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    move they say would scare off investment and many of the green collar jobs being sought by the McGuinty government The solar industry argues that such farmland tends to be flat free of obstruction inexpensive and close to distribution lines all factors that improve the economics of their projects Farmers should have the right they say to lease or sell their land for solar development just as they do for growing corn for ethanol But some rural groups backed by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy say it would be a mistake to have prime farmland used for generating electricity instead of growing crops HuffingtonPost com Promise of New Renewable Energy Agency in Peril RenewableEnergyWorld com Interview Hans JÃ rgen Koch Explains Why IRENA Is 50 times More than the IEA Launched officially in January 2009 the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA aims to promote the interests of renewable energy The agency will advise industrialized and developing countries on how they can reduce their dependency on fossil fuels by promoting the rapid adoption of renewable energy worldwide By helping countries with policy design technology transfer and training IRENA stands to play a powerful role in its ability to fill current knowledge gaps and empower its members with the expertise needed to bring about a new industrial revolution powered by sustainable energy sources WindsorStar com Essex approves wind turbine development TheStar com Canada called on to join renewable energy agency The country s solar and wind industries with support from federal opposition parties are calling on the Harper government to sign up Canada to a new international agency created to promote renewable energy technologies They argue that international cooperation is crucial if Canada is to take advantage of the boom in green energy development and innovation taking place around the globe TheGlobeAndMail com A made in Canada solution Many complex issues arise with cap and trade systems such as determining allowances for new facilities and the phasing out of old ones Offsets are notoriously difficult to monitor at an international level And as the Europeans have learned utility companies engaged in different technologies such as hydro nuclear and coal fire electricity can profitably expand all forms of production since they are in a net credit position On the other hand as many experts now agree a carbon tax or levy such as that adopted in British Columbia and in a different form in Alberta is in principle more efficient and fair It gives more price certainty to businesses and is less subject to the complexities involved with the implementation of trading systems A carbon tax can be applied on all emitters as well as yielding substantial revenues to governments so as to reduce other taxes or fund technologies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Nancy Olewiler of Simon Fraser University and I have estimated that Canada could collect almost 20 billion in revenues by imposing a 40 carbon tax on all energy sources similar in value to the existing federal fuel excise tax of 10 cents a litre on gasoline This proposal was adopted as part of the Liberal Green Shift and soundly rejected in the last election Politically a cap and trade system with auctioned credits looks like a tax on dirty industries not on consumers or employees working for the businesses Yet the effect of any carbon pricing scheme is to force up prices A tax makes the cost much more obvious That in itself is a virtue WindsorStar com Green school offers new way of life learning The building boasts environmental features which earned the school Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status the only school so designated in North America by the Green Building Council There will be no boiler solar panels and wind turbines will provide electricity and heating most lighting will be natural and collected rainwater will be used for toilets A living wall of plants will be included to scrub the atmosphere TheStar com Company tries to cash in on carbon currency Leftovers from restaurants Spoiled fruit from grocery stores Animal renderings from slaughterhouses Trimmings from food processing facilities They re just examples of the organic waste that streams daily out of the businesses and industrial facilities surrounding Pearson International Airport including the airport itself Most of it eventually ends up in landfills or composting facilities where it rots and releases methane a greenhouse gas that s 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide For biogas company Yield Energy letting that methane escape is akin to throwing money into a massive fire heating our planet s climate The Toronto start up has other plans It wants to collect all that slop speed up its decomposition in a contraption called a digester and burn the resulting methane in a turbine that generates clean electricity for the grid TheWhig com Public power best serves us TheStar com Texas city offers model for cutting home energy use NorthernOntarioBusiness com What are they doing in Europe The Greenest city in Europe is not some sun soaked southern village covered in solar panels nor a windy costal town surrounded by a forest of wind turbines but rather the city of Växjö nestled in the forests of Central Sweden The city gained the bragging rights to such a title in 2007 when it was awarded the Sustainable Energy Europe Award by the European Commission for its work to reduce its CO2 emissions by 32 per cent per capita between 1993 and 2007 greatly exceeding Kyoto requirements They were able to achieve such impressive reductions by using the most locally available source of energy biomass for nearly all of their heating needs and much of their electrical energy needs Guardian co uk Green collar job creation outstripped traditional sectors in US America s emerging clean energy economy produced new jobs at more than twice the rate of more traditional industries in the years leading up to the economic downturn a new study released today claimed OttawaCitizen com New wind farm rules won t hurt North Gower project SaultStar ca Sault designated consultation site for renewable energy rules Sault Ste Marie will be one of six public consultation sites for the design of the province s approval process for renewable energy projects The proposed requirements will form the basis for the approval process and will include regulations about setbacks for wind solar hydro biogas and biomass projects The Sault was chosen as one of sites because of the city s interest in renewable energy said Kate Jordan spokesperson with the Ministry of Environment The Sault session will take place June 24 at the Croatian Hall from 7 to 9 p m TheStar com Government programs provide