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  • OSEA: GreenBug Energy wins 2015 3M Environmental Innovation Award
    electricity The 3M Environmental Innovation Award established by the RCGS and 3M Canada in 2009 celebrates innovative contributions to environmental change GreenBug Energy is exactly the kind of innovation and progress that 3M celebrates with our 3M Environmental Innovation Award says Liisa Sheldrick Communications and Community Relations Manager at 3M Canada We want Canadians to be proud of the individuals in business academia community organizations and government who are addressing challenges like energy availability When Archimedes invented the screw thousands of years ago he surely never imaged his invention would one day help to protect our planet s waterways GreenBug Energy of Delhi ON has re adapted the Archimedes screw design to generate electricity using gravity and the weight of water to rotate the screw and turn the generator as the water travels down the screw as on an escalator The flow generates low carbon electricity without incremental environmental impact Even fish can safely take a ride down the escalator like screw without injury The Archimedes screw generator is built almost entirely of steel and has low incremental environmental impact even when compared to renewables like wind and solar The GreenBug Energy system has the potential to bring thousands of underutilized microhydro dams under 500 kilowatts online across the Americas The journey from being worried about the environment to taking action and challenging the status quo can be daunting says Tony Bouk founder and CEO of GreenBug Energy This award from such distinguished organizations as the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and 3M Canada gives us that extra encouragement and support to continue It s a great honour Harnessing the capacity of low carbon hydropower in an environmentally benign manner has the potential to become an income generator for many of GreenBug Energy s partners such as property owners municipalities and

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  • OSEA: Technological innovation and changing consumer relationships the tide that can’t be held back
    to anticipate and prepare for change we can only do that by keeping grounded in the guiding principles we share Now when I think of change I think of the often quoted words of Donald Rumsfeld who once said There are known knowns There are things we know that we know There are known unknowns That is to say there are things that we now know we don t know But there are also unknown unknowns There are things we don t know we don t know Now I m not going to speak to you today about the things we already know I m going to speak about the known unknowns The things we know that we don t know And for us in the energy sector they fall into two categories technological change and customer control We know that significant technological change is transforming the way energy is produced transported and consumed We have seen some of the implications of that change already as technology has paved the way for distributed generation Residential and small business consumers are producing their own power through solar and other means New communities are being planned using distributed generation and micro grids Large commercial and industrial consumers are looking at the economics of energy self sufficiency to respond to the price signals in the market And the evolution growing reliability and adoption of new storage technologies battery power if you will is making the integration of variable renewable distributed generation possible and providing opportunity for increased flexibility and resiliency at the regional level The traditional and standard model of a large central supply transported through massive interconnected networks is being challenged That s a change we enabled deliberately and collectively and I dare say successfully across the province over the course of the last decade And while this doesn t mean the end of a central supply at least not in the foreseeable future it does mean that more and more consumers have greater choice and greater control and will be less reliant on the central supply system as we know it today as their only option So as the regulator we need to take a serious look at the way the grid will operate in the future how it will be used by producers and consumers and what will be needed and expected New technologies are having a real impact on the business model for energy providers and grid operators As the regulator we need to look at what that means for how we value price and regulate energy services We need to recognize that a lot of technological changes in the system are not simply better ways of doing business They will change the way we use energy and in so doing the business model itself So we need to change our regulatory focus from the immediate to the longer term so that we can price electricity in a way that supports technological change and investments over that long term That brings me to the second known unknown consumer control Consumer control is a powerful driver of change Not just in our industry in every industry  Look at taxis Taxi cabs were a well regulated 150 year old sector that was doing just fine until it got sideswiped overnight by Uber Uber came along because it satisfied the needs of consumers who wanted more control and to a certain extent new entrepreneurial operators who saw the opportunity for a piece of the action All of it enabled by a single disruptive technology smartphones Ten years ago Uber couldn t have existed And no one would have predicted it Now it s causing huge regulatory and political headaches All it takes is one technology In our industry we already know that consumers want more choice Choice in the type of energy they use Choice in the way they are billed for use that reflects their choice in how and when they use energy  All of which presents a challenge for the future business model But standing in the way of consumer demand or technology driven change is like trying to hold back the tide So we have no choice but to provide choice  So how are we preparing for those two known unknowns technological change and changing customer expectations It will not surprise you to hear that we at the OEB are taking a paced and measured approach to change But to be frank I think that s always been a particular strength of our regulator We have excellent people who will study these changes from every possible angle then make recommendations about ways the regulatory system framework and pricing methodologies can enable those changes Already we re looking at the implications of these new technologies and consumer demand on the way we price network services We re starting by examining ways to decouple distribution service pricing to make sure it supports changing consumer demand We ve already announced that we will phase in fixed distribution rates for residential consumers over the next four years and we re studying how to move forward with decoupling for commercial and industrial customers We believe pricing should encourage innovation while at the same time meeting the needs of those customers who can t or won t participate in new technologies We also need to look at innovation in terms of the value it brings How do you fully value something like storage or distributed generation that provides value not only to customers who are relying on it but benefits all consumers by increasing capacity and flexibility of the network Because we need a well functioning and properly financed grid if we want to integrate new technologies so customers can take advantage of them and if we want to stay true to our shared principles of reliability of supply support for innovation and long term planning Ten years ago one of the results of Ontario s long term planning support for innovation

