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  • OSEA: Gunn's Hill Wind Farm - Renewable Energy Approval - Appeal Dismissed
    LP is pleased to receive the Environmental Review Tribunal s decision in case 15 028 to unconditionally dismiss the appeal of the Renewable Energy Approval issued for the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm The decision is clear and is in line with the result anticipated by the limited partnership between the Oxford Community Energy Co op Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp and Prowind Canada Inc We welcome this unconditional dismissal of the appeal of our Renewable Energy Approval The project is proceeding with construction and will deliver benefits to over 140 co op investors the Six Nations community to all Ontarians by providing clean energy equivalent to what is used by over 6000 homes and by offering 500 000 to local community initiatives over the life of the project say Juan Anderson President of Gunn s Hill LP Juan Anderson adds We look forward to being a part of this community during project construction and operation making a significant contribution to the County s goal of being 100 renewable and receiving local input on the allocation of community benefit funding Access road construction is underway at the site and turbine construction will commence in May 2016 The project is expected to start generating clean renewable energy in august 2016 About Gunn s Hill Wind Farm Gunn s Hill Wind Farm is an 18 MW wind project located in the Township of Norwich The project consists of 10 Senvion MM92 turbines and will be the first co operatively owned wind farm in Ontario About Gunn s Hill LP and Prowind Gunn s Hill LP is a partnership formed between Prowind Canada Inc Oxford Community Energy Co op and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp to own and operate the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm The Prowind

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile - Meet Graham Seaman
    zero energy water waste and emissions by 2050 Energy Conservation The increasing cost of electricity is hitting the City and residents of Markham pretty hard Utilities are among the City of Markham s their top five cost centres Thanks to funding from the Independent Electricity System Operator IESO and PowerStream the City of Markham has been able to hire an Embedded Energy Manager whose responsibility it is to develop and implement energy conservation and demand management projects to ideally contain rate increases for City facilities One of the most successful initiatives undertaken to date by this manager has been supporting the retrofitting of 12 500 streetlights This project is just finishing up and the City can already see results in energy savings Many of Markham s arenas have LED lighting now as well And while the arena operators love the new LEDs for the quick start up arena users enjoy the improved light quality and the municipality enjoys the two to three year payback on the investment Renewable Energy The City of Markham already has 1 4MW of rooftop solar installed which is probably the largest municipally owned porfolio in Ontario The plan is to further grow this rooftop solar capacity to over 2MW While the Markham PanAm Centre will have 450kW installed by the end of the year the City is also re applying for 300kW on the South East Community Centre and Library that is currently under construction Markham Council has also provided Municipal FIT Support to more than 20MW of rooftop solar projects in the community Local Distribution Company LDC Consolidation PowerStream the local distribution company that Markham owns together with Vaughan and Barrie is contemplating a merger with Horzion and Enersource as well as the acquisition of HydroOne Brampton from the Province Graham is on the staff team evaluating this transaction for Markham If approved it could be a watershed moment for LDC consolidation The reductions for ratepayers are meaningful as are the projected improved dividends for the shareholders if consolidation synergies are acheived PowerStream and PowerStream Solar have been on the leading edge of smart grid research and successfully developing a large portfolio of solar systems in the pursuit of becoming the utility of the future so that the larger company could lower barriers for their customers to get involved with sustainable energy Graham sees the potential of growth for sustainable energy sector in Ontario in the next 5 years in the following four areas Municipal Energy Planning The province of Ontario seems genuinely interested in having local community engagement in energy Graham expects to see these programs to continue growing and for most if not all local governments to get involved The challenge will be developing the skills and capacity of municipal staff so that they are able to participate in these programs Energy Conservation The new Conservation Framework for LDC s targets 7 TWh of conservation by 2020 This is very significant and will require the continuation of the current programs but also

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile: Meet Joe Mulhall
    to be sustainable and tied to the environment This was and continues to be the main driver for sustainable energy development in Ontario today The path to a sustainable energy solution has not been a straight line however There have been very clear milestones such as the elimination of coal as a fuel for generating electricity and the passing of the Green Energy and Economy Act There is no doubt that the message from Rio was the right message but getting there is not easy work he added Our society has a tendency to believe that the past is a window into the future and so we hold on to the status quo From a change management point of view we have a great opportunity to move the sustainable energy agenda forward right now due to some specific timing issues Joe observed There is increased public recognition as well as growing political acceptance that the aging energy infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and or replaced The discussion and debate on what these new energy systems will look like is taking place right now today Decisions will have to be made on how to make these investments and there is pressure from all sides as the individual proponents make the case on what they believe these solutions should be We have solid ground to work with The technology is now available to offer solutions Distributed generation smart grid electrical interfacing for transportation and grid impact neutral buildings are all very real options On the conservation side we have integrated building technologies consumer protection legislation and more access to Municipalities for direct involvement in building solutions This is our moment and we need to step up and provide the policy makers with the solutions that will support the path to sustainability When asked where he sees the sustainable energy sector in Ontario in the next 5 years Joe said The next 5 years will be turbulent for all of the participants in the energy sector not just in the sustainable energy arena It is difficult to know what the political and economic drivers will be in the short term It has become politically expedient all across Canada to run election campaigns on the platform that smaller government equals less taxes Taxpayers and Ratepayers will continue to oppose higher rates for energy use even if the money is being spent on environmental and economic conservation This will continue to be the case until we can connect investment with prosperity and defeat the idea that spending equals waste Most people in Ontario have the sense that sustainable development is the right solution There has been a continuous thread since the days of Maurice Strong From my vantage point I can see that we will continue to see more emphasis on the principles of clean technology and sustainable energy and we will continue to see the shift in direction commented Joe Going back to the roots planted by Ontario Hydro in 1992 even OPGI is

