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  • OSEA: Power to the People!
    operative under Ontario s FIT program The contract would see the development of two separate solar panel projects generating a combined total of 350 kilowatts What s exciting is that they expected an annual return of investment exceeding 7 over the contract period with the county owning 70 of the equity and the co operative owning 30 Mr Marion wrote about a partnership on another solar panel deal but this time it was between Brant county and Six Nations The partnership had placed BRE in the position to work with a neighbouring First Nation community This deal involved the development of two Solar Panel projects under Ontario Power Authority s FIT program Mr Marion reported that Brant County council had approved the development of a 250 KW solar panel project at BGI Retail in the Brant Business Park BGI owned a 55 share Brant County owned 30 of the share and Six Nations had 15 Mr Marion then made mention of a second council approved solar project which would generate 500 KW at the Oneida Business Park at Six Nations who would own 90 of the share with Brant County owning the remainder BRE was contracted to manage the development of both projects using local contractors from the county as well as from the Six Nations community Brant County and Brant Renewable Energy s intense drive for community self sustainability has allowed them to create a successful partnership with Six Nations not just the 500 KW solar panel system at Oneida Business Park but two other projects a 500 KW Solar Panel System at Brant Business Park and a 500 KW hydro power system at Paris Penman s Dam still under the application process which will be completed in the summer of 2015 The hydro power system will place BRE one step closer to becoming a full service renewable energy provider Brant County has also expressed it s willingness to ensure that qualified Six Nations workers of various disciplines receive a fair opportunity to be employed in these projects Sustainability Brant Community Energy Co op SBC has also benefited from Brant County s endeavours placing valuable assets in the hands of its residents These assets are shares in present and future solar panel systems which will be developed through the partnership of both entities In August 2014 a bid was announced inviting Brant County residents to participate in an investment that would raise 1 million for the development of two separate solar panel systems totalling 350 KW on the rooftops at the Brant Sports Complex and the South Dumfries Community Centre They were successful as the solar panel system at Brant Sports Complex achieved commercial operation in November 2014 and the system in South Dumfries began its operation in March 2015 The 250 KW Solar Panel System at BGI Retail began commercial operation in March 2015 BRE has told us that the 500 KW solar panel system which is to be developed at Oneida Business Park is currently under construction

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  • OSEA: OSEA Membership Bundles are making your $$$ Count
    Member News Press Releases Related News Events OSEA Events Past Events Powering Prosperity Awards Publications Research Training Education Ontario Sustainability Services Webinars 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 OSEA Membership Bundles are making your Count Last Updated Tuesday

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  • OSEA: Faith communities need to get on environmental bandwagon
    food affordable and accessible to everyone As a result of this volunteer s provocative email another person started planting habitat for pollinators bees butterflies and other beneficial insects are declining in number due in part to loss of habitat One person at one of his presentations actually founded an environmental organization The Pope s encyclical last month was the latest call to climate action to people of all faith inspiring and reaffirming to those religious communities that have been plugging away at it for years embarrassing and chastising to those lagging behind Pope Francis took on the interconnectedness of climate change consumerism and poverty through a moral lens When it comes to faith communities here s an area where they have the moral ground You would be hard put to find a religion that says Go forth and destroy the earth Instead almost all religions teach that we are stewards and caretakers of the Creation protectors of planet Earth for future generations Faith groups have regularly been on the vanguard of social justice movements for example in the US during the civil rights movement and in South Africa against apartheid It should be no different with climate justice So in Hamilton my question to the faith community is as cheeky as our volunteer s was back then Why aren t there more religious groups acting on behalf of climate Take solar The interfaith group Faith and the Common Good has a program to revitalize solar for faith communities across Ontario In our city I can count around 10 faith groups that have solar installations on their roofs I know that there are about 500 faith communities in Hamilton Why don t more faith groups have solar installations on their rooftops Meanwhile the kingdom of Jordan is transitioning more than 6

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  • OSEA: White Pines Wind Project Given the Go-Ahead
    word from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change MOECC that the REA application for the project has been approved Our application was submitted to the MOECC in September 2012 and we are confident it has undergone a comprehensive review said wpd spokesperson Kevin Surette MOECC has issued an approval for 27 of the 29 turbines applied for Once constructed White Pines will feed an estimated 159 212 000 kWh annually into the local electricity grid equivalent to the average annual power usage of 9 097 homes Wind is a clean source of energy that will not be depleted and does not discharge harmful emissions into the atmosphere Electricity generated by wind projects such as the White Pines Wind Farm has the ability to provide stability to electricity prices The fuel input wind is free and is not subject to speculation market fluctuations or political instability Research conducted in 2013 by an independent grid operator in the United States PJM showed that obtaining 20 of its electricity supply from wind reduced its costs by 25 We re pleased the Ministry has approved White Pines continued Surette We re hopeful we can begin construction this fall or next spring using competitively

