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  • OSEA: Ontario Sustainable Energy Association calls on Ontario voters to support new jobs for the future
    Ontario the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA today unveiled a pair of television advertisements profiling the strengths and benefits of an Ontario made green energy economy Kristopher Stevens OSEA s Executive Director observed The ads were produced in response to calls from our membership They are proud of the positive aspects of the green energy economy in Ontario He went on to say Ontarians agree with us green energy is not dirty green energy generating equipment is being built in Ontario and more jobs are being created in cities and rural areas Stevens stated The ads tell the stories that I hear every day about the excitement growing around this industry of the future People are becoming aware of how the Green Energy and Economy Act has kick started job creation in Ontario City roofs covered with solar panels wind turbine parts manufactured in former automotive plants farmers managing waste and generating energy with bio digesters and new water power plants all mean more jobs Steven s concluded We would never tell Ontarians how to vote but they need to know there are choices We are asking voters to consider the future of green energy in Ontario on Election Day The ads will run from September 16th until October 4th and can be viewed at http go ontario sea org oseatvspots For more information contact Don Huff at Environmental Communication Options 416 972 7401 or by email at huffd ecostrategy ca The ad was shot on location in eastern Ontario Tweed Queensborough Seeley s Bay Kingston It features renewable energy project owners area residents and Queen s University students The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is a non profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling the people of Ontario to improve the environment the economy and their health by producing clean

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  • OSEA: Green Energy Field Day Rewind
    money and creates jobs where we need them here and now We at OSEA played our part including awarding the winners of the WattsNEXT green energy video contest in which Ontarians show how sustainable energy and conservation are transforming their communities making them healthier and more prosperous places to live Winning videos were determined by which had the most online views The prize winners and their videos can be seen at http wattsnext ca video The Queen s Park event was part of OSEA s Green Energy Field Day a province wide doors open event Events included visiting an earth sheltered house near Tamworth with two solar installations that have produced enough electricity to power 360 houses and saved the carbon equivalent of burning 192 trees since June In Hamilton EcoHouse showed 75 people their new solar photovoltaic system as well as the many other energy saving improvements they have made to the 160 year old building A pre Confederation stone farmhouse once known as Glen Manor EcoHouse serves to demonstrate environmental technologies from the past present and future It shows that it is possible to live in a sustainable manner in harmony with our environment On Wolfe Island kids flew kites and painted a turbine while adults went for a drive in a hybrid It was a diesel electric hybrid boat with solar cells capturing no carbon power supplied by the sun Sponsored by The New Energy Project an initiative spearheaded by the local governments in the Kingston Frontenac and Lennox Addington Area St Lawrence College Queen s University and Private Companies the event also included a trade show linking local businesses with new energy local food and local community initiatives Another close to the Earth view of sustainable energy was provided by the Callaghan family whose farm includes

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  • OSEA: With Wind, We All Win!
    part of the new energy conversation Since June Friends of Wind Ontario has organized a series of events across southern Ontario Many people have attended meetings in Clinton Chatham and London to hear speakers from the science business utility legal and government sector local community members and farmers These events have been organized to give communities the chance to learn about the facts and benefits about renewable energy and wind development www friendsofwind ca The positive feedback that we receive on a daily basis speaks for it self Our public events positively influence public perception of wind power through fact based and non confrontational discussions It is a signal of hope People across Canada want to invest in renewable energy and are welcoming diversification of energy generation Ontario is joining a global movement that is seeing utilities and governments recognize that wind energy is a smart choice for both electricity systems and electricity customers The barrier to support the Green Energy Act seems to be a closed mind set Compared to other sources wind energy is an environmental winner It is emission free consumes no water produces no waste and is 100 percent renewable Local communities benefit from the taxes and other revenues paid by wind developers The total for 2010 was about 350 000 for the existing turbines in Kincardine Building permits property taxes community improvement projects and other spin off benefits have a real and lasting impact on the community Wind has been a source of electricity in Europe for decades One example illustrates the hundreds of others There is a small community of 160 citizens at the North Sea in northern Germany Last June at the University of Guelph I met the farmer and founder of the first community owned wind park and learned that people have

