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  • OSEA: OSEA Raises Funds to Run Ad Campaign in Support of Sustainable Energy in the Provincial Election
    to cancel the Green Energy Act and the FIT programs initiatives that have attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 new manufacturing trades and high tech jobs during a global economic crisis All parties should be competing to build on our successes modernizing our antiquated system not threatening to scare away investors sell off public assets close green energy manufacturers eliminate jobs and take away local economic benefit from champion communities who have chosen to become hosts partners proponents and enablers of sustainable energy Communities like Welland Pic River Brant County Toronto M Chigeeng Guelph Kingston Sault Ste Marie Markham London and Kapuskasing and my hometown of Pembroke to name a few In the remaining days leading up to the election we are hosting several regional meet the candidates events and are planning to run an advertising campaign calling on voters to make a choice for a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector It is all about good jobs resilient communities and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by a portfolio of firm flexible distributed sustainable energy We need your support visit campaign 41 champions see list below stepped up and raised 9 325 on and off line enabling us to buy airtime for our sustainable energy support ad on Sun TV during their showing of Downwind and radio spots in the areas Kitchener Waterloo Kingston and Ottawa In addition to that the Niagara Energy Alliance is running two supportive radio ads in the Niagara region The Indiegogo campaign is now closed but if you would like us to run the ad in another region please contact Nicole at 416 977 4441 x3 With additional funding we will be able to increase our coverage but airtime is selling out fast so don

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  • OSEA: Rod slams an act. Find out which one
    it promised Fremlin said Fremlin said only 10 000 jobs were created in the energy sector as opposed to the 50 000 that were projected by the Liberals saying many of those jobs were temporary jobs involved in the construction of projects such as wind and solar farms High energy prices are driving manufacturers to lower cost jurisdictions Fremlin said adding the Progressive Conservatives would get those rates under control David Orazietti incumbent Liberal MPP said the green energy sector was one that barely existed when the Liberals first came to power in 2003 and estimated 42 000 jobs have been created through Liberal development of the sector Orazietti said green energy is a job creator and job retainer for the Sault saying that steel used in the construction of a wind farm near Windsor was manufactured at Essar Steel Algoma Orazietti defended the Green Energy Act as a responsible shift away from coal fired energy saying coal fired energy cost Ontario s healthcare system 4 4 billion a year for the treatment of respiratory illnesses Celia Ross NDP candidate said she is a personal supporter of solar power in particular but that not everyone can afford to install solar panels on their roofs We need to assist people with retrofit grants and loans those people need help and must be encouraged to take part in this energy revolution Ross said adding that developers need to be encouraged with incentives to build energy efficient buildings High energy costs must be brought down to make sure manufacturing jobs are not lost Ross said The NDP believes power should be bought from Quebec and we should not sell power to the United States for half of what it cost us to produce it Kara Flannigan Green Party candidate was clearly the most

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  • OSEA: Niagara This Week: Candidates weigh in on energy issues
    of the Liberal Party and its commitment to looking at renewable energy and conservation as they phase out of coal power We re saving the province approximately 4 4 billion a year in avoided health care and environmental costs and about 700 premature deaths we see it as a common sense mix said Bradley noting the province s green energy strategy has attracted 24 billion in investment creating more than 42 000 jobs and allowing Niagara to grow as a green hub We intend to allocate for renewables and provide incentives financially otherwise to assist Siscoe said he is in favour of green energy but admitted it s much more complex of an issue than supporting the sector Green energy needs to be affordable It shouldn t be subsidized to the tune of 46 billion through corporate welfare and while we need to explore alternatives we need to maintain our exploration of other options including nuclear said Siscoe adding green energy needs to be researched fully Siscoe stressed that every industry should be treated fairly and they PCs want an environment where businesses in all sectors can do business The region was hammered by manufacturing job losses he said and more needs to be done to help attract jobs to Ontario Karen Fraser in her first appearance as Green Party candidate less than 24 hours after being nominated committed support for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs It s time to look forward We have nuclear and fossil fuels that are finite and we have to look over and above that said Fraser Our goals and plans need to turn to renewable power such as wind and solar She said the province must keep looking towards innovation and new ways of harnessing renewable energy We need to be open to hearing what s out there and ensuring it s on the radar so we can move forward with technology in Canada Fraser said adding programming must be in place to also help the everyday Ontarians and the costs they face for energy All three candidates acknowledged the sector is important to Niagara Fraser noted the industry relocating to the region is important to providing those who have been forced out of their manufacturing jobs an opportunity to return to the workforce Bradley said he sees the number of jobs in the sector growing even more with the potential for even more economic benefit in Niagara and beyond The grid he said has been upgraded to accommodate that growth Our commitment is long term and we will continue he said We will make no apologies improving our air quality our environment our health and boosting our economy Siscoe meanwhile said the Ontario PCs are committed to more hydro electric projects in Niagara and across Ontario such as the upcoming Shickluna project in St Catharines But brought online in a much more timely fashion through stronger provincial leadership said Siscoe Clean energy alternatives need to be explored as priority options but they

