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Need to reduce electricity consumption in Toronto continues

July 10, 2013

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking Toronto electricity consumers to reduce their electricity use again today.

While significant progress has been made in restoring service, supply within parts of the west end of Toronto remains uncertain given the need to reconfigure the system to work around major transmission facilities that remain unavailable.
The IESO is appealing to Toronto consumers to reduce their electricity use where possible to help relieve the strain on the system.

Consumers can reduce the demands on the electricity system by:
- Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;
- Set air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or use fans as an alternative;
- Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside; and 
- Limit the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps.

The IESO is responsible for managing the reliability Ontario's bulk electricity system and operating the wholesale electricity market. For more information, visit www.ieso.ca.