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  • OSEA: The Green Connection: This fall's premier local green networking event
    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 News Updates The Green Connection This fall s premier local green networking event Enjoy mouth watering canapés and hors d oeuvres and unlimited tastings of an intriguing variety of exclusively Ontario beer wine meade cider port juices and smoothies with some of the Province s most interesting entrepreneurs sustainability advocates and personalities in the green space All this brought to you by celebrity chefs such as Brad Long and Michael Steh Ontario s first biodynamic vineyard Southbrook and of course Steam Whistle beers Top that with award winning and beautifully crafted Ninutik Maple Sugar creations Chocosol s unforgettable drinking chocolate created with indigenous cacao growers from Mexico Profundo There will be entertainment and a raffle with some amazing prizes Spectacular décor using some of the finest kites from Toronto s largest kite festival WindFest Tickets 95 00 Where The historic Roundhouse home of Steam Whistle Brewery behind CN Tower When Monday November 14th 6 30pm 9 30pm Presented by Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA

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  • OSEA: Ontario's green energy future to be focus of third annual Community Power Conference
    ATTEND Community and Commercial developers Lenders and investors Community Leaders and Delegates Economic Development Officers Chief Administrative Officers Mayors School Board Representatives Union Representatives Small Medium Size Business Owners Manufacturers Farmers First Nations and Métis Students WHEN November 14th and 15th 2011 WHERE Metro Toronto Convention Centre Level 800 Hall G Room 803 222 Bremner Blvd Toronto ON The green energy sector in Ontario has been threatened by uncertainty in recent months due to the provincial election and the highly anticipated Feed in Tariff FIT review Developers manufactures government and investors are concerned about what may happen to the industry their projects and businesses Residents and communities are concerned whether clean air and water newfound well paying jobs local project ownership and hope will be yanked from underneath them Ontario s green energy sector is entering its next phase and it is yet unknown what this new chapter will look like and how industry participants and communities will operate in the new climate Join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association for its third annual conference to hear about and discuss the FIT review Green Energy Ontario 2 0 and practical training on how to drive community led and community commercial project

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  • OSEA: Getting it Right – Not Quite – Ontario’s Green Energy Act
    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 News Updates Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act Ontario s Green Energy and Green Economy Act has by almost any measure of performance applications investment jobs industrial development been a great success but so far few feed in tariff contracts are in commercial operation What was right and what has gone wrong OSEA board member Marion Fraser answers this question in her paper Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act Fraser explores the gap between policy and implementation with an examination of how politics frustrates policy how public sector organizations can impair public policy and how self interest trumps the greater good Read the full paper below Last Updated Thursday November 17 2011 at 3 20 48 PM Related Downloadable Files Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act 1 497 043 bytes Marion Fraser President Fraser Company In 2009 Ontario passed its Green Energy and Green Economy Act This paper explores the gap between policy and implementation

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  • OSEA: Community Power Awards given out, Minister of Energy delivers keynote
    were presented on Monday November 14th during the Green Connection banquet and awards ceremony The award winners are individuals who have made significant contributions to the Community Power movement in Ontario and globally The award presentation followed a keynote speech by Chris Bentley Ontario s Minister of Energy The awards were presented by Kristopher Stevens the Executive Director of OSEA The 2011 award winners are Community Power Leader Award winner

