Media Release: Gomberg Challenges EPCOR to Invest $90 Million in Sustainability

September 5, 1998.

Gomberg Challenges EPCOR to Invest $90 Million in Sustainability.

On Saturday, September 5, 1998, at 1:30 p.m. in front of EPCOR’s Head Office in Capitol Square (10065 Jasper Avenue) mayoralty candidate Tooker Gomberg will challenge EPCOR president Don Lowry to lead the company towards sustainability, and not risk the company’s financial and environmental future. Gomberg will present a package of sustainable energy tools for Mr. Lowry.

“The proposed expansion of the Rossdale power plant is exactly the wrong thing to be doing” says Gomberg. “Today’s guest column in the Edmonton Journal underlines the urgent need to reduce the risks of climate change. You do that by investing now in energy conservation, not by burning more fossil fuel in power plants.”

Gomberg has twenty years experience researching and advocating energy conservation. As a former City Councillor Gomberg has sat through countless meetings of the Edmonton Power board, and shareholder’s meetings.

“I attended the Kyoto Summit last year where Canada committed to significantly reducing its emissions. Climate change is a pressing issue, and the public wants creative action. The $90 million the company aims to spend on expansion could be better spent on a plan for energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy. Edmonton Power has done a marvelous job upgrading their own downtown office tower. They could create jobs and save money for property owners by aggressively undertaking similar retrofits to other downtown buildings.”