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  • OSEA: New Delphi report shows strong link between West Coast climate action and economic growth
    Search Home News Updates News Updates New Delphi report shows strong link between West Coast climate action and economic growth Delphi has authored a new report West Coast Clean Economy 2010 2014 Jobs Update that demonstrates that climate and energy policies across North America s west coast have spurred job creation and economic growth The four jurisdictions highlighted in the report British Columbia California Oregon and Washington represent the members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative PCC a regional forum that serves as the basis for cooperative action leadership and information sharing on climate and energy issues The PCC represents the world s fifth largest economy a region of 53 million people with a combined GDP of 2 8 trillion Their actions are a reminder that sub national actors can have a tremendous impact on the transition to a low carbon economy Key findings from the West Coast Clean Economy 2010 2014 Jobs Update include The clean economy growth rate in the Pacific Coast Collaborative region is more than twice 2 2 times as fast as the region s overall job growth As of 2014 the region includes 577 372 clean economy jobs an increase of 91 656 approximately 19 percent

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy on the Rise
    campaign Green Energy Doors Open 2015 was a tremendous success Throughout the first weekend of October 150 events took place in Ontario 25 in Alberta and one in Quebec More than 5 500 visitors came out across all three provinces Significant collaborative accomplishments in this year s campaign included The creation and release of more than two dozen inspiring stories by OSEA together with its partner Our Power A series of videos telling the stories of sustainable energy development across the province developed with the creative direction of Hobé Hosokawa Inc A partnership with Screaming Power who added Green Energy Doors Open to their Screaming Energy mobile application This has allowed people to access content and events through their smartphones helping OSEA reduce the amount of print material and cut paper waste 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 showcase and highlight 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 that takes place in the fall allows members of

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  • OSEA: Network, Celebrate, Prosper
    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 Network Celebrate Prosper November 30 Toronto The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is excited to announce its 6th annual Powering Prosperity Awards dinner taking place at Fontana Primavera Event Centre in Vaughan on January 28th 2016 at 6 30 PM As Ontario s premier sustainable energy event celebrating excellence innovation and best practices in the sustainable energy sector Powering Prosperity shines the spotlight on our community public and industry leaders and their contributions to a more sustainable energy economy The Powering Prosperity Awards dinner aims to bring together an impressive network of more than 500 sector decision makers including developers builders manufacturers suppliers government representatives and community leaders for an evening of networking celebration and learning For more than fourteen years the OSEA has been championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector good jobs resilient communities and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy We have been doing this by raising public awareness advising decision

