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  • OSEA: Multi-stakeholder Alliance welcomes Ontario commitment to price and reduce carbon emissions
    large a share of Ontario s emissions as possible The system should be fair to those who may be disproportionately impacted such as low income families and workers It must also be fair to companies that have taken early action and address impacts to energy intensive trade exposed industries Revenues from carbon pricing should be dedicated to supporting complementary policies to reduce carbon emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change The diverse members of this alliance have united because we know that pricing carbon is a critical component of any credible strategy to address climate change Cap and trade is working in other North American jurisdictions And the experiences of those jurisdictions prove that climate action and a strong economy go together says Tim Gray Executive Director of Environmental Defence It s great to see Ontario joining with the many jurisdictions moving forward on this front Holcim Canada believes that tackling climate change requires putting a price on carbon Market based mechanisms have been proven to be effective at reducing global warming emissions And they ensure the required flexibility to reduce emissions at the lowest possible cost We re already operating under Quebec s cap and trade program It makes great sense for Ontario to link with Quebec and join a proven system that s already working says Ruksansa Mirza of Holcim Canada There is a pressing need to address climate change And if the revenues from carbon pricing are reinvested in Ontario s economy we can create a lot of jobs and build things we want and need like more transit more renewable energy and more energy efficient industry says Ken Neumann Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers At its deepest level climate change is an important and urgent health issue In that light the

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  • OSEA: Members of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association applaud the Wynne government for taking action to curb pollution
    to follow in their footsteps Cap and Trade is one of the tools governments have at their disposal to place a price on carbon to reduce emissions It is important to recognize that every tool is only as good as the way it is being utilized So far the Ontario government has not released any details on how the Ontario cap and trade system will function or how it is going to be structured and this will be a critical question in the weeks and months to come Nicole Risse continues To ensure that the Ontario cap and trade system is successful it will be important that the desired outcomes are clearly defined that mechanisms are put in place to measure the outcomes and that ambitious reduction targets are set Moreover it will be important that the system is transparent and feasible and that the implementation and oversight of the market is cost effective so that the majority of the revenues generated can indeed be invested in sustainable initiatives such as public transportation renewable energy projects energy efficiency and conservation With its diverse membership representing all facets of sustainable energy technologies OSEA is well positioned to provide valuable input and expertise to the public and private sectors when they are looking for ways to cut their emissions Paul Frith of Geosource Energy Inc an Ontario geothermal drilling company explained We are excited about the opportunities that will arise from this important step Our goal has been to make geothermal energy available and affordable for all potential business owners We look forward to working with the Ontario Government and businesses who are looking at Geothermal as a solution to reduce their carbon emissions Jan Buijk of EPS AB Energy Canada Ltd a leader in cogeneration systems adds Combined Heat and Power

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  • OSEA: The plan: train and hire Toronto's neediest for six-figure jobs. The catch: how to find them
    as the Toronto Community Benefits Network TCBN persuaded Metrolinx to formally require firms bidding for the 4 billion Eglinton Crosstown project as well as the Sheppard and Finch LRTs to hire in the city s neediest areas With a decade of work ahead these transit mega projects will yield hundreds of jobs The winning consortia will have to develop an apprenticeship plan including a focused program for youth at risk historically disadvantaged groups in local communities including low income racialized and immigrant populations and military veterans say RFP documents obtained by The Globe and Mail The builders must target their recruitment efforts in communities affected by the transit construction and provide annual updates The tricky part as Mr Shallhorn acknowledges is identifying the young people who d benefit training them and then persuading construction unions to take on minorities women and newcomers in short individuals like Mr Abbi who traditionally have had little presence on work sites The social stakes are high While CBAs have delivered thousands of stable construction jobs to minorities in U S cities it remains to be seen whether the TCBN s efforts will yield similar results here Like thousands of Somali Canadians Mr Abbi has struggled to gain a foothold in Toronto s labour force Some turned to drug dealing and gangs while most subsist on a diet of low wage jobs Though Mr Abbi got into an international relations program at the University of Toronto he couldn t stay in school because he had to support his family both here and in Somalia He cycled through menial jobs then went to Fort McMurray The money was good but the work didn t last He came back last year You ve got to make ends meet muses Mr Abbi whose best job before the golf club contract was a two month 14 an hour stint as a telemarketer At the same time TCBN members were searching for community organizers in four priority neighbourhoods including Mt Dennis Weston The search took them to Women for Change a shoestring parenting organization on Jane Street TCBN hired Nasteeha Dirie a volunteer for the group and asked her to drum up prospective candidates Ms Dirie came from Somalia 23 years ago and studied accounting but has spent her career in community work After asking women who drop by her agency if their husbands or sons needed work she collected lots of names among them Mr Abbi s The one thing we learned is that these people are hungry for work Nasteeha Dirie TCBN Last fall TCBN invited them to information sessions Ms Dirie s candidates were screened for education and credentials They met with trade union reps who explained how journeymen could earn 80 000 to 100 000 a year many times more than someone working for 18 50 an hour Drawing on provincial funding TCBN arranged upgrading courses training programs and apprenticeships Of the hundred who turned up to one session almost none had registered with provincial agencies

