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  • OSEA: Green energy innovator awarded for going even greener
    Dan Balean OSEA member Wind Simplicity an Ontario based producer of small wind mills has just been recognized for its innovative use of recycled materials Determined to design the world s greenest wind turbine Alfred Mathieu PhD and Sharolyn Vettese the father and daughter who invented the Windancer horizontal axis wind turbine chose to make the blades out of aluminum a metal with a cradle to cradle lifecycle which can

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  • OSEA: ACTION NEEDED: Tim Hudak Vows to Eliminate FIT
    FIT Photo credit CleanBreak ca Today the day after United Nations Environmental Program executive director Achim Steiner urged Ontario to stick with it s green energy program Ontario s Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak stated that if elected he will scrap North America s best renewable energy policy and send us backpeddling to the dark ages of dirty dangerous electricity Needless to say it is disappointing to hear Mr Hudak position himself as the opponent of investors manufacturers homeowners farmers and communities who are investing in Ontario s future The impact would be catastrophic It would be a huge set back in the fight against climate change and air pollution undermine our efforts to improve our energy security throw thousands of people out of work and erase billions of dollars of new investment in our economy Who would want to invest in Ontario What will become of the thousands of people who are training on new technologies Farmers who are earning extra income Aboriginal communities and community groups finding new opportunities The Green Energy Act is our path to a cleaner more prosperous province We need your help What can you do Please comment on blogs utilize your own social media accounts and reach out through your own networks to discuss green energy issues Say what you like Use your own voice But please weigh in Here are a couple of good places to start Globe and Mail Tim Hudak Vows to Scrap Lucrative Green Energy Deals in Ontario Toronto Sun Hudak Vows to Scrap 7B Samsung Green Energy Deal CBC Ontario Tories Vow to Scrap Samsung Deal If you are on Twitter use OnPoli the place that all the political and media people monitor and if room also CleanEnergyON when tweeting folks and don t forget to follow us

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  • OSEA: WWEA highlights the importance of Community Power and publishes definition
    such prospects Community Power is increasingly being viewed as an essential framework for developing such decentralized forms of energy Empirical studies have underlined the contribution of community ownership models of wind farms Community Power to social acceptance A comparative study conducted in Germany by researchers from the University of Amsterdam reached the conclusion that the social acceptance of wind power is very high in general and even higher when community members are directly involved In light of the strategic importance of this topic WWEA decided to create a working group on Community Power On the event of the 2nd Annual Community Power Conference in Toronto Canada last autumn the working group members met to discuss the definition of Community Power The members of the working group representing all continents agreed on the importance of defining Community Power in order to give clear guidance to policymakers as well as to others involved in renewable energy and the general public They agreed on the potential of Community Power to further accelerate the deployment of wind and other renewable energy technologies It was also mentioned that Community Power can lead to a more democratic energy supply structure The WWEA Community Power working group agreed on the following definition A project can be defined as Community Power if at least two of the following three criteria are fulfilled Local stakeholders own the majority or all of a project A local individual or a group of local stakeholders whether they are farmers cooperatives independent power producers financial institutions municipalities schools etc own immediately or eventually the majority or all of a project Voting control rests with the community based organization The community based organization made up of local stakeholders has the majority of the voting rights concerning the decisions taken on the project The majority

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  • OSEA: Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario
    around the world has concluded that there is no scientific basis for claims about health impacts from wind power projects and that wind power is both technically viable and has economic and environmental benefits for Ontario There is a tremendous amount of fear mongering going on right now about wind power in Ontario said Adam Scott Green Energy Program Manager Environmental Defence This report aims to introduce some real facts into the debate so that communities can make well informed decisions about wind projects The report cites studies that show that with setbacks wind power projects make as much sound as background noise in a regular home but that whether or not this bothers people is often in the ear of the beholder those who are more bothered are those who object to the project in the first place on other grounds Those who benefit are less bothered Communities must be better integrated into the management and benefits of wind power projects said Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Ultimately community acceptance will determine whether or not Ontario remains a leader in clean energy or whether we let other jurisdictions take the investment and jobs away from us The report also debunks the arguments that wind power isn t a viable source of power for the grid Other jurisdictions like Denmark and Germany are already successfully integrating much larger amounts of wind power into their grids and are aiming to add even more Finally the report also points at job creation taking place around Ontario due to wind projects dispelling the claims that no job creation is going on The report comes on the day that John Laforet President of Wind Concerns Ontario is due to speak at the Empire Club in Toronto ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE

