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  • OSEA: OSEA welcomes FIT Review decision
    all are cheaper than rebuilding Darlington nuclear facilities i A portfolio of sustainable energy options including conservation FIT procured renewables combined heat and power CHP and potentially water power imports from Quebec represents a real bargain both environmentally and economically The two year review and revitalization of the FIT program has always been in the cards It shouldn t be delayed it is time for Ontarians to move forward and seize the opportunity Mr Stevens can address questions such as How can renewables contribute to making our electricity grid more distributed scalable agile reliable and smart How can we get the biggest bang for our electricity buck as we invest in the future of Ontario How can we maximize local control and benefits and address legitimate local concerns about development in their back yards How can OSEA s Community Power tools and resources help accelerate community and First Nations participation under the FIT How can a portfolio of sustainable energy mitigate high costs associated with other alternatives like nuclear Are there really new manufacturing and development jobs in solar wind water power and bio energy How can we mitigate the cost of electricity bills for homeowners businesses and industry with the new generation of nuclear plants costing much more than the supply we are replacing Background How and Why Renewable Energy is critical to affordable energy Contrary to rhetoric espoused by some a portfolio of sustainable energy conservation CHP water power imports and FIT procured renewables is the cheapest option as we rebuild and reinvest in our long neglected electricity grid and replace our retiring coal and nuclear For electricity buying Ontarians more important than the FIT review is challenging the assumption that an expensive rebuild of our nuclear plants is necessary In just over two years Ontario s FIT

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  • OSEA: OSEA supports Province's new FIT recommendations
    pleased the Government listened to OSEA OSEA believes the enhanced role of municipalities combined with the changes that ease community and First Nations participation will fortify Ontario s growing green economy These improvements are important steps toward maximizing local benefits creating jobs and addressing legitimate local concerns OSEA is excited that more Ontario communities including aboriginal ones are now better positioned to develop community based renewable energy projects stated Harry French Director of OSEA s Community Power Services Group French went on to say OSEA is ready to help by deploying the community engagement tools we have already developed We expect they will be in high demand with communities now a priority Today s changes also mean OSEA looks forward to helping commercial developers better understand and deploy engagement and partnership best practices that enhance community benefits Mr Stevens continued Shifting the contracting and the Renewable Energy Approvals process oversight to the Cabinet Office responds to a previous weakness We trust this highlights the priority the Government is placing on renewable energy development and the priority it places on an orderly process and enhanced cross Ministry coordination OSEA is very excited about the new emphasis on energy storage and investment in smartening up Ontario s grid This represents a tremendous opportunity for Ontario inventors entrepreneurs and manufacturers The successful convergence and coordination of telecommunications electricity thermal energy natural gas and water to best meet Ontario s future energy needs represents billions of dollars in business opportunities across global markets In conclusion OSEA welcomes and applauds this important recharging of the Ontario FIT program OSEA is ready to begin work with all Ontarians to ensure everyone will share in the success of a green energy future For more information or to schedule interviews contact Don Huff Environmental Communication Options at 416

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  • OSEA: Use OSEA's recommendations for your submission to draft FIT 2.0 rules
    is the deadline to submit your feedback to the Ontario Power Authority on the draft FIT 2 0 rules contract and definitions We need you your family and colleagues to get your input in to the Ontario Power Authority to ensure that they have your great ideas on how to improve the program Haven t had time to go through everything yet No problem Based on our members input we have drafted OSEA s Priority recommendations Secondary recommendations Black lined edits in support of the priority recommendations already inserted into the OPA reporting form for easy copy and pasting You can download the full document here OSEA Submission on the Draft FIT 2 0 Rules We have created a summary slide deck of the Priority recommendations which can be downloaded here 7 things to make FIT 2 0 a success Minister of Energy and OPA briefing notes We have also left the Appendix containing the black lined recommendations in word format using the OPA s form for easier editing here Download the Priority recommendations The Appendix provides the black lined specific edits to the rules that OSEA is recommending in support of the Primary Recommendations You will need to cut and paste the comments into your own form which is available at http fit powerauthority on ca comments welcome draft fit program rules and contract for the FIT and http microfit powerauthority on ca results microfit program review now available for the MicroFIT programs respectively Once you have completed your note and the accompanying form s for the FIT and or Micro FIT please email your submission to to the Ontario Power Authority at FITsubmissions powerauthority on ca and CC Minister Chris Bentley at christopher bentley ontario ca and us at info ontario sea org using your personal email and

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  • OSEA: OSEA's Municipal Green Energy Resources
    as a jump off point to help municipalities get honest information about their powers and responsibilities when it comes to renewable energy development Municipalities are key partners in helping Ontario become a clean energy leader The municipal role in renewable energy development can include participating as a developer encouraging projects for economic development purposes establishing renewable energy policies and targets providing comments and input on project design via the consultation