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  • OSEA: Oxford Community Energy Co-op achieves full fundraising target
    the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm project has now been achieved Our membership has shown real confidence in the Oxford Community Energy Co operative and also in the recent project approval announcement made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change The Co op s membership have now committed the 8 9 million in investments required to move this renewable energy project forward says Helmut Schneider President of the Oxford Community Energy Co operative Achieving the required funding for 49 ownership maximizes the return on investment to OCEC and its investors 30 of the funds raised belong to Oxford County residents and we are pleased with this strong show of support The Oxford Community Energy Co operative represents a new and growing investment model for renewable energy projects that will return profits generated back to the membership boosting the positive impact to the local community We are eager to get the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm built and operating as soon as possible says Schneider The Wind Farm will contribute 500 000 over twenty years to fund needed local community projects The sooner the turbines are operating the sooner we will be investing the yearly 25 000 in local community

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  • OSEA: Centerbridge completes acquisition of wind turbine manufacturer Senvion
    London The wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SE Senvion previously part of the Indian group Suzlon Energy Limited Suzlon has changed owners Centerbridge Partners L P Centerbridge through its Centerbridge Capital Partners private equity investing strategy has successfully completed the acquisition of Hamburg based Senvion All the necessary administrative legal and financial preparations for the transfer of ownership are now completed The relevant antitrust authorities have approved the transaction Andreas Nauen CEO of Senvion said We are very excited to welcome Centerbridge as our strong new partner Together we will take even greater advantage of our potential in the wind energy market With its leading product portfolio market position and by leveraging Centerbridge s strong network Senvion is now very well placed to benefit from the continued shift towards renewable energy and to continue our course of profitable growth We will continue to expand our onshore market share both in our top five markets of Germany the UK Australia Canada and France and in other target markets and will also cement our strong position in the offshore market Stefan Kowski Managing Director at Centerbridge said Senvion is a highly innovative company with outstanding technology a leading market position and an experienced committed workforce and strong prospects By working closely with the management we want to help to further accelerate the company s growth plans by investing in product development service excellence and expansion in new markets Facts on the acquisition Senvion will remain headquartered in Hamburg Germany Following the completion the Supervisory Board members mandated by the old owner have stepped down from their positions The new Supervisory Board consists of four shareholder representatives Stefan Kowski Steven M Silver Todd Morgan and Martin Skiba and two present employee representatives Bernhard Band and Thomas Rex Senvion put in place a new 950