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  • OSEA: CanGEA Chairwoman Running for MP in Federal Election
    Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates OSEA Member News News Updates OSEA Member News CanGEA Chairwoman Running for MP in Federal Election Since CanGEA s inception in 2007 Alison Thompson has worked tirelessly to steward the industry association into an influential organization that creates business opportunities for geothermal stakeholders Despite many hurdles over the past eight years Alison has led the CanGEA team to countless successes through far ranging policy work and outreach initiatives These efforts are contributing to diversifying the Canadian economy and improving the environment As well as supporting First Nations and small businesses Alison has also mentored over a dozen youth by providing experience in the workforce and fostering their careers Alison will be putting her money where her mouth is for her most recent endeavour as she runs as a federal Member of Parliament candidate for a progressive party in the Foothills riding She invites supporters of economic diversification to donate and volunteer their time towards a campaign underpinned by the intersection of the Environment and the Economy If you are interested in becoming more involved with the geothermal industry

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  • OSEA: PanAm and The Carpenters Union
    Union As The Pan Am and Parapan Games come to a close expect coverage and columns about what the Games meant to this city from a business economic and tourism perspective Over the past seven weeks nearly 7 000 world class athletes from North and South America and the Caribbean arrived in Toronto to compete in 41 events The games united the city as Torontonians travelled to venues all across the Greater Toronto Area to watch and cheer on athletes We are proud of the contributions that you our community has made to create the beautiful venues and accomodations that housed the games and its athletes Today we want to recognize our friend and proud IIDEX15 sponsor Carpenter s Union Local 27 for all their many contributions to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games They donated not only the time and skill of 15 of their journey persons and apprentices to construct all 157 podiums but also all of the materials needed to build the podiums ramps and related signs Piddi Design a Carpenter s Union contractor built all of the ramps for the Para Pan Games The podiums were our way of giving back to the Pan

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile: Christine Koenig
    Ingo three kids and pet Labradoodle Curly Whenever possible she enjoys Canada s amazing nature and goes canoeing skiing and hiking with her family Christine Koenig s thoughts on the sector OSS is devoted to the development of the community power sector which I believe has the greatest potential to deliver on all the benefits that renewable energy promises i e distributed democratic ownership and control and direct benefits to communities and consumers Community power will integrate flexibility reliability and sustainability Yet presently I don t see a real driving force in the development of the renewable sector The government is handing out only crumbs of grid capacity to renewable energy generation The current larger projects are rather pushed into the market by OEM s and developers than being the result of a real pull by consumers the commercial sector or the industry One can look at it as either the result of the lack of incentives or a lack of mandatory requirements and regulations Strikingly the industry and municipalities are actually asking the government to introduce mandatory measures In their own words they are saying Make us do it We are also lacking a real consumer driven demand for more renewable energy as can be seen in more mature sustainable energy markets This demand can be stimulated by two ways in general We could increase the price for electricity to match the actual costs of generation and distribution and stop subsidizing the inefficiencies of an industrial sector that falls behind the leading countries in productivity There is a clear relationship between the price of energy and per capita consumption The lower the price the smaller the incentive to save energy and the higher the per capita consumption We could also send the nuclear power industry into retirement Rather than investing into the refurbishment of aging reactors to provide this dinosaur with life support we should invest into future technologies and into developing sustainable and more flexible solutions to fill the gap from their non refurbishment Should our government ever free itself from the nuclear baseload mantra the nuclear lobbyists are preaching they could make a bold statement in this direction A long term energy plan that reduces nuclear refurbishment to a meaningful minimum would be the number 1 driver of investment innovation and growth of the renewable energy industry in Ontario and would provide this fine province with a real competitive advantage Ontario s sustainable energy sector in the next 5 years If we don t decide to significantly cut nuclear energy generation the industry will stagnate over the coming years There won t be enough capacity available for renewable energy in the grid Much needed efficiency and conservation measures will need to be put in place to help reduce demand This means that we cannot rely on higher demand for renewable energy to accelerate growth Prices for solar biogas and wind hardware will not come down as fast as we all hope Grid parity the number one force

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  • OSEA: OSEA Membership Bundles: Making your $$$ Count
    Releases Related News Events OSEA Events Past Events Powering Prosperity Awards Publications Research Training Education Ontario Sustainability Services Webinars Resources Resource Library Community Power Community Power Publications Energy Policy Economics Guidebooks and Tools Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates OSEA Member News News Updates OSEA Member News OSEA Membership Bundles Making your Count a

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  • OSEA: White Pines Wind Project Given the Go-Ahead
    Edward County received word from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change MOECC that the REA application for the project has been approved Our application was submitted to the MOECC in September 2012 and we are confident it has undergone a comprehensive review said wpd spokesperson Kevin Surette MOECC has issued an approval for 27 of the 29 turbines applied for Once constructed White Pines will feed an estimated 159 212 000 kWh annually into the local electricity grid equivalent to the average annual power usage of 9 097 homes Wind is a clean source of energy that will not be depleted and does not discharge harmful emissions into the atmosphere Electricity generated by wind projects such as the White Pines Wind Farm has the ability to provide stability to electricity prices The fuel input wind is free and is not subject to speculation market fluctuations or political instability Research conducted in 2013 by an independent grid operator in the United States PJM showed that obtaining 20 of its electricity supply from wind reduced its costs by 25 We re pleased the Ministry has approved White Pines continued Surette We re hopeful we can begin construction this fall or next

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