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  • OSEA: WattsNEXT? sustainable energy contest open to all Ontarians
    supporters conservation and renewable energy projects and a province wide Green Energy Field Day all part of the WattsNEXT contest WattsNEXT offers the chance to win exciting prizes including a complete 10 kilowatt solar system by AS Solar and cash bursaries while showcasing the power of sustainable energy across Ontario WATTS THIS CONTEST ABOUT A culture of conservation and renewable energy are building across the province promising a greener more prosperous future for all Ontarians Ontarians young and old now have the opportunity to share and learn about the power of sustainable energy building across the province through WattsNEXT www wattsnext ca Information on conservation and renewable energy initiatives big and small and videos on renewable energy projects submitted will feed the WattsNEXT database and be charted onto a real time Google map of the province and the WattsNEXT dashboard keeping count of the growing number of green projects jobs and other fun facts while giving everyone who participates a chance to win cool prizes The WattsNEXT contest culminates on September 24 when the winners of the top prizes will be announced at Ontario s Green Energy Field Day a doors open event showcasing conservation and renewable energy projects across the province The event will link up with Moving Planet a worldwide rally by 350 org on September 24 to move the planet away from fossil fuels WATTS THE POINT Ontario is a leader in North America in conservation and renewable energy Across the province windmills biogas digesters small hyrdro biomas facilities and solar panels are being installed in farmers fields in First Nations and on the roofs of homes schools churches and factories Businesses and individual Ontarians are conserving energy increasing our competitiveness creating jobs and reducing dependence on fossil fuels This success is due to the Green Energy

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  • OSEA: Photographic exhibition focuses on energy
    with OSEA Photosensitive is a not for profit collective of professional photographers which has been using the power of the picture to bring about social change for over 20 years Issues covered in previous exhibitions include homelessness AIDS child poverty and water The choice of energy as the theme of the upcoming show could not be timelier especially in Ontario where a green energy revolution is underway And with climate change the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and oil spills in the headlines never has the issue of energy been more top of mind with the public The exhibition will include black and white photos taken by 100 of Canada s best photographers The aim is to raise awareness of renewable energy initiatives such as those being developed by OSEA members as well as highlighting other related issues such as energy consumption and conservation Initiatives in wind solar geothermal biogas biofuels and hydro power have all been captured by PhotoSensitive photographers A sneak peak of a sample of the exhibition photos can be seen at www photosensitive com energy The show is scheduled to open November 14 2011 at OSEA s Community Power conference followed by two weeks at Brookfield Place formerly BCE Place opening November 29 after which it will tour the province As well as the still photos up to a dozen short films covering different aspects of energy will be part of the interactive exhibition A book and DVD will also be produced to coincide with the exhibition opening In order to ensure that every essential aspect of energy is covered an advisory committee has been formed made up of photographers and energy experts including OSEA staff and members Some OSEA members have been ased to participate and have helped with ideas and access for photos and