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  • OSEA: Auditor-General’s Report Raises Important Issues for the Future of Ontario’s Energy System
    these reactors In 2016 Bruce Power will receive a uniform price for all units of 65 73 per MWhr Over time that price will be subject to a series of adjustments that most of us will never be able to understand or even know Juxtapose this uncertainty to Feed in Tariffs FIT The rates paid for renewable energy projects such as wind solar hydro and bio energy are fixed for 20 years Generators will be given no additional adjustments the price is the price very transparent and very predictable FIT rates have decreased with significant reductions for solar PV as technologies and project development costs decrease a trend forecast to continue The only thing we know about the price of nuclear power is that it keeps going up and that in Canada and around the world projects always costs more than estimated If a private FIT project developer goes over his budget there is no bailout from the province What the Green Energy Act and the Feed in Tariff enabled Ontario to do and the Auditor General s report fails to notice is that it jump started an entire industry creating jobs manufacturing and opportunities for communities municipalities farmers and First Nations to develop and benefit from their own energy projects Energy is a complex issue but virtually all other industries are changing with the introduction of new and smarter technologies Rosemarie Leclair chair and CEO of the Ontario Energy Board OEB aptly pointed out in her speech at the APPrO conference that we can already foresee great changes in the way in which energy will be generated and consumed in the future According to her this is similar to what has happened in other industries for example the taxi or television industries with the introduction of Uber and Netflix

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  • OSEA: German Manufacturer Senvion Selects TechnoCentre éolien to Optimize Production of its Wind Turbines in Icing Conditions
    to severe icing conditions The turbines will also be fitted with additional meteorological instruments and icing sensors Meteorological operational icing load and structural load data will be analyzed and correlated The turbines control function in icing conditions will be optimized based on the results of analyses and simulations Over the past few years the TechnoCentre éolien has developed an expertise in icing characterization and video image analysis Today this expertise allows us to undertake this large and important research project with Senvion Canada a trustworthy partner of TCE with whom we have collaborated for a number of years affirms Frédéric Côté General Manager of the TechnoCentre éolien Helmut Herold CEO of Senvion in North America says We are proud to continue our work with TechnoCentre éolien TCE s expertise and knowledge has helped Senvion adapt its products to best fit Quebec s cold climate conditions and continue to research and optimize our machines A partnership such as this brings into light the continued innovation that is emerging in Quebec which always aims to improve on existing standards TCE has been a pioneer in Quebec s research and development in wind technologies and Senvion Canada s renewed partnership strives to build on continuing such strong innovations The project benefits from a research subsidy of 448 032 granted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles in liaison with the TechnoCentre éolien The project will also have considerable advantages for the teaching establishment notably through student involvement It is noted that a contribution from Senvion Canada estimated at 735 953 completes the cost of the project Yves Galipeau Director General of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles is quick to point out the work quality and the dynamic character

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  • OSEA: EREN Renewable Energy and 3G Energy team up to develop renewable energy projects in Canada
    capacity which was further strengthened by the successful fundraising of 200M in October 2015 in house technical expertise plus extensive global experience in renewable energy development ownership and operations Commenting on this strategic partnership Fabienne Demol Head of Business Development of EREN RE said Renewable energy in Canada has experienced a steady growth over the last 10 years and we expect many provinces to be moving the renewables agenda forward as costs continue to drop EREN RE is pleased to enter the Canadian market and to partner with such an experienced developer as 3G Energy There are huge opportunities for successful investments in Canada and for collaboration with aboriginal communities or with large industrial energy consumers alike Graham Findlay President of 3G Energy added We are glad to team up with such a successful partner in our industry We are creating synergy through combining EREN RE s impressive experience with new markets and technology opportunities such as renewable energy for mining companies with our local presence and knowledge of the Canadian market We now have a solid platform to work from and add to the installed base of renewable energy projects in Canada Based on his prior experience with major wind and solar developers in Canada Rob Miller who recently joined 3G as Vice President commented on EREN RE s and 3G s partnership I believe there is significant potential for growth in the Canadian renewable market as provincial governments are more and more willing to replace fossil and nuclear generation with renewable options In the next few years we intend to develop wind and solar projects where they prove to be competitive alternatives combined with storage technologies and through industrial net metering opportunities In doing so we will leverage our valuable experience and expertise working with First Nations as

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