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  • OSEA: Lowfoot’s Smart Data Engine Is Powering Ontario’s Prosperity
    thriving businesses and has demonstrated strong leadership skills innate technical abilities and experience in the field Philip developed political and demographic multimillion record databases on shoestring budgets Together with Steve Hammond he poured his time into building developing and marketing Advanced Utility Systems a software company that develops billing platforms for utility companies The sustainable energy industry is a playing field full of entrepreneurial opportunities When asked why he is motivated to take entrepreneurial risks Philip states As an entrepreneur I believe it is my job to identify the trends in the market and ensure that my customers are in a position to meet challenges and leverage them for their own success This is what drives me Lowfoot s unique set of communication and big data programs has attracted utility and energy providers who service their own customers using Lowfoot s tools Because of this Lowfoot has experienced significant expansion and its efforts have been recently recognized with the SMARTpreneur of the Year 2015 award at the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards Powering Prosperity is an annual awards dinner organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association that recognizes excellence innovation and best practices in the sustainable energy sector Lowfoot was originally created to leverage the potential of smart data As they grew they broadened their mandate Lowfoot now helps customers unleash the potential of multiple data sources from analog meter data to interval weather data to social media data Like a technological engine Lowfoot processes massive amounts of data Then it provides that information in a digestible format to its clients customers and internal stakeholders One of the biggest tasks is making sure that consumers are charged for their energy use accurately and fairly Recent enhancements to service offerings such as demand management self service tools have helped both companies and individuals When they take advantage of smart meter data to fill knowledge gaps companies can take a more active role in demand response and become more competitive Lowfoot turns data into high end customer engagement products and provides in depth business insights says Philip Playfair The information provided ultimately allows the clients to think long term about the services they provide to individuals which helps to keep their customers informed loyal and happy These smart energy decisions can drastically improve the effectiveness of energy reduction strategies and will lead to reduced energy consumption reduced bottom lines and reduced impact on the environment Lowfoot is building upon its successes with six6 new contracts signed in 2014 and it continues to show promise Lowfoot s goal is to triple its revenue by the end of 2015 The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is proud to shine the spotlight on champions such as Lowfoot whose ideas and actions are advancing Ontario s prosperity and our transition to a more sustainable energy economy About Lowfoot Lowfoot is a data analytics firm with a small team of dedicated staff based in Toronto Ontario The company is currently focused on expanding its market share in the United

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  • OSEA: Samsung and Pattern Development Sign Power Purchase Agreement for North Kent Wind Project in Ontario
    forward to continuing to work with the community on advancing this great project and helping Ontario reach its clean energy goals North Kent Wind is the sixth wind project of our 5 billion Green Energy Investment agreement here in Ontario Samsung is proud to be a part of the Chatham Kent community and excited about our equity partnership with the Municipality that will create local jobs said Steve Cho Vice President of Samsung C T Corporation Samsung is dedicated to delivering meaningful benefits to communities where we are building clean renewable energy projects The North Kent Wind project will employ approximately 200 skilled workers on site at the peak of construction activity and create approximately 10 permanent jobs once operational Construction of the project is expected to begin by the end of 2016 and it is expected to reach completion at the end of 2017 Local contractors will be utilized during construction and operations including Entegrus Inc which will obtain maintenance contracts for the life of the project Samsung and Pattern Development as part of their commitment to make a positive impact in project area communities will provide 4 million to the Municipality of Chatham Kent as a community benefit contribution to be used at the sole discretion of Municipal Council In addition the project will generate approximately 5 million in tax revenue over 20 years The Municipality also has the option to purchase a 15 equity interest in the project which will provide recurring incremental revenue to the municipality to fund priority projects in the municipality Upon completion the North Kent Wind project is expected to generate clean energy to meet the electricity needs of approximately 35 000 Ontario homes annually based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario About Samsung Renewable Energy Inc Samsung Renewable Energy is

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  • OSEA: How Canadians Can Benefit From An Effective Home Energy Storage System
    such as Ontario have established some sort of a net metering program but the framework isn t properly developed and not attractive enough to generate consumer interest There is no consistent solar energy policy at the federal level said Azeem Qureshi CEO of Grasshopper Solar In order for Canadians to benefit from such a revolutionary technology there has to be political will to enact a net metering program across Canada Grasshopper Solar operates Ontario s largest residential solar fund delivered through the FREE Solar program In early 2015 the company received a Game Changer Award for Project Finance Innovation from the Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA Through the program Grasshopper aims to make going solar affordable and accessible for everyone These battery storage units from Tesla may eventually solve a long standing setback for solar energy technology which is storage Qureshi added in a statement to PVBuzz This means energy can be stored at high production periods of the day and used during low production periods GlobalTV recently aired an interview with Qureshi where he expressed his thoughts on Tesla s announcement and the adaptability of this technology into the Ontario market GlobalTV interview with Azeem M Qureshi CEO of Grasshopper Solar I can t say that look with this things are going to change dramatically Qureshi told GlobalTV in the interview We currently don t install the Tesla battery with our FREE Solar program however with Ontario s transition over to an enhanced net metering program in the future it will certainly be an option we will be able to bring to market added Qureshi in a statement to PVBuzz Data from the Ontario Ministry of Energy indicates that a typical family of four uses about 800 kWh a month or about 27 kWh a day This means that

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