reno incentives Homeowners have a very rare albeit time limited opportunity to triple dip on some federal and provincial government assistance programs designed to stimulate the economy while reducing energy consumption greenhouse gas emissions and your heating cooling and electrical bills TheStar com Brookfield jumps in TheStar com Storage plan a key piece of renewable puzzle YesMagazine org Cleveland s Worker Owned Boom Later this summer Ohio Cooperative Solar OCS will begin installing solar panels on the roofs of the city s biggest nonprofit health education and municipal buildings These institutions will lease their roofs to the employee owned energy co op and in turn will purchase electricity from OCS Within a few years OCS and its worker owners will own and reap the income from the largest installation of solar panels in the Midwest The long term goal is to develop a workforce capable of carrying out similar installations throughout the state Fast Company Why the Microgrid Could Be the Answer to Our Energy Crisis Why small scale local power the microgrid could be the answer to our energy crisis And why the big utilities are fighting it with all they ve got TheWhig com Reinventing for Greener Pastures M J Laforest Electrical Contractors Ltd is very proud to announce the launch of Laforest Eco Solar Systems a division dedicated to providing green energy solutions in the residential and commercial market As an established electrical contractor serving the Kingston area for the past six years owner Marc Laforest has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for alternative energy systems from his customers And with the recent enactment of the Ontario government s Green Energy Act Laforest feels that there is no better time to go green NorthernOntarioBusiness com Webbwood power plant awaits MNR approval Guardian co uk Poo power to the people A German town will become the first in the world to be powered by animal waste when it launches a biogas network this year Lünen north of Dortmund will use cow and horse manure as well as other organic material from local farms to provide cheap and sustainable electricity for its 90 000 residents Biogas is already used around the world it will power buses in Oslo from September but Lünen claims to be the only town to build a dedicated biogas network TheWhig com Kingston s innovation hub Innovation Park at Queen s University opened in June 2008 but I only had a vague idea of its purpose and involvement in alternative energy and environmental research fields I was also intrigued by the growing presence of alternative energy enterprises locating in Kingston and the area the 475 million Wolfe Island wind farm the announcement Everbrite Solar had selected Kingston as the site for a new state of the art high efficiency photovoltaic manufacturing facility plus a host of smaller startup companies in the green energy field locating in Kingston RenewableEnergyWorld com Could Ontario Be the Next Germany If the Green Energy and Green Economy Act Bill 150 is passed as expected in May 2009 Ontario will become the first North American jurisdiction with an incentive system modeled after German feed in tariffs FITs according to incentive expert Paul Gipe With proposed tariffs of up to 80 2 CAN cents kWh US 0 64 kWh 0 47 kWh for solar power generation fixed and guaranteed for 20 years the province would have the most favorable incentives currently available worldwide for roof mounted systems below 100 kW More lucrative even than current German incentives under the Renewable Energy Sources Act EEG NorthernOntarioBusiness com Forestry waste could produce energy A new renewable source of energy is all around us just waiting to be capitalized upon Biomass plant material vegetation chipped wood and agricultural waste is a permanent natural resource in Northern Ontario WindsorStar com Lakeshore wants piece of 348 9M fed funding Lakeshore is hoping to become the first county municipality to tap into a 348 9 million federal community adjustment fund to diversity local economies and create new jobs Administrator Ruth Coursey got council support Tuesday to put 35 000 into developing the job creation program Becoming a green energy manufacturing centre focusing on wind turbines or solar panels could be one approach for Lakeshore Coursey said Helping local industries to retool for the future is part of the strategy she said WindsorStar com Wind turbines approved Town council approved rezonings Monday for a 30 million wind turbine project that received no objections from neighbours and could be under construction by the fall The St Joachim Wind Farm is being developed by Wind Prospect Inc north of County Road 42 between County Road 22 and County Road 31 Wind Prospect CEO Helen Plowman was optimistic about a fall start on the six turbines with approvals already received for connection to the hydro grid and for payment of the power generated under the standard offer program of the Ontario Power Authority Town planner Tom Storey said a small airstrip is located northwest of the turbine project but no formal objections were received OttawaCitizen com Compromise in the wind The wind turbine that Graham Findlay wants to put in his Island Park area backyard has been described as comparable to a flagpole in terms of noise and appearance So why all the fuss It s fair to ask about safety noise and esthetics but even in the case of backyard turbines it s hard to believe that these are insurmountable obstacles WindsorStar com Getting wind of work Remember those massive wind turbines shipped through Windsor for three months last spring on convoys of flatbed trucks escorted by police The 44 turbines bound for a 200 million wind farm in Chatham Kent were made in Europe But they could be made here in our shrinking factories by our laid off skilled workers providing jobs and revenue and diversifying our economy Guardian co uk Wales plans for energy self sufficiency with renewables in 20 years Wales today laid out radical plans to make it one of the most energy and resource efficient countries in the world within a generation The government development plans which are legally binding are far in advance of anything planned for England or Scotland and would see it become energy self sufficient in using renewable electricity within 20 years and reduce waste to zero by 2050 TheStar com Schools get 50 million green boost St Basil the Great College School is a step closer to building a windmill on its front lawn after the Ontario government announced it is providing 50 million to help schools go green The money will encourage school boards to cut down heating cooling and energy bills by installing technologies such as solar panels geothermal systems and small scale wind projects Energy Minister George Smitherman said yesterday at St Basil s in