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  • OSEA: Watch Paul McKay's keynote from Community Power 2011
    ones willing to finance and build power plants on a contractual pay for performance basis They borrow the money on real world bank terms and conditions They take all the risk including paying the full shot for project insurance They don t get paid an extra cent if their project has cost overruns selects the wrong contractor turbine or solar panel has bad management requires unplanned repairs or can t put juice into the grid for any reason If they don t deliver power as promised they don t get paid Period By contrast building new nuclear plants will leave the public 100 liable for borrowing 26 billion or more and for paying all future interest costs construction delays and cost overruns all lifetime repair bills any sub par performance during the next 30 years for all reactor de commissioning costs and for safely securing nuclear wastes for centuries So just in the nick of time the green feed in tariff represents a radical shift of risks and costs away from the public and the current provincial balance sheet to those who build the green power plants whether they are 10 kilowatts or 10 or 100 megawatts It is also enables 21 st Century entrepreneurship technology innovation transparency and social inclusion Second this is one of the few sectors creating manufacturing jobs in Ontario and countering the flight of capital and jobs to Asia These new green jobs are opening up just as youth employment is at an all time high and green tech training courses at community colleges are fully subscribed At St Lawrence College in Kingston for example enrolment is escalating graduates are getting hired immediately and large rooftop solar FIT projects are being built on two campuses which will earn long term revenues for the college These pending careers will support other jobs dependent on consumer spending and generate taxes to help pay escalating health care costs This is not proof of command and control planning or governments meddling in the markets or picking corporate winners and losers That was the case with the failed U S company Solyndra which got paid before it performed And that is the case with nuclear plants the public pays tens of billions in capital construction costs before they can power up a single toaster But the FIT model is inherently conservative in the best sense because the basic rule is If you don t deliver the juice the public pays nothing Now this may gob smack the pundits over at the Financial Post but the FIT program is actually evidence of a government retreating from a sector it has dominated and subsidised for a century while crafting rules and realistic pricing mechanisms which allow private co operative individual municipal and First Nation entrepreneurship to flourish Minister I am certain the global advent of green power is as inevitable as the Internet vaulting the Great Wall of China or the take up of cell phones in the poorest areas of Africa Asia and Latin America Only a decade ago these were unthinkable or available and affordable for only a few But their functionality and low costs driven by mass production changed all that Despite an often despotic government digital democracy in China is now unstoppable And farmers in rural Kenya or street stall vendors in Jakarta often have better cheaper cell phone service than we do in rural Ontario Thrillingly the same dynamic is now at play with green power technologies World wide investments are on a steep incline The price per watt for solar panels has decreased 70 per cent since 2008 and wind costs per watt have fallen 20 per cent due to design innovation better production processes and lower material usage and cost Just as smart phones served as the spark for countless ingenious ways to revolutionize social networks and business and even for actual revolutions as with the recent Arab Spring uprisings the green power sector is underpinning the development of complementary smart grid power storage and inter active grid transfer technologies Here efficiency economics and scale are imminent key drivers Consider this startling fact Grid charged electric engines can get people from point A to point B at one fifth the fuel cost of gas engines A new EV can go 24 000 kilometres for less than 500 on grid charged power in Canada It costs 2 100 to go the same distance in a comparably sized gas vehicle That 1 600 fuel saving can be used to entirely pay off a typical annual household power bill This is one example of the efficiency dividend But there is even better news There are already more than 200 million vehicles in North America which collectively hold 30 times more power in their batteries than the combined peak power output of the continent s power plants These vehicles are idle on average 80 per cent of each day So here s what s coming The 20 th Century grid model which saw electrons flow only one way from giant expensive and often dangerous power plants will be replaced by an interactive two way electron flow which reacts in milli seconds to regional demand and supply choices Much of the power will be charged in millions of high density vehicle batteries at night then dispensed daily via plug in outlets as they sit idle in garages workplace parking lots car dealerships airport rental compounds and shopping malls These batteries will likely be leased with change outs scheduled like regular car maintenance They will have smart chips and will act just like bank ATM machines depositing and withdrawing electrons instead of cash Citizens will get a statement at the end of the month calculating their net electron balance and the costs for charging and selling based on off peak and on peak rates People will be their own mobile utility This imminent game changing combination of economics and scale explains why billions in smart investment capital around the world is

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