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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy, what are we waiting for?
    calculate their roof s potential Woodstock Hydro s customers can now easily assess whether their roof is suitable for solar and what it s potential generating capacity and financial benefits will be under the Independent Electricity System Operator s Micro Feed in Tariff program Local generation is an opportunity for residents and municipalities Throughout our discussion Jay spoke a lot about collaboration with a community in Germany Communities around the world are striving for and reaching 100 net renewable energy It is possible and already exists In fact according to Go 100 Percent www go100percent org 8 countries 49 cities 56 regions 8 utilities 21 non profit and public institutions and more than 50 4 million people are now committed to the transition to a 100 sustainable energy system Jay emphasized that Some communities in Denmark and Germany are generating as much electricity as they require over the course of a year from renewable energy technologies and as a result are creating local employment and retaining millions of dollars within the local economy The benefits of self generation from a personal and community perspective are massive OSEA s 20 20 Roadmap Blog has details about several other jurisdictions leading the way to 100 sustainable energy like El Hierro in the Canary Islands and Juehnde the bio energy town in Germany http roadmapto2020 tumblr com Another great source of information is the Samsø Island Energy Academy in Denmark http energiakademiet dk en Plug in and move During the course of the interview Mr Heaman shared some of the innovative work Woodstock Hydro has been involved in regarding electric mobility and the challenges associated with the rapidly emerging technology Here is how he described their cool car story Electric mobility is expected to increase significantly over the next few years representing both an opportunity and a risk to electric utility companies In the fall of 2012 Woodstock Hydro purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car for the purpose of studying the potential impact of wide scale electric vehicle EV charging on our transformers and wires We installed a 3 5 KW solar array connected to an EV charging station to determine how much renewable energy was required to support the Leaf as a fleet vehicle for a year Over the past two years our Leaf has travelled roughly 6 000 km year Amazingly we ve come to the conclusion that the current 3 5 KW system could support up to three Nissan Leafs per year So what conclusions has the team at Woodstock Hydro reached EVs will be a game changer and we may not be prepared to handle a rapidly increasing number of EVs charging using the grid but we could be Woodstock Hydro is continuing to explore how best to improve its infrastructure and support of EVs Jay continues Imagine what opportunity that awaits all of us if we installed solar at home and at our places of work so that we could commute without having to buy gas ever again

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  • OSEA: SDTC Looking for Canada’s Next Cleantech Innovators
    efficiency Clean energy Technologies that enable clean energy production distributed power generation and energy storage as well as technologies related to carbon capture and storage integrated energy systems and biorefinery biochemical production Northern and remote communities Innovative technologies and solutions for self sufficiency in smaller communities such as food security heavy lift transportation small scale renewable energy and microgrid applications Next generation transportation Technologies related to next generation vehicles having reduced emissions and higher energy efficiency with a focus on freight transportation Agriculture Technologies that increase yield and improve temperature and drought resistance of agricultural crops mitigate land use changes and biodiversity loss and diversify farm incomes The SD Natural Gas Fund TM a collaboration with the Canadian Gas Association focuses on the following priority areas Residential small scale affordable CHP units ultra efficient water heaters technologies that improve the efficiency of residential heating and or cooling Commercial technologies that improve the efficiency of heating systems measurement and data management to better control natural gas consumption natural gas cooling systems Industrial higher efficiency industrial heating equipment CO2 capture systems less energy intensive hydrogen production Power generation higher efficiency power generation emissions control technologies natural gas storage solutions for remote locations Transportation more efficient and lower emission natural gas engines alternative natural gas engines lower cost solutions Renewable natural gas technologies that improve cleanup economics cost effective small scale anaerobic digesters Quick facts On behalf of the Government of Canada SDTC helps bring Canadian clean technologies closer to market readying them for growth and export markets Through its SD Tech Fund TM SDTC helps companies through the critical juncture when capital and scaling costs become challenges and the risk profile deters other investors The SDTC portfolio is currently comprised of 269 clean technology projects with a total value of 2 5

