the Earth Hour campaign is looking at ways to care for the environment beyond the hour.

Powerco is committed to caring for the environment and has taken several steps towards this. Recent initiatives have included recycling at its branches and providing organic waste for worm farms.

"We’re also working through all the levels of Enviro-Mark certification," Mrs Dearden says.

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 420,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Western Bay of Plenty, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.



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