strome copyThe Hamlet of Strome cracked the Top 5 in Fortis Alberta’s 2017 Earth Hour Challenge, finishing fourth with a 9% reduction in power consumption.

It’s a strong showing for the community of just over 200 residents. Unfortunately, only the Top 3 receive grants.

The Village of Longview, Village of Barons and Town of Mayerthorpe finished first, second and third to earn $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, from Fortis.

The grants are designed to enable municipalities to create or enhance energy efficiencies in their communities.

In all, 29 municipalities were entered in the challenge. Hardisty, the only other municipality from the Flagstaff Region, finished 29th.

Residents in all 29 communities were asked to unplug and power down on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To determine the final results, Fortis Alberta measured each community’s energy savings in comparison to the same time the previous week.

The initiative was aimed at bringing public awareness to energy consumption.

Fortis Alberta Earth Hour Challenge Results:

1) Village of Longview

2) Village of Barons

3) Town of Mayerthorpe

4) Hamlet of Strome

5) Village of Alberta Beach

6) Town of Lamont

7) City of Chestermere

8) City of Spruce Grove

9) Town of Didsbury

10) Village of Edgerton

11) Town of Irricana

12) Town of Black Diamond

13) City of Brooks

14) City of Leduc

15) Village of Foremost

16) Town of Athabasca

17) City of Wetaskiwin

18) Town of Carstairs

19) Town of Millet

20) Town of Coaldale

21) Town of Okotoks

22) Town of Morinville

23) Town of Pincher Creek

24) Town of Calmar

25) Village of Clyde

26) Town of Devon

27) Town of Bon Accord

28) Municipality of Crowsnest Pass

29) Town of Hardisty