Morinville shines during Earth Hour

By Staff

Morinville – It was lights off in Morinville Mar. 31 during Earth Hour. The community ranked seventh in FortisAlberta’s top ten communities who powered down for environmental reasons.

“I’m happy to report that Morinville was number seven on our top 10 list of best-performing communities for Earth Hour,” said Kate George, a communications advisor with FortisAlberta. “Morinville saw a decrease of electricity usage by 11.8 per cent over the previous Saturday. These savings equal 1.029 Kw, which is enough electricity to power 1,143 houses for a one hour period.”

Earth Hour took place globally Mar. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., a time when people around the world were asked to turn off lights and other electrical devices in support of the cause. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis.

As in previous years, FortisAlberta once again be collected electricity consumption data for Morinville and other communities during the hour and compared it to consumption from the same hour on Saturday, Mar. 24.
The top ten communities in order of most energy saved to least energy saved were Canmore, Edson, Vulcan, Black Diamond, Strathmore, Chestemere, Morinville, High River, Okotoks and Viking.

FortisAlberta encourages residents to conserve energy at all times and has a list of energy efficiency tips on their website at

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