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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile: Meet Joe Mulhall
    and tied to the environment This was and continues to be the main driver for sustainable energy development in Ontario today The path to a sustainable energy solution has not been a straight line however There have been very clear milestones such as the elimination of coal as a fuel for generating electricity and the passing of the Green Energy and Economy Act There is no doubt that the message from Rio was the right message but getting there is not easy work he added Our society has a tendency to believe that the past is a window into the future and so we hold on to the status quo From a change management point of view we have a great opportunity to move the sustainable energy agenda forward right now due to some specific timing issues Joe observed There is increased public recognition as well as growing political acceptance that the aging energy infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and or replaced The discussion and debate on what these new energy systems will look like is taking place right now today Decisions will have to be made on how to make these investments and there is pressure from all sides as the individual proponents make the case on what they believe these solutions should be We have solid ground to work with The technology is now available to offer solutions Distributed generation smart grid electrical interfacing for transportation and grid impact neutral buildings are all very real options On the conservation side we have integrated building technologies consumer protection legislation and more access to Municipalities for direct involvement in building solutions This is our moment and we need to step up and provide the policy makers with the solutions that will support the path to sustainability When asked where he sees the sustainable energy sector in Ontario in the next 5 years Joe said The next 5 years will be turbulent for all of the participants in the energy sector not just in the sustainable energy arena It is difficult to know what the political and economic drivers will be in the short term It has become politically expedient all across Canada to run election campaigns on the platform that smaller government equals less taxes Taxpayers and Ratepayers will continue to oppose higher rates for energy use even if the money is being spent on environmental and economic conservation This will continue to be the case until we can connect investment with prosperity and defeat the idea that spending equals waste Most people in Ontario have the sense that sustainable development is the right solution There has been a continuous thread since the days of Maurice Strong From my vantage point I can see that we will continue to see more emphasis on the principles of clean technology and sustainable energy and we will continue to see the shift in direction commented Joe Going back to the roots planted by Ontario Hydro in 1992 even OPGI is moving to develop

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  • OSEA: OSEA Board Member Profile - Meet Graham Seaman
    waste and emissions by 2050 Energy Conservation The increasing cost of electricity is hitting the City and residents of Markham pretty hard Utilities are among the City of Markham s their top five cost centres Thanks to funding from the Independent Electricity System Operator IESO and PowerStream the City of Markham has been able to hire an Embedded Energy Manager whose responsibility it is to develop and implement energy conservation and demand management projects to ideally contain rate increases for City facilities One of the most successful initiatives undertaken to date by this manager has been supporting the retrofitting of 12 500 streetlights This project is just finishing up and the City can already see results in energy savings Many of Markham s arenas have LED lighting now as well And while the arena operators love the new LEDs for the quick start up arena users enjoy the improved light quality and the municipality enjoys the two to three year payback on the investment Renewable Energy The City of Markham already has 1 4MW of rooftop solar installed which is probably the largest municipally owned porfolio in Ontario The plan is to further grow this rooftop solar capacity to over 2MW While the Markham PanAm Centre will have 450kW installed by the end of the year the City is also re applying for 300kW on the South East Community Centre and Library that is currently under construction Markham Council has also provided Municipal FIT Support to more than 20MW of rooftop solar projects in the community Local Distribution Company LDC Consolidation PowerStream the local distribution company that Markham owns together with Vaughan and Barrie is contemplating a merger with Horzion and Enersource as well as the acquisition of HydroOne Brampton from the Province Graham is on the staff team evaluating this transaction for Markham If approved it could be a watershed moment for LDC consolidation The reductions for ratepayers are meaningful as are the projected improved dividends for the shareholders if consolidation synergies are acheived PowerStream and PowerStream Solar have been on the leading edge of smart grid research and successfully developing a large portfolio of solar systems in the pursuit of becoming the utility of the future so that the larger company could lower barriers for their customers to get involved with sustainable energy Graham sees the potential of growth for sustainable energy sector in Ontario in the next 5 years in the following four areas Municipal Energy Planning The province of Ontario seems genuinely interested in having local community engagement in energy Graham expects to see these programs to continue growing and for most if not all local governments to get involved The challenge will be developing the skills and capacity of municipal staff so that they are able to participate in these programs Energy Conservation The new Conservation Framework for LDC s targets 7 TWh of conservation by 2020 This is very significant and will require the continuation of the current programs but also a new way

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  • OSEA: Gunn's Hill Wind Farm - Renewable Energy Approval - Appeal Dismissed
    to receive the Environmental Review Tribunal s decision in case 15 028 to unconditionally dismiss the appeal of the Renewable Energy Approval issued for the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm The decision is clear and is in line with the result anticipated by the limited partnership between the Oxford Community Energy Co op Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp and Prowind Canada Inc We welcome this unconditional dismissal of the appeal of our Renewable Energy Approval The project is proceeding with construction and will deliver benefits to over 140 co op investors the Six Nations community to all Ontarians by providing clean energy equivalent to what is used by over 6000 homes and by offering 500 000 to local community initiatives over the life of the project say Juan Anderson President of Gunn s Hill LP Juan Anderson adds We look forward to being a part of this community during project construction and operation making a significant contribution to the County s goal of being 100 renewable and receiving local input on the allocation of community benefit funding Access road construction is underway at the site and turbine construction will commence in May 2016 The project is expected to start generating clean renewable energy in august 2016 About Gunn s Hill Wind Farm Gunn s Hill Wind Farm is an 18 MW wind project located in the Township of Norwich The project consists of 10 Senvion MM92 turbines and will be the first co operatively owned wind farm in Ontario About Gunn s Hill LP and Prowind Gunn s Hill LP is a partnership formed between Prowind Canada Inc Oxford Community Energy Co op and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp to own and operate the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm The Prowind Group was established