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  • OSEA: Powering Sacred Spaces with Renewable Energy
    not take more than you can give back With a track record for being sustainable in their practices Devi Mandir fosters waste reduction energy conservation and efficiency within the congregation Installing solar was a natural continuation of that process Devir Mandir Temple became the first religious institution to go solar in Pickering And with the return on investment this community can now put money into community projects within and beyond the temple Congregation Darchei Noam a synagogue in Toronto is another example of a faith community that takes to heart a faith s teachings on environmental stewardship Tema Smith the synagogue s Manager of Outreach and Engagement describes this concept as Shaomrei Adamah which means guardians of the earth Our community values green awareness and justice and strives to care for the environment for all people Smith says When the congregation moved to its current location in 2008 retrofits included energy conservation measures and the installation of a 10KW rooftop solar project Just as with Devi Mandir Temple It was a visual extension of our beliefs Smith says Don t have a rooftop No problem Erin United Church in Erin Ontario got involved in solar by purchasing solar bonds from Solar Share a project of TREC Cooperative Cathy Hansen a board member of Erin United Church explains that the church had maturing Guaranteed Investment Certificates GICs and was considering what to do with the money We made a conscious decision to invest in solar bonds instead of blindly giving it to the bank Hansen says Church leaders were interested in an investment that would preserve capital as well as fit with their fundamental values and ethics The investment pays a quarterly locked in rate for five years This gives us transparency as to where and how our money is working

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  • OSEA: Director Operations and Finance, Nicole Risse, to continue at the helm of OSEA
    be stepping down to start his own consulting business The past eight years at OSEA have been incredible and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve the OSEA membership Kristopher explains I am looking forward to this new chapter in my career and continuing as an active OSEA member in the years ahead Joe Mulhall on behalf of the Board of Directors stated The Board made the decision more than a year ago to create the new position of Director of Operations and Finance and to divide the responsibilities for the management of OSEA into two separate positions reporting directly to the Board The Board was pleased that Nicole Risse agreed to take on that new role and her performance in the last year has proven that she was a good choice We are confident in her ability to manage the business of OSEA Kristopher leaving will not affect the day to day operations at OSEA Nicole Risse has been a core member of OSEA for more than six years having served as Business Development and Outreach Manager and currently as Director of Finance and Operations She is a specialist in sustainable energy stakeholder engagement and grassroots logistics having managed campaigns in Europe Asia and North America Nicole was instrumental in coordinating the successful Green Energy Act campaign the now national Green Energy Doors Open sustainable energy showcase the association s Powering Prosperity Awards the monthly Energy Drinks networking event the OSEA 20 20 Roadmap webinar series and numerous past international sustainable energy conferences Joe Mulhall stated further Nicole s strong commitment to OSEA s vision and to the members combined with her understanding of key issues facing the sector her organizational skills and proven management capability will keep OSEA moving forward in a positive direction

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  • OSEA: Solarize Energy Announces Financing Vehicle For Small and Medium-sized Portfolios of FIT Projects
    small as single projects Our long term vision is to be a significant player in a robust and dynamic solar industry in Ontario said Carlos Leite Co Founder and Managing Director of Solarize Energy With this financing facility we can now deliver a turnkey solution that is truly end to end Craig Walker Sales Manager at Solarize Energy emphasized that Solarize Energy is now able to bring construction stage and long term debt financing as part of its aggregation facility specifically designed to meet all the requirements of the FIT2 and FIT3 contracts Paul Leikermoser Business Development Director at Solarize Energy added that This financing facility represents an invaluable option for developers landlords as well as EPC companies who want to ensure that their projects reach commercial operation These projects are possible under the government of Ontario s FIT Program with its focus on the development of distributed clean power By replacing fossil fuels the clean energy generated by these solar photovoltaic systems will also contribute significantly to efforts to fight climate change The Solarize value proposition for project developers and owners includes design and engineering construction and commissioning project and contract management as well as operations and maintenance once the projects reach commercial operation To learn more about how interested FIT contract holders and EPC companies can take advantage of Solarize s development expertise and financing facility contact our Sales Department at 519 304 7012 office or 416 575 7012 cell for a free no obligation consultation or visit Solarize Energy online at www solarizeenergy ca About Solarize Energy L P Solarize Energy L P based in Brantford has been established to develop construct finance and manage distributed solar energy assets The management group has a long history in the solar sector and in project management The in house