North York Schools that go green will not only save money on energy and natural gas bills they can also make money by selling electricity back to the grid through feed in tariffs he added The 50 million committed yesterday is in addition to the 550 million announced in April to retrofit schools especially older buildings in need of new boilers and windows to save energy and create nearly 5 000 temporary jobs Guardian co uk Taiwan s solar stadium 100 powered by the sun Taiwan recently finished construction on an incredible solar powered stadium that will generate 100 of its electricity from photovoltaic technology Designed by Toyo Ito the dragon shaped 50 000 seat arena is clad in 8 844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3 300 lux The project will officially open later this year to welcome the 2009 World Games On days where the stadium is not being used the Taiwanese government plans to feed the extra energy into the local grid where it will meet almost 80 of the neighboring area s energy requirements Overall the stadium will generate 1 14 million KWh per year preventing the release of 660 tons of carbon dioxide into atmosphere annually WindsorStar com Wartime homes get green retrofits The Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation on Tuesday celebrated the first stage of its plan to turn a series of modest yellow and brick homes green helping the environment and fixed income families deal with otherwise rising energy bills The practical approach taken to conserving energy in this first home is innovative in its simplicity Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation CEO Jim Steele said We expect to see a reduction of almost 60 per cent in energy use and several tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions TheStar com Niagara gets ready for wind Manufacturers in the Niagara Region convinced that the Great Lakes will become the centre of an offshore wind development boom in the coming years have already started marking their turf The Niagara Industrial Association is expected to announce this morning that it is working closely with a consortium of offshore wind developers to establish a local supply chain for manufacturing and assembling components for offshore wind turbines ParentCentral ca Two schools to get solar panels Toronto schools will soon become private generators as part of a plan to retrofit empty rooftops with solar panels starting this summer By September 50 solar panels will cover the roofs of Hillcrest Community School and William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate the first step toward an ambitious plan to implement a renewable energy grid across the city s 558 public schools We have schools in virtually every neighbourhood in the entire city You have this vacant space on all the rooftops These would be the perfect locations to really create a green grid across the city said Toronto trustee Josh Matlow who will announce the project s launch at a news conference today TheStar com Town unruffled over wind farm In Missouri wind farms don t seem to stir up much debate as in Ontario where some Toronto residents oppose a Toronto Hydro plan to put a string of wind turbines in Lake Ontario about two kilometres offshore from Scarborough Just outside Rock Port s city limits another 100 turbines sit on farmland and feed power to the rest of the state The towers have generated little opposition They re no different than a radio or cellphone tower No one has said anything negative about the way they look Seaman said I think anything can detract from the landscape but I don t think the wind farm is truly offensive NYTimes com Promoting Renewable Energy Is Focus of New Agency In Sharm el Sheik Egypt delegates from 79 countries will meet next month to choose a home a director and a preliminary work program for the International Renewable Energy Agency which was set up this year to lead a global drive to accelerate and expand the development of renewable energy resources The agency grew out of a conference in Bonn on Jan 26 which was sponsored by the German government with support from Denmark and Spain Of the 192 United Nations member states invited 125 sent delegations and 75 European and emerging countries signed on to the final agreement establishing the agency also known as IRENA TheStar com Utilities energized by the possibilities More than 200 households in Milton got to test drive the future of power management last year and the results show that homeowners given the right tools and motivations are more than capable of conserving energy TheSuburyStar com Turning slag into energy Old mine sites and tailings ponds often earn a bad environmental reputation These brown fields however are cultivating two locally grown ideas to create sources used to make bioethanol and biodiesel Local researchers have experimented with growing crops at Vale Inco s Copper Cliff operation and at Goldcorp s Porcupine mine in Timmins The first goal was to see if it would grow If you seeded these crops would anything take and more importantly would it then produce something that was usable explained Ashley Scott a technical director at Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corp MIRARCO The answer was yes It looks very promising Guradian co uk Green feed in tariff needs to maximise solar power April 2010 could be a major milestone in the UK s attempts to deliver a low carbon economy Assuming all goes well that is the date when the government will introduce new feed in tariffs where a price premium is paid to homeowners schools and businesses for every unit of electricity they generate from small scale renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaics PV wind and micro hydro power TheStar com Noise protesters howling about windfarm Researchers from Holland s University of Groningen and Gothenburg University in Sweden conducted a mail in survey of 725 rural Dutch residents living 17 metres to 2 1 kilometres from the nearest wind turbine The survey received 268 responses and while most acknowledged hearing the swishing sound that wind turbines make the vast majority 92 per cent said they were satisfied with their living environment Perhaps most telling is that those most annoyed by turbine noises had a negative view of wind turbines to begin with while those least annoyed gained economically by having turbines on their land or owning shares in a community wind turbine venture The study also concluded there was no indication that the sound from wind turbines had an effect on respondents health The study s findings suggest that those drawing a link between their health and the nearness of an unsightly and annoying wind turbine may be suffering from a nocebo effect Just as the placebo effect makes a sick individual feel better after taking a sugar pill disguised as