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  • OSEA: OSEA Membership Bundles: Making your $$$ Count
    Member News Press Releases Related News Events OSEA Events Past Events Powering Prosperity Awards Publications Research Training Education Ontario Sustainability Services Webinars 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 OSEA Membership Bundles Making your Count a Last Updated Thursday

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile: Christine Koenig
    and pet Labradoodle Curly Whenever possible she enjoys Canada s amazing nature and goes canoeing skiing and hiking with her family Christine Koenig s thoughts on the sector OSS is devoted to the development of the community power sector which I believe has the greatest potential to deliver on all the benefits that renewable energy promises i e distributed democratic ownership and control and direct benefits to communities and consumers Community power will integrate flexibility reliability and sustainability Yet presently I don t see a real driving force in the development of the renewable sector The government is handing out only crumbs of grid capacity to renewable energy generation The current larger projects are rather pushed into the market by OEM s and developers than being the result of a real pull by consumers the commercial sector or the industry One can look at it as either the result of the lack of incentives or a lack of mandatory requirements and regulations Strikingly the industry and municipalities are actually asking the government to introduce mandatory measures In their own words they are saying Make us do it We are also lacking a real consumer driven demand for more renewable energy as can be seen in more mature sustainable energy markets This demand can be stimulated by two ways in general We could increase the price for electricity to match the actual costs of generation and distribution and stop subsidizing the inefficiencies of an industrial sector that falls behind the leading countries in productivity There is a clear relationship between the price of energy and per capita consumption The lower the price the smaller the incentive to save energy and the higher the per capita consumption We could also send the nuclear power industry into retirement Rather than investing into the refurbishment of aging reactors to provide this dinosaur with life support we should invest into future technologies and into developing sustainable and more flexible solutions to fill the gap from their non refurbishment Should our government ever free itself from the nuclear baseload mantra the nuclear lobbyists are preaching they could make a bold statement in this direction A long term energy plan that reduces nuclear refurbishment to a meaningful minimum would be the number 1 driver of investment innovation and growth of the renewable energy industry in Ontario and would provide this fine province with a real competitive advantage Ontario s sustainable energy sector in the next 5 years If we don t decide to significantly cut nuclear energy generation the industry will stagnate over the coming years There won t be enough capacity available for renewable energy in the grid Much needed efficiency and conservation measures will need to be put in place to help reduce demand This means that we cannot rely on higher demand for renewable energy to accelerate growth Prices for solar biogas and wind hardware will not come down as fast as we all hope Grid parity the number one force driving consumer demand

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  • OSEA: Waterpower Industry Supports Indigenous and Environmental Education
    education for waterpower industry professionals The partnership is based on the spirit of building a cooperative and collaborative relationship focused on advancing the education of both organizations The University of Sudbury s Department of Indigenous Studies promotes an understanding of Aboriginal peoples their traditions aspirations and participation in communities says Paul Norris President of the OWA This relationship will help advance education while enhancing the understanding of Indigenous culture for members of our Association As an institution situated in Northeastern Ontario the University of Sudbury is committed to the preservation and development of the culture and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of Northeastern Ontario and to the provision of courses and programs destined to the furthering of an awareness of and appreciation for Indigenous world views The University of Sudbury and the OWA share the belief that indigenous education is of significant value to today s leaders said Dr Pierre Zundel President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Sudbury We look forward to contributing to this initiative The OWA was founded in 2001 to represent the common and collective interests of the province s original green energy sector waterpower More than 160 members are committed to advancing responsible resource

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  • OSEA: CanGEA Chairwoman Running for MP in Federal Election
    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 CanGEA Chairwoman Running for MP in Federal Election Since CanGEA s inception in 2007 Alison Thompson has worked tirelessly to steward the industry association into an influential organization that creates business opportunities for geothermal stakeholders Despite many hurdles over the past eight years Alison has led the CanGEA team to countless successes through far ranging policy work and outreach initiatives These efforts are contributing to diversifying the Canadian economy and improving the environment As well as supporting First Nations and small businesses Alison has also mentored over a dozen youth by providing experience in the workforce and fostering their careers Alison will be putting her money where her mouth is for her most recent endeavour as she runs as a federal Member of Parliament candidate for a progressive party in the Foothills riding She invites supporters of economic diversification to donate and volunteer their time towards a campaign underpinned by the intersection of the Environment and the Economy If you are interested in becoming more involved with the geothermal industry a clean reliable

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