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  • OSEA: Putting Conservation First Means Big Savings For Ontarians
    generators reduce emissions and save money We are squandering a tremendously valuable resource by not looking at distributed CHP as a replacement option for our power and heating needs Imagine if every household in Ontario could save 1 700 a year on energy bills by reducing waste energy in the province With 4 9 million households in Ontario and more than 8 4 billion in heat being wasted from our near end of life centralized nuclear power plants alone never mind our gas plants imagine the savings for the province If conservation is first make sure our focus is right While the Ontario Ministry of Energy places great emphasis on energy conservation measures the energy use shares for Ontario buildings suggest that emphasis be placed on the thermal needs of buildings rather than lower consumption activities such as lighting or refrigeration By understanding who uses energy and what it s used for we should be better positioned to develop energy conservation programs that maximize their impact We are squandering a tremendously valuable resource by not looking at distributed CHP as a replacement option for our power and heating needs An analysis of heat energy sources indicates 78 percent of the heating needs of Ontario buildings are met by natural gas with electric heating comprising only 9 percent of the market The fact that such a significant proportion of Ontario s energy consumption is already in the form of natural gas presents an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of Ontario s electricity generating sector through a wide spread deployment of small and micro distributed CHP systems rather than continued reliance on inefficient thermo power plants Combined heat and power puts conservation first Upon examination it becomes apparent that building heat in Ontario s commercial and residential building sectors consumes 115

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  • OSEA: 50 plus organizations unite to support climate action in Ontario
    50 other organizations businesses health advocates farmers and others to create the Clean Economy Alliance The Alliance which just launched today has united under some common principles to support Ontario s commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how Ontario should proceed We ve come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy and failing to address climate change would be very costly Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy which is why the World Bank says a 4 degree world must be avoided On the other hand efforts to combat climate change will create new jobs and new business opportunities Indeed in the opinion of analysts at McKinsey Company it is nothing less than the largest business opportunity in a century Addressing climate change will also lead to cleaner air and better health outcomes These issues public health and climate action are mutually reinforcing For example the closure of Ontario s coal plants is the single largest climate initiative in North America but it was also a huge win for public health In 2005 there were over 50 smog advisories in this province Last year there were none And efforts to address climate change can also help us find the motivation and resources to address other pressing issues For example money raised by putting a price on carbon can be used to fund things we want and need like public transit The Clean Economy Alliance has come together because we know that tackling climate change will make things better Some may claim that addressing climate change is too costly and it will tank the economy But the evidence just does not bear this out Study after study shows how addressing climate change can strengthen the economy British Columbia implemented

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  • OSEA: Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm Receives Environmental Approval
    op to manage this important project We are confident that we are offering a long term sustainable project for our community Investment opportunities in community owned projects that have significant environmental and economic benefits are rare and are sought after by investors Juan Anderson Vice President of Prowind Canada adds We are pleased to be advancing a project that is supported by a large number of local investors that will use made in Ontario equipment that will give 500 000 over twenty years back to the community for local projects and that will power the equivalent of over 6000 homes with renewable energy Alan Dale Vice President of OCEC states The Oxford Community Energy Co operative offers Renewable Energy investment opportunities in a local project whose costs are known where revenues are predictable for twenty years and whose rates of return continue to be some of the highest available in Ontario OCEC is able to own up to 49 of the project and is making its final call for investment Ten year bonds are offered at 5 5 twenty year preferred shares projected at 10 return are also available Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit www oxford cec ca and register for our April 16 2015 investor information session to be held at the Woodstock Museum 466 Dundas St Woodstock ON Construction may begin as early as July 2015 The project is expected to create over 200 jobs during the construction phase and source significant amounts of construction material from local suppliers About OCEC Oxford Community Energy Co operative Inc is a renewable energy co op based in Oxford County with its office in Woodstock Ontario The OCEC was specifically developed to invite the local community to own up to 49 of the Gunn s Hill Wind

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