medication the nocebo effect would make a healthy individual feel sick after taking a sugar pill disguised as medication with supposed side effects The effect has been studied as it relates to people living near cellphone towers or hydro lines French newspaper Journal de Dimanche wrote in April about a household in Paris that blamed three recently installed cellphone antennas in the area for causing headaches nosebleeds and a metallic taste in the mouths of some residents It would be a plausible explanation but for one detail The antennas were never activated Guardian co uk Villagers stun developers by demanding extra turbine When residents of the village of Fintry in Stirlingshire first heard about plans for a wind farm in the hills above them their reaction took the developer by surprise Instead of opposing the scheme the villagers asked the company to build an extra turbine and sell it to them to try to make the community one of the greenest in the UK The Fintry turbine has now been operating for more than a year and has already earned 140 000 for the villagers money that has been put aside for energy efficiency schemes Around half of the 300 households have already had roof and cavity wall insulation fitted and some residents have seen their heating bills cut by hundreds of pounds a year When the loan on the 2 5m turbine is paid off Fintry could be making up to 500 000 a year from the electricity its turbine feeds into the National Grid YorkRegion com Theatre looking bright Over the last year Markham Theatre staff has gone retrofit crazy by converting 747 light bulbs without the help of an upscale stylist The extensive retrofit completed last fall as part of the ongoing renovation that began in 2007 provides a refreshing interior appearance in time to usher in the much anticipated silver anniversary season launch to be announced soon TheStar com Plucking low hanging fruit on energy tree Guardian co uk RSPB embraces wind of change with its very own turbine After years of barely concealed antipathy the RSPB and the wind energy industry have today put the symbolic seal on their recent cessation of hostilities with the installation of the first RSPB wind turbine The small scale 15kW turbine has been installed at the RSPB s Rainham Marshes visitor centre in Purfleet Essex and together with a solar array already located at the site is expected to provide enough energy to meet the centre s requirements cutting its carbon footprint by 9 000kg a year The RSPB is often most visual when objecting to wind turbine proposals he said However wind power has a valuable role to play in contributing towards the UK s renewable energy needs and can do so without harming wildlife The wind turbine at Rainham Marshes is an excellent example of this The move comes a month after the RSPB released a study calling on the government to accelerate the rollout of onshore wind farms and urging it to develop a wildlife sensitivity map that it argued would make it easier for wind developers to select sites that pose minimal risks to bird life The study was interpreted in some quarters as a declaration of peace to the UK wind energy industry which has been repeatedly frustrated by the conservation group s opposition to numerous wind farm developments TheStar com Feeling the heat beneath your feet Geothermal pipes loop down into the Earth and transfer heat in winter cool in summer TheStar com Our schools can be leaders in energy efficiency Large flat rooftops are ideal locations for solar thermal and photovoltaic systems and sports fields are excellent places to install geothermal systems for heating and cooling The energy consumed in schools can also be managed more efficiently Occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors can cut down on non essential lighting and smart thermostats can do a better job of balancing heating and cooling requirements Major work can be done with minimal disruption during summer break Ontario Power Authority Renewable Energy Supply Survey Results The Ontario Power Authority has conducted a renewable energy supply survey to better understand the near term development potential of renewable projects The survey results indicated a potential of 15 128MW of renewable energy supply which is more than half of Ontario s total electricity supply TheStar com The answer s still blowin in the wind turbine TheGlobeAndMail com What a biogas Next week the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will play host to Discovery 09 a gathering of thousands of high tech researchers and business types all looking for ways to take the latest ideas as organizers are fond of saying from mind to market TheGlobeAndMail com A green offshoot of recession The global recession presents a golden opportunity to go green says a British economist known for his clear eyed analysis of the costs and benefits of tackling global warming Now is the time to invest in technology and make deep cuts in carbon emissions amid a growing body of scientific evidence pointing to dire consequences without urgent action says Nicholas Stern head of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics The arrival of the recession actually strengthens the argument Lord Stern said in a phone interview from Washington At times of recession it s cheaper to invest because there s less pressure on resources TorontoLife com A Mighty Wind As some European cities have learned citizen buy in is key Copenhagen s Middel grunden offshore wind farm located just off the city s harbour has been remarkably well received thanks to a strong public information campaign and an innovative ownership strategy When they first heard about the project residents were worried about their view of the harbour the farm s impact on aquatic life low frequency noise pollution and potential disruptions to the shipping industry among other things To alleviate their concerns the city undertook a comprehensive environmental assessment and included residents in every step of the process They even organized a field trip to another wind farm which eliminated fears about noise Later studies also dealt with the concern about migratory birds which clever beings that they are tend to avoid wind turbines as do ships It was eventually agreed that the turbines would be placed three kilometres from shore and laid out in an arc thus mirroring the shape of the historic defences surrounding the city Today the Middelgrunden farm is co owned with the municipal utility company by 8 500 Danes who bought 40 500 shares at 568 euros each The project provides clean renewable energy to more than 40 000 homes This model is common across Denmark a country that derives 20 per cent of its total energy mix from wind approximately 70 per cent of all turbines there are owned by private investors TheStar com Warming up to Sunshine Natural