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  • OSEA: Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm – REA Appeal Dismissed and Construction underway
    construction schedule and has been eagerly anticipated by OCEC s investors The OCEC is developing the 18 MW ten turbine wind farm in Oxford County jointly with Prowind Canada Inc and the Six Nations of the Grand River under the Gunn s Hill Limited Partnership The Gunn s Hill Wind Farm is the largest community owned renewable energy project to gain Renewable Energy Approval in Ontario OCEC has developed a very strong investor community in Oxford County says Helmut Schneider President of OCEC We are enthusiastic that our members have put their trust in the ability of the Oxford Community Energy Co op to manage their investment in 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 OCEC has secured 49 ownership of the project for its investors and is looking forward to work with the community throughout the construction period of the 18 MW 10 Turbine Wind project Construction started this month and is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2016 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 Farm project and to continue to develop other renewable energy projects in Oxford County in the future The OCEC presently has 185 members many of them are residence of Oxford County The Co op has sold approximately 9

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  • OSEA: Inspiring and Engaging: Thousands Attend Green Energy Doors Open 2015
    place in Ontario 25 in Alberta and one in Quebec All told we had more than 5 000 visitors Green Energy Doors Open is a year round communications campaign that the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA has been organizing and spearheading since 2011 The campaign seeks to highlight and recognize the initiatives taken by the trailblazers who are leading the way for Ontario on the path to building a 100 clean and sustainable energy system The annual showcase day in the fall allows members of the public to visit projects first hand and to meet the hosts ask questions learn more about sustainability and find out how they too can get involved Throughout the year OSEA together with its partner Our Power has created and released more than two dozen inspiring stories and info graphics With the creative direction of Hobé Hosokawa Inc a series of videos have been released telling the stories of sustainable energy development across the province We will be continuing these in the coming months so stay tuned Thanks also to Screaming Power who added Green Energy Doors Open to their Screaming Energy mobile application which has allowed people to access content and events through their

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  • OSEA: Collaboration Between OSEA And Screaming Power Using Mobile Technology To Drive Energy Transistion
    sustainable energy economy has allowed this simple and exciting decision to create more opportunities for sustainable project development through the use of the Screaming Energy Mobile App Throughout our journey to sustainability the construction of our mobile platform helps manage changes in our energy eco system while becoming increasingly powerful and engaging Screaming Power s continuous evolution of the Screaming Energy Mobile App enhances the end users ability to share building energy information across a secure mobility platform On the other hand OSEA seeks to educate the marketplace on a wide range of social benefits tied to the development of a sustainable decentralized and integrated energy system In order to create a more sustainable community OSEA and Screaming Power have come together to help bring connectivity and education to life through technology We wish to create an open platform that is filled with inspiring ideas and helpful information utilizing mobility and taking advantage of social networks further contributing to sustainable change in our world Gary Michor Screaming Power We believe that sustainability refers to meeting our own needs improving the quality of our lives and ensuring that the ecological system sustaining us is healthy and capable of supporting future generations The Screaming Energy Mobile App platform allows users to have access to information that will give them the ability to exchange knowledge and ideas about becoming a more sustainable society Together we aim to create a community of learning advocating and idea sharing on all matters related to sustainability Nicole Risse OSEA We need to work together to further evolve our mobile platform in order to be able to bring property owners managers researchers and green energy providers an endless array of information products events and techniques that cater directly to their needs While this partnership is based on strong

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  • OSEA: Sun Country Highway Expanded EV Charging Network to Kamloops, British Columbia
    Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates Sun Country Highway Expanded EV Charging Network to Kamloops British Columbia Sun Country Highway has expanded its electric vehicle charging network to Kamloops British Columbia As part of the Destination Program and a partnership with Sun Life Financial Services the first public charging stations are installed and available for customers and visitors to the area Colin Noble of Twin Rivers Financial Services qualified for the Sun Country Highway Destination program showcasing his progressive leadership and commitment to a more sustainable Kamloops Now concluded Sun Country Highway s Destination program was put in place to establish a more robust electric vehicle EV charging network that will drive EV adoption and tourism across Canada creating local economic social and environmental sustainability Since 2012 Sun Country Highway has been focused on Bringing Sustainability To Life establishing partnerships with progressive businesses and agencies that embrace disruptive technology and share our commitment to prove the impossible is possible We are excited to invest in a brighter greener future by offering complimentary charging on our newly installed Tesla and Sun Country Highway electric vehicle charging stations to all of our clients Colin Noble Twin

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  • OSEA: Options Development: The Village at Guildwood
    Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates Options Development The Village at Guildwood The Village at Guildwood s 36 townhouses and 9 story apartment building were completed in 2006 at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Kingston Road on the edge of the Guildwood area in Scarborough Suites range in size from 435 sq ft up to 1 180 sq

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