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  • OSEA: Market Renewable Energy like a Business Product
    fuel stocks or the laws of thermodynamics Canada needs to use less risky and more abundant flows of renewable energy RE to drive its economy Non renewable energy such as coal and oil is by very definition limited and risky for global economies For instance oil prices spiked by 35 in 2011 Q1 and reverberated throughout international industries RE especially in transportation heating and electricity generation is less vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and global oil price volatility China already recognises the economic value of RE According to Bloomberg China plans to invest 738 billion in RE in the next decade and now ranks first on Ernst Young s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices Business leaders should take note RE s economic importance is growing quickly and should not be neglected A sensible economic strategy involves migrating to an integrated system underpinned by RE and energy efficiency Such a strategy stimulates strong industrial development while also hedging against economic risks especially in the likely event of carbon pricing Lastly RE s employment benefits e g 340 000 RE jobs in Germany make it more politically amenable to politicians and their constituents Given the unavoidable expiration date of our current paradigm RE is the only option for the medium and long term Canada needs to plan for and actively invest in its manufacturing and human resources capacity for the future RE system In doing so Canada can strategically position itself as a global exporter of future oriented services and equipment including but not limited to RE Renewable Energy as a Strategic Business Issue It is important to start with one principle in international business sell or get sold to Businesses that recognise emerging strategic issues sell and thrive For instance businesses in the mid 1800s stopped selling whale oil not because of a sudden whale shortage the demand shifted towards kerosene and slow movers perished Businesses invest blindly in sunset industries effectively digging a grave of evaporating markets and strategic obsolescence Forward thinking businesses already recognise the risks and competitive dis advantages that exist in a carbon constrained world Multinational businesses e g Google GE Berkshire national businesses e g Canadian Tire MEC and smaller start ups are now investing heavily in RE initiatives Others have incorporated RE into business operations R D and procurement Strategic decisions extend well beyond today The debate is about tomorrow s returns tomorrow s market share and tomorrow s risks Investing in RE is a proactive strategy for many businesses to hedge against escalating energy costs and create a competitive advantage Let s avoid the doom and gloom messaging and focus on RE as a constructive and engaging solution for businesses Financing the Renewable Energy Future Innovative financing options have been designed for businesses and individuals interested in RE Financing models such as community bonds PACE OBF and green bonds can create accessible stable and attractive RE investments More importantly such investments provide everyday businesses and individuals with salient financial benefits while simultaneously contributing to

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  • OSEA: Whitchurch-Stouffville Residents Putting the 'Community' in 'Community Power'
    crowd some coming down to Stouffville from surrounding towns and villages WSCEC had its genesis in March 2011 when Harry French a Director at the Ontario Sustainable Association who also happens to be a Stouffville resident presented the idea of a community owned renewable energy project to the Town Council An offer to participate in this renewable energy scheme was published by the local newspaper Stouffville Tribune shortly afterwards which resulted in the forming of an initial steering committee of 10 local residents These individuals varied in their professional backgrounds and brought different skills to the table including financial technical and marketing expertise In fact 4 of these individuals already had solar panels installed on their residential roofs Some of the WSCEC Team Members As their initial project WSCEC is planning to install a 250kW rooftop solar system on the roof the Clippers Sports Complex in Stouffville This way our renewable energy project will have high visibility and help us with our mission to educate the public around the benefits of renewable energy said Harry French President of WSCEC during the public meeting Audrey O Handley the Director of the co op added Children and youth who attend the sports complex will also be exposed to our solar system on a daily basis this brings tremendous educational benefits Clippers Sports Complex Stouffville What excites and motivates WSCEC members the most is undertaking this project in a community manner Renewable energy is a booming industry and especially with the existence of feed in tariffs is a very viable investment to make Private developers are all over these projects But what we are looking to do here is to do this as a community so that we can make those economic benefits trickle down to local communities and show what the power of people can achieve said Audrey O Handley to a crowd curious about the current state of the renewable energy sector in Ontario and beyond In line with their community based approach they decided that the co operative ownership structure was the most appropriate model This way they could build on the power of the local community while also encouraging further community building Thomas Schmidt WSCEC s Vice President explained how besides making decisions regarding the co operative s operations democratic processes among members will also be used to benefit the wider community On top of providing them a good return on their investment WSCEC will also allow its members to democratically decide how the surplus dollars will be spent These funds may go towards supporting another local organization or funding a new renewable energy project it is up to the members to make that decision The group applied for a Community Energy Partnerships Program CEPP grant and subsequently received 66 000 to conduct feasibility studies last October Officially incorporated in December 2011 WSCEC is now looking to recruit 40 Founders Club members to invest 1 000 each in order to raise the necessary amount to qualify for the next

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  • OSEA: Ontario's First 100% First Nations Project Opens on Manitoulin Island
    David Suzuki community leaders government officials and community energy experts offered words of congratulations and praise to the close to 500 attendees View more photos on Facebook The project is one of 16 important new renewable energy projects currently being built by Ontario First Nations communities made possible by Ontario s Green Energy and Economy Act a policy which includes an Aboriginal Loan Guarantee program and other tools to assist First Nations and Metis who want to develop or partner on renewable energy projects The MERE wind project grand opening is an important step for M Chigeeng First Nation and an exciting example of sustainable economic opportunity for Aboriginal communities in Canada and around the world Real community benefit through hard work and community investment The M Chigeeng Mother Earth Renewable Energy MERE project uses two 2MW Enercon turbines which are expected to generate 300 000 a year net for the first 14 years while loans are being repaid and 1 2 million a year for the remaining 6 years The community tapped into their own financial resources utilized the provinces Aboriginal Loan guarantee program and other enabling mechanisms invested significant sweat equity and worked closely with its suppliers services providers the government and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association to make the project happen No subsidies just a fair price for power The M Chigeeng Mother Earth Renewable Energy MERE project s windmills do not receive any subsidies and only receive payment for power produced under the Feed in tariff program based on a fair fixed long term contract The price paid is based on a cost plus a reasonable return on investment model that is fixed for contracted projects and reviewed every two years for new projects Feed in tariffs allow broader participation and create long term predictability and

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  • OSEA: WWindEA.org - WWEC2008 Community Power: Conference Resolution
    Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates WWindEA org WWEC2008 Community Power Conference Resolution The World Wind Energy Association WWEA in association with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA and the St Lawrence College acknowledges and welcomes the presence of those 800 participants attending this Conference from wind and associated renewable energy technologies and especially from many community

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