gas utility Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc and green electricity retailer Bullfrog Power Inc have teamed up on a pilot project that aims to install 1 200 residential solar hot water systems in Ontario within the next two years The two companies will launch the project in Ottawa today in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and solar thermal equipment maker EnerWorks Inc of Dorchester Ont TheStar com Some homebuyers are green with envy WindsorStar com Kingsville approves wind farms OttawaCitizen com Common sense eco warrior TheStar com Kortright provides green education SaultStar com Windmill health worries appear to bypass Sault While some Ontarians are complaining that their proximity to wind turbines are having negative health impacts on them no health complaints have been filed locally officials say Noise and vibrations from the massive structures are reportedly causing sleep disruptions and other health problems for residents living near wind farms in other parts of Ontario But with one of the largest commercial wind farms in Canada at the Sault s doorstep the Brookfield Power Corp 400 million farm doesn t appear to be creating havoc for area residents WSJ com FERC Chairman We Don t Need No Stinkin Nukes So is this just crazy talk or is there something to it Mr Wellinghoff didn t seem to be saying that renewable energy like wind and solar power would exactly replace baseload generation like nuclear and coal the way electricity is generated and distributed today He pitched for more distributed power that is more local generation and consumption of energy And future demand for power should be less if energy efficiency measures are implemented he said In that sense renewable energy can become more like baseload power Mr Wellinghoff said By making the power grid smarter able to juggle different levels of supply and demand it can overcome some of the intermittency associated with clean energy such as wind and solar When the wind blows in one place that power can be sent to the doldrums for example Same with solar power RenewableEnergyWorld com Storing Renewable Energy on the Smart Grid Storage is considered the holy grail of clean technologies especially as it relates to the deployment of renewable energy If we truly want to clean up the grid and make it smarter all kinds of storage technologies will need to be considered In this podcast Stephen Lacey takes a look at a couple storage methods that will enable the transformation of the electricity delivery system TheWhig com Environmental centre a wonderful idea TheGlobeAndMail com Power to and from the people The smart grid is a vision of what the future system could be a multi directional flow of electricity and information where individuals and businesses could feed electricity back into the grid as well as receiving it A variety of different technologies from sensors and monitors to automation and communications technology could improve the reliability and safety of the system for instance avoiding major blackouts help incorporate renewable electricity generation such as solar and wind into the grid and allow consumers to make informed decisions about their electricity use TheGlobeAndMail com Practising what he preaches Mr Goldberg is especially proud of the work he s done on rooftop solar projects he created a neighbourhood group called the West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy to make it easier for residents to get solar systems installed easily at a good price In all 100 systems were purchased in Mr Goldberg s immediate neighbourhood TheStar com Renewable electricity seen filling half of grid Wind sun biomass and water power could provide up to half of the province s electricity supply over the next few years based on the number of green projects currently on the drawing board according to results of an industry survey released yesterday by the Ontario Power Authority The province s electricity system planning agency found that there are 150 energy developers with 381 projects in various stages of development Those projects it calculated represent 15 128 megawatts of renewable energy supply that has near term development potential OttawaCitizen com Green power projects going to happen Smitherman Ontario s energy minister says he understands some people are opposed to alternative electricity projects in their areas but that the provincial government is committed to green energy and these projects are going to happen George Smitherman made the comment Friday at an Energy Ottawa hydro generating station where he was talking up the province s Green Energy and Economy Act which is designed to encourage new large and small renewable energy projects and create jobs TheStar com Wind man of India sets sights on Ontario Asia s largest maker of wind turbines is seriously sizing up the Ontario market as a potential home for new manufacturing citing what it considers the right combination of policies infrastructure and local activity Tulsi Tanti founder and chair of Suzlon Energy Ltd told the Star in an exclusive interview yesterday that the Ontario government s proposed Green Energy Act is a very strong initiative that helps set the province apart from other jurisdictions in North America The decision to enter Canada he said could come soon Based on our analysis 2010 is the right time for us to start business operations in the Canadian market TheSudburyStar com Generating stations will double production New generating stations are in the works for three locations on the Upper Mattagami River including the Sandy Falls site the Wawaitan site the Lower Sturgeon site and one other station the Hound Chute site on the Montreal River Project manager Ed Dobrowolski said the capacity of the four generating stations today is 22 megawatts Following redevelopment those stations will be pumping out 44 megawatts of electricity Nugget ca Municipal fears unfounded Smitherman Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman downplayed concerns Wednesday municipalities will lose authority over planning applications for renewable energy projects under proposed new legislation Smitherman in North Bay to promote the province s proposed Green Energy Act acknowledged municipal concerns that the standardizing of project approvals under the bill will leave cities and towns without a say in matters of land use planning for renewable energy projects But Smitherman said the province through the act is trying to establish a single standard in Ontario while doing away with the patchwork that currently exists And he suggested municipalities will ultimately see that their fears are unfounded SaultStar com Green Energy Act attracts attention More than a dozen regional groups and individuals provided comment at the Standing Committee on General Government public