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Kingston, Frontenac and the Islands meet the candidates
    innovation and industrial hub Robert Kiley took the podium and framed his comments Cost community and conservation We know that replacing our end of life nuclear is more costly than other options Hydro imports and green local generation can meet our needs The Ernestown wind farm is a great example of a community commercial partnership creating a win win that should be the norm for all projects in Ontario Robert closed pointing out that conservation has the power to lower our bills Mary Rita Holland spoke next about the NDP s commitment to sustainable energy Climate change is a very present reality in our every day lives and is strongly linked to the economic output and social determinants of health and quality of life The challenges facing us represent real opportunities for us The NDP are planning several funding mechanisms to support manufacturing upgrades to improve efficiencies and on site generation of energy a fund to assist emerging industries like storage technologies and a homeowner loan program to help people make their homes more energy efficient Jonathan Reid of the Freedom Party closed the evening by stating that We believe that economies are best served when governments are not picking winners and losers in the economy We would like to stop all wind energy and nuclear projects and see a move towards increased hydro Right now we have a surplus of electricity and at times have to pay other jurisdictions to take our power We should not be approving wasteful energy projects that we don t need We need to keep energy costs low to retain and attract manufacturers Tyson Champagne of SWITCH thanked the candidates and noted Going forward we need all parties competing to have the best policy to support sustainable energy in the region and the jobs

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Oshawa meet the candidates
    Green Party candidate opened the discussion by stressing the importance of educating the public on the benefits of wind and solar We want to see home builders and developers incorporating sustainable solutions such as waste water recovery in new buildings We need affordable accessible Made In Ontario solutions Estrick Quintyn followed by pointing to the 24 billion in local and foreign investment 42 000 green energy jobs and 4 4 billion saved on annual health care costs achieved thanks to the policies implemented by the Liberal government Ontario has come a long way in the last decade and we have to keep up the momentum he said Ryan Kelly closed the discussion by stressing the need for conservation The NDP is seeking to amalgamate the energy agencies and plans to explore more sustainable ways of energy generation There are jobs in green energy and we want to encourage employers that invest in sustainable energy solutions with tax credits and other incentives Kelly concluded by saying that the NDP would honor existing FIT contracts and keep the FIT program for smaller projects They also plan to conduct a full environmental assessment of the Long term Energy Plan Ryan Duffy of Blackstone Energy Solutions Inc moderated the session and noted the importance of unity and collaboration and creating partnerships to move the sector forward Nicole Risse Director of Finance Operations at OSEA closed the official part of the evening stating We need to shift our concern about energy rates to energy bills If we invest in conservation and energy efficiency we can reduce our consumption which will result in lower energy bills even if the price of energy goes up This is the case in New York where the average person uses 27 less power than the average Ontarian while paying 9

