In advance of the upcoming Mayors Sustainable Energy Council meeting on 24 February I thought I would share this press release highlighting  the recipients of the Energy Saver Outstanding Business and Community Outreach Grants.


Date: Friday, February 24, 2012

For Immediate Release:


London Energy Savers Receive Recognition From MSEC


London:     The Honourable Chris Bentley, Ontario’s Energy Minister today joined Mayor Joe Fontana and members of the Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council to recognize the MSEC’s Outstanding Energy Saver Business and Energy Saver Outreach Fund Recipients for 2011. 


This year’s honours went to Drewlo Holdings Inc. as the Outstanding EnergySaver Business. The company undertook retrofits of its many multi residential buildings to make them more energy efficient. This resulted in an annual savings of 1,900 kW and 770 tonnes of CO2 or the equivalent of the energy usage in 350 homes or taking 190 cars off the road.


The Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA) and London Home Builders Association (LHBA) received honours as the recipients of the EnergySaver Community Outreach Fund. The LHBA used their grant to create a display at the recent Home and Garden Show demonstrating energy efficient products, technologies and green building practices. TREA will use its grant to host four information workshops. Topics will include renewable energy, biomass as an energy source and how to set up a solar co-operative project.


Minister Bentley was pleased to be part of the awards program he said, “I would like to thank today’s award recipients for the great work that they do every day to help conserve energy. Their outstanding efforts are helping to make London a leader in the clean energy economy.”


Mayor Fontana praised the work of London companies and organizations that are moving forward with energy saving initiatives and for providing information and education to Londoners looking to make positive changes in their community.  He said, “Those honoured today are leaders in a critical environmental sector. We can reduce our energy consumption. We can utilize new technologies and be smarter consumers. We are pleased to recognize your commitment to making a difference – for making London a great example for other communities.”


“These two initiatives honour businesses and provide grants to community organizations and is a simple way in which the committee can demonstrate its commitment to grass roots initiatives to improve our energy usage.” says Paul van der Werf, Chair of MSEC.”There are many more examples out there of businesses and organizations helping to make London a green energy leader. They all contribute to the MSEC’s overriding goal of trying to save or keep local $150 million of the estimated $1 billion Londoners spend on energy annually.


MSEC is made up of over 30 volunteer energy professionals appointed by the Mayor.  The council mandate is to promote, encourage and support the development and implementation of practical research and initiatives, technologies, and investment in the area of sustainable energy, including energy conservation, efficiency, and alternative energy for the sustainable economic and environmental benefit and use of London and surrounding region.  For more information please visit the website –





Contact: Paul van der Werf – Chair – MSEC – 519-645-7733

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