hearings at Algoma s Water Tower Inn into the government s plan to attract investment into renewable energy TheStar com Energy industry casts doubt on green collar jobs How serious is the Ontario government about creating 50 000 green collar jobs within three years That s the question many power developers are asking now that details of a proposed green energy purchase program are beginning to emerge They say the program s draft rules make unrealistic assumptions about the cost of financing projects and stray too far from the European model it s attempting to emulate Guardian co uk UK risks missing out on thousands of green jobs report warns The UK risks missing out on tens of thousands of jobs in the offshore wind industry unless the government gives greater support to the sector a report warned today The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR said the UK must rapidly expand its offshore wind capacity or it would fail to meet the legally binding target of sourcing 15 of energy from renewables by 2020 With wind expected to meet the lion s share of that target there is an opportunity to create up to 70 000 long term jobs in the industry in parts of the country where they are most needed the report said TheWhig com Build now save later A city councillor says that if Kingston is going to tout itself as a sustainable city it should look at building renewable energy generating facilities to power city owned buildings Building one large facility or several smaller ones could end up saving the city money in the future Councillor Mark Gerretsen said If the idea is successful the city sells excess energy back to the province and generate revenue he said With the rebates and programs out there we can pay off the capital investment and in the end it can come at no cost to the taxpayer Gerretsen said TheStar com Costing green energy NYTimes com No Drill Baby Drill As we debate a new energy future we need to remember that nature provides this incredible range of economic services from carbon

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    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 Events Event Listings Events Event Listings OSEA Events Sort by All Events OSEA Events Energy Drinks February 2016 When Wednesday February 17 2016 from 6 30PM to 8 30PM Where Grace O Malley s Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street Toronto ON OSEA and Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks is an opportunity to advance your business while engaging in interesting conversations on current issues and events in the sector every third Wednesday of the month OSEA Policy Workshops for Members and Supporters When Various dates see description for details Where Across Ontario see description for details The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is conducting a workshop series to review its policy positions and long term policy strategy The goal of the workshop series is to get feedback from the OSEA membership and the larger OSEA network on its current positions to ensure that they reflect the interests needs and views of the membership OSEA Annual General Meeting

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    a program theme related to current and emerging issues A wide range of sessions provide delegates with the opportunity to learn and network to then take back to their respective communities new ideas and solutions Energy Drinks August 2015 When Wednesday August 19 2015 from 6 00PM to 10 00PM Where Grace O Malley s Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street Toronto ON OSEA and Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks is an opportunity to advance your business while engaging in interesting conversations on current issues and events in the sector every third Wednesday of the month Energy Drinks July 2015 When Wednesday July 15 2015 from 6 30PM to 10 30PM Where Grace O Malley s Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street Toronto ON OSEA and Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks is an opportunity to advance your business while engaging in interesting conversations on current issues and events in the sector every third Wednesday of the month 9th Toronto Global Forum Pan American Edition When July 8 10 2015 Where 100 Front St West Toronto Ontario M5J 1E3 The Toronto Global Forum presents significant opportunities for synergies between stakeholders speakers business delegations and attendees onsite Over 2000 participants and 100 speakers are expected World Premiere of The Watershed When July 7 to July 19 2015 Where Part documentary part political thriller and part road trip this play is unlike anything you ve seen before Co produced by award winning theatre companies Crow s Theatre Toronto and Porte Parole Montreal The Watershed follows an artist and a country struggling to chart a sustainable course between economic growth and environmental stewardship TREC Education School s Out event When Wednesday June 24 2015 Where Come for an evening of networking performance by stand up Comedian Sean Cullen and much more as we raise a glass and funds for TREC Education a registered charity that educates and inspire people across Ontario about renewable energy and energy conservation Kingston Community Energy Café When Tuesday June 22 2015 from 6 30PM to 8 30PM Where The Tett Centre Malting Tower Meeting Room The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning 370 King Street West Kingston Ontario K7L 2X4 Over the next 16 months the City of Kingston will work with community leaders citizens and key stakeholders in the Kingston economic and energy sectors to develop Kingston s first Community Energy Plan GPRO Construction Management When June 23 and 24 2015 from 8 30am to 5 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 What s involved in Construction Activity Pollution Prevention CAPP What s included in a Construction Indoor Air Quality plan or a Construction Waste Management plan GPRO Construction Management CM explains the essential role CMs play on a sustainable construction project GPRO trained construction management staff can qualify for a LEED point for New Construction projects under LEED Pilot Credit 81 Design Your Own Sustainable Home When June 20 and 21 2015 from 9 30am to 4 30pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 The dream of designing and building one s own home is one of the most deeply held desires in our culture The dream of designing and building a sustainable home marries that desire with a wish to live lightly and affordably on the planet This workshop lead by Endeavour Centre s Chris Magwood will benefit homeowners who are considering a new build or building professionals who are interested in expanding their services to include sustainable building practices Lunch Seminar Climate Change Carbon