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  • OSEA: Ontario’s prosperity is powered, heated, cooled and moved by sustainable energy
    not just using it It is clear that green energy is creating good jobs local resilience and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by sustainable energy It may seem like we have all the power that we need right now However the reality is that all parties have neglected our electricity grid power generation building code and transportation infrastructure for decades creating some sticker shock as we modernize and rebuild Ontario has also faced rising pressure to keep competitive because we waste so much of the valuable energy we do have Modernizing our energy system to increase energy efficiency lowers costs and is an investment that will pay dividends by making Ontario more competitive simply by doing more with less energy So the bad news is that in the short term the cost of energy is going to rise whether we rebuild our old antiquated centralized dirty energy system or invest in a modern decentralized and clean sustainable energy system The only way to ensure we aren t beholden to volatile fuel costs is to waste less energy and get our energy from fixed priced renewable sources such as biogas wind solar and hydro Investing in these technologies now builds capacity and lowers costs even further as we continue to invest The good news beyond free fuel inputs is that a modern distributed portfolio of clean renewable energy can locate project benefits directly in communities across the province for a better price tag than other options All parts of our province can benefit from this transition Since 2009 Ontario s Green Energy and Economy Act has attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 jobs during a global economic recession all while our automotive sector was languishing Ontario s bold steps to be the first

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  • OSEA: Ontario Once a Leader Lost Its Way But the Results are Here to Stay
    electricity for a profit to its own citizens Why it sounds downright Jeffersonian Further we learned that those hockey playing ice wine swilling Canadians created a true renewable energy policy not a wind policy or a solar policy but a policy that included all renewables In fact it seemed that the Green Energy Act was actually designed to do what its visionary politicians said was the purpose make an energy transition possible This was all a bit shocking accustomed as we are in the states to legislation as simply a vehicle for a few glowing press releases touting some token program that no one takes seriously We learned too that those Ontarians had the audacity to say they were going to close their coal fired power plants all of them because they were bad for the health of their citizens And then they went ahead and actually did it ahead of schedule What is it with those Canadians Haven t they heard of the Koch brothers It was enough to turn a Californian green with envy And for a time Ontario was installing more and wind and more solar than sunny California Alas the status quo reared its ugly head and said Hey wait a minute They really are doing this It s not just talk The nuclear industry felt threatened as well they should Today coal tomorrow it will be nuclear became their battle cry as they stoked their minions to the barricades In the tumult Ontario lost its way Provincial politicians it turns out were human after all and much more like their counterparts in the states than they were different They flubbed badly on building some gas fired power plants and went all weak kneed before the nuclear juggernaut They began whittling away at the Green Energy

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  • OSEA: Senvion CEO North America Helmut Herold receives distinction of Quebec wind industry
    Helmut Herold Senvion s CEO for North America was awarded Personality of the year by the Quebec wind industry The award gala and ceremony were part of the 4th Conference of the Quebec Wind Energy Industry in Gaspé Québec With the award the industry recognizes Mr Herold s achievements as CEO North America in the past five years His work was instrumental in establishing the head office of Senvion Canada Inc in Montréal which became the hub of the company s North American business A German native Mr Herold has been deeply involved in the Quebec wind energy sector and has led the company to the Top 2 of most important turbine manufacturers in Canada in 2013 Always eager to see local communities benefit he developed long term partnerships with a number of manufacturers of the Quebec supply chain Senvion Canada Inc currently counts about 250 employees and has opened additional offices in Toronto and Vancouver I am very honored to receive this distinction It is also a great acknowledgement of the company s work as a whole and the highly motivated team we have here in Quebec says Helmut Herold CEO North America Senvion Canada Inc I am very grateful for the trust our clients and business partners have put in me and in Senvion I am especially grateful to EDF EN Canada Innergex and our community partners They enabled the successes we had and I hope we can make the Quebec wind industry strive further in the next years With the installation of two MM92 type turbines in a special cold climate version at TechnoCentre s cold climate test site in Rivière au Renard Senvion started its Canadian operations in Québec s Gaspésie region 2009 Only two years later in 2011 Senvion began delivery of its turbines for

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