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  • OSEA: A Practical Point of View On Sustainable Energy
    when cold This goes some way to reduce the impact of the fewer hours of sunlight However the systems do generate most of their power during the summer It is another example of the complementary balances we find in nature The long hot days of summer that make us all want to turn on the air conditioning can also generate the electricity to power the air conditioning systems After checking the power meters twice each day for several months Jutta now comments with my knowledge now I would not have been so careful I would have gone for 100 kilowatt system and acted faster They have a larger modern building The 100 kilowatt system is being planned for its roof Ralph and Jutta are also looking at wind power and are considering letting a bigger energy supplier to install wind turbines on their land or should we say above as they will still be able to grow crops around and below them Unlike a big power station solar panels and turbines allow the land to be used for other purposes such as farming Far from taking land away from food production the turbine will help Ralph and Jutta be better equipped as farmers To become both more productive and more efficient farmers need modern equipment e g tractors which cost around 100 000 and need to be replaced every 7 10 years A wind turbine captures enough energy from the sky that with the current FIT program paying about 13 cents per kilowatt hour the rental fee from one turbine will cover a tractor s cost in 7 years It will enable Ralph and Jutta to provide food as well as power from the same Ontario land using quality equipment bought from their local dealership The large investment needed is a big deterrent for young people going into farming Since the average farmer is now approaching retirement we need to enable more young people to get started Doubling the use of the land in this way will make it easier for them to get the financing and repay their investment To avoid being at the mercy of large agribusinesses and global markets Ontario needs to sustain our now dwindling number of farms Diversifying into energy as well as food production will reduce the risks that deter new entrants Ontario s need for power is stable and can provide a stable increase to farm income Without the additional harvest of electricity for young people beginning farming is just too big a gamble Looking forwards Ralph and Jutta have two perhaps surprising hopes First they hope that in the next few years we can get past the current fractious discourse where emotions seem to carry more weight than thoughtful judgement They look forward to a day when rather than shouting at each other people can sit down and respectfully discuss what the community needs and how we can work together to meet those needs and share the benefits One suggestion they have

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  • OSEA: M'Chigeeng First Nation's ground-breaking success story
    for hydro Chief Joe decided to follow his vision M Chigeeng allocated 75 000 to assess its feasibility They also became long term members of OSEA to share knowledge with other early adopters Where are M Chigeeng now On Tuesday 21st June 2011 construction started for two 2MW turbines wholly owned by M Chigeeng a first in the First Nations They have contributed 3 million to the 12 5 million project Another 1 million has come from the Conservative Government of Canada while the Liberal Government of Ontario is providing a loan guarantee enabling M Chigeeng to borrow the remaining 8 5 million The loan will be repaid from the income received from the Ontario Power Authority at 15 cents per kilowatt hour for 20 years By next spring the turbines will be in place and ready to deliver enough electricity for a thousand homes So what has Chief Joe Hare learnt in this process He did not say so but being a pioneer has been tough The original application was ranked number seven which meant that it did not get access to the necessary grid connection since the six projects in front of them took up all the capacity Then the Green Energy Act was passed and they got another chance The OPA and Hydro One approved and M Chigeeng got their treasured contract provided they downsized from the original 10MW 5 turbine proposal to the current 4MW project to reflect the capacity constraints They had no choice but used the change to make it a 100 aboriginal community project As the recent celebrations show M Chigeeng are happy with the result Chief Joe Hare s main lessons learnt are Have a vision pursue it with a whole lot of patience and do not give up Keep people apprised share the benefits and make reducing unemployment a key objective So why did M Chigeeng keep on Three reasons Economic they need to earn a living from their lands while being respectful of Mother Earth This is demonstrated by the organization they have set up to manage the project M E R E Mother Earth Renewable Energy Inc and the fact that the benefits will be shared For example some of the revenue will be used to reduce the hydro bills on households and so reduce poverty Employment they have set up a series of training programs with the Sault College to grow the skills base in the community There are more plans to harvest the wind and M Chigeeng intend to be able to provide trained and skilled workers to help them to succeed Self reliance Chief Joe Hare is determined to show young people that when M Chigeeng set their mind to achieve something they can get it done provided they are willing to learn and to work M E R E is the largest project M Chigeeng have yet done and they are driving it themselves Are there some downsides yes of course But Chief Joe Hare

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