Pricing Ontario s Cap and Trade Announcement When Thursday June 18 2015 from 11 30AM to 1 30PM Where Bennett Jones Office 34th Floor 100 King Street West Toronto Ontario M5X 1A4 Come to a lunch seminar on Climate Change Carbon Pricing Ontario s Cap and Trade Announcement with guest speaker Tom Rand Energy Drinks June 2015 When Wednesday June 17 2015 from 6 30pm Where Grace O Malley s Irish Pub 14 Duncan Street Toronto ON OSEA and Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks is an opportunity to advance your business while engaging in interesting conversations on current issues and events in the sector every third Wednesday of the month IRENA Mobile App Launch Webinar When Tuesday June 16 2015 from 10 00AM to 11 30AM Where Online IRENA will be hosting a webinar for the release of its the Global Atlas pocket an app that enables anyone with a smart phone to prospect for renewable energy projects anywhere on the planet for free It is the most advanced tool of its kind and allows any mobile device to be turned into a prospecting tool for renewable energy opportunities Windfall Ecology Festival 2015 When Saturday and Sunday June 13 14 2015 Where Fairy Lakes Park Newmarket Ontario Through over 200 dynamic exhibits stimulating entertainment performers and speakers Windfall Ecology Festival fosters public awareness about opportunities for environmental change It spurs people to take the initiative in making their homes businesses and communities more ecologically advanced and environmentally sound while encouraging meaningful activation and participation Visit to Germany Building Integrated PV Fact Finding When June 8 to June 11 2015 Where Germany Participate in a fact finding business trip for Canadian decision makers from the BIPV solar sector to Germany from June 8 11 2015 The four day fact finding visit is intended for all parties interested in learning more about state of the art German technologies in the field of Building Integrated Photovoltaics Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems Workshop When June 7 2015 from 10 00am 04 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge Ontario L4L 1A6 The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes Canadian German Conference on Renewable Energies in Buildings When Friday May 29 2015 from 8 30AM to 12 30PM Where Allstream Center 105 Princes Blvd Toronto ON M6K 3C3 The aim of this half day seminar is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between architects urban planners civil engineers product designers technicians and representatives of the solar biomass heating geothermal energy property and financial industries Silent Partners NobbyNet Future Cities Lecture When Thursday May 28 2015 from 6 00 pm 8 00 pm Where The Center for Social Innovation Spadina Location 215 Spadina Avenue Suite 120 Toronto Ontario M5T 2C7 Only unthinkable but perhaps probable NobbyNet is designed to withstand all natural perils An alternative is reimagined here for a self reliant future cities to produce its own food energy economy and places to live learn work and play Come learn more about the future of urban design in this lecture 5th International 100 Renewable Energy Conference Call for Papers When Thursday to Saturday May 28 30 2015 Where Gülsuyu Mah Nar Sok E 5 yanyol Maltepe stanbul Gülsuyu Subway Station Tel 90 216 589 36 00 Solar Energy and all the Renewable Energies have recently become the leading electric power investments in the world More than 50 of all new power installations worldwide were made from solar PV wind turbines bio power and others As a result of mass production renewable sources of electricity have become mainstream The global perspective of a 100 electricity supply from the clean Renewable Energies becomes a reality The IRENEC 201 meeting in Istanbul Turkey will bring together experts representatives of the government and the energy sector with several invited guests from abroad Solar Ontario 2015 When Monday to Wednesday May 25 27 2015 Where Fallsview Casino Resort 6380 Fallsview Blvd Niagara Falls ON L2G Solar Ontario has expanded to a two day pure conference format providing the opportunity for top industry professionals to delve deeper into the main issues facing the province s solar energy industry The conference will provide an unparalleled forum for new policy ideas and technology to be shared amongst the community and help pave the way for Ontario s promising solar future Solar Professional Training Course When May 25 29 2015 from 10 00am to 4 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 Want to join the growing solar energy marketplace Join us for a five day Solar Professional Training Program that includes theory hands on laboratory and installation components that can prepare you to write the NABCEP North American Board Certified of Energy Practitioners entry level certification exam Canada Trade Mission Explore Opportunities in Philippines When Sunday to Thursday May 24 28 2015 Where The Philippines Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada DFATD is organizing a Canada Trade Mission to Manila and Cebu Philippines May 24 to 28 2015 Th is mission to the Philippines a priority country under the Global Markets Action Plan GMAP will be led by the Honourable Ed Fast Minister of International Trade accompanied by Senator Tobias C Enverga Jr May 2015 Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks Toronto When May 20 2015 at 6 30 PM Where Grace O Malley s 14 Duncan St Toronto ON M5H 3G8 Join us for this special Energy Drinks event to celebrate the work that outgoing Executive Director Kristopher Stevens has done for OSEA in the past 8 years BIO Energy 2015 When Wednesday May 20 to Thursday May 21 2015 Where Allstream Centre 105 Princes Blvd Toronto ON M6K 3C3 BIO Energy is an annual exhibition and conference that connects key players in the biofuels and bioenergy value chain From feedstock to fuel researchers to consumers BIO Energy is the new platform for the best brightest and most innovative minds to come together and shape the North American bioeconomy as we work towards a sustainable energy future Windsor Green Economy Network Roundtable When Tuesday May 19 2015 from 9 30AM to 8 30PM Where Unifor Local 200 444 1855 Turner Road Windsor Ontario The Green Economy Network will be hosting a daytime round table discussion and evening public meeting Come join the Green Economy Network member groups in a discussion on how we can work together to create One Million Climate Jobs and build a sustainable future Webinar Latin America and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Opportunities When May 14 2015 beginning at 10 00 a m eastern Canada time Where Internet The Government of Ontario s International Trade Branch is offering a webinar with presentations from international financial institution experts who will discuss the outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean s renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors The presenters include the World Bank Inter American Development Bank and Export Development Canada Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum When Wednesday to Friday May 13 to 15 2015 Where Vancouver Four Seasons Hotel 791 W Georgia Street Vancouver BC V6C 2T4 The Global Learning Forum will highlight jurisdictions leading in renewable energy adoption and energy efficiency in their electricity heating cooling or transportation sectors The Forum will also bring key city and utility staff together with the private sector civil society and researchers to participate in a solutions focused dialogue GPRO Mechanical HVAC R Training Course Exam When May 12 and 13 2015 from 09 00am to 05 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 Heating ventilation and air conditioning account for over 40 of the energy used in buildings GPRO Mechanical HVAC R explains how to make HVACR equipment as efficient as possible while providing the same levels of comfort to occupants GPRO Mechanical HVAC R gives experienced construction professionals the critical tools needed to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices Volunteer Summer Internship Opportunities at OSEA When Friday May 8 2015 from 9 15 am 12 30 pm Where Centre for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Avenue 4th Floor Think Tank Room OSEA would like to meet you on a drop in first come first serve basis and find out about your interests areas of expertise and availability We are currently looking for help in the following areas Event Management Grant Writing Fundraising Administration Minute taking Web site management Database development Ontario s Future Nuclear or Renewable When Thursday May 7 from 7PM to 9PM Where Friends House 60 Lowther St George subway behind OISE We phased out coal But now Ontario is moving forward with rebuilding 10 nuclear reactors 4 at Darlington and 6 at Bruce locking us into nuclear for another 4 decades endangering our Great Lakes and putting us all into deep debt Fortunately there are lower cost and lower emission options to meet all our electricity needs in ON What are the climate implications of nuclear vs renewables What are the dangers of nuclear power What are other countries doing Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy Open House When Thursday April 30 2015 from 2 30 PM to 4 30 PM Where Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University 147 Dalhousie St Toronto ON M5B 2R2 Come see the Centre for Urban Energy CUE at Ryerson University This is an academic industry partnership that is exploring and developing sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges such as the advancement of smart grid technologies energy policy and regulatory issues storage electric vehicles net zero homes and renewables Organic Farming Presentation When Thursday April 30 2015 6 00 pm to 8 00 pm Where The Center for Social Innovation Spadina Location 215 Spadina Avenue Suite 120 Toronto Ontario M5T 2C7 Are you looking to start growing food in the city and have healthier options During this presentation you will learn more about the organic sector and how to have a simple and low cost organic garden It will also highlight That an abundance of food can be grown in cities like Toronto The types of edible flowers that can be grown Individuals can save money on food and water It will improve your overall health Mindfirst Lunch Seminar Ontario Capacity Auction When Wednesday April 29 2015 Where Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 40 King Street West 44th floor Toronto Ontario Join a discussion on April 29 for an analysis of the feasibility of an Ontario capacity auction to help meet the province s electricity system resource needs How to Have a Healthy Home Workshop When April 28 2015 from 07 00pm 09 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 You want the best for your family and you do your best to make sure that they are healthy and safe In Canada we spend over 90 of our time indoors so our home s indoor environment is a key element to our overall health In addition your home is one of the biggest investments so understanding how it works is a crucial first step in learning how to take care of it Earth Day Solar Ribbon Cutting in Brant County When Wednesday April 22 2015 at 1 00PM Where 944 Powerline Road Brant ON As we honour ouor planet this Earth Day you are invited to join us as we celebrate the launch of two exciting solar projects in County of Brant Brant Sports Complex Solar and BGI Graphics solar Special April Energy Drinks Earth Day Green Drinks Party 2015 When Wednesday April 22 2015 6 30 10 00PM Where Rock n Horse Saloon 250 Adelaide Street West Toronto ON M5H 1X6 Canada CALLING ALL GREEN PROFESSIONALS Get your Earth Day on Municipal LRP 1 RFP Education Webinar When April 21 2015 at 10 30 am Where Online call in details to be provided upon registration OSS is Ontario s premier advisor for community participation and community owned energy We will execute an education campaign targeting all of Ontario s municipalities The purpose of this campaign is to educate and enable municipalities to be owners and leaders in the ongoing LRP process rather than just willing hosts for large renewable energy projects owned by developers Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems Workshop When April 19 2015 from 10 00am 04 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge Ontario L4L 1A6 The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes Tree Planting with CCO Friends of the Rouge Watershed When Saturday April 18 2015 at 9 00AM Where Rouge Park Buffers 1749 Meadowvale Road Scarborough ON M1X 1R2 Come join CCO and Friends of the Rouge Watershed in a community tree planting event Help make our watersheds ecosystems and communities healthier Together we can give nature a voice and a helping hand Intro to Solar and Wind Energy Electric Systems When Saturday April 18 2015 from 10 00am to 4 00pm Where 9550 Pine Valley Dr Woodbridge ON L4L 1A6 This introductory level workshop is designed to provide participants with the fundamentals solar and wind energy production including theory and system components The course will also cover various aspects of system siting performance optimization best practices costing and government incentives Micro FIT program This course would benefit avid homeowners who are considering an installation for their own home or for professionals who are interested in entering the renewable energy field Oxford CEC Investor Meeting When Thursday April 16 2015 from 6 30PM to 8 30PM Where Woodstock Museum 466 Dundas Street Woodstock ON The Oxford Community Energy Co op OCEC and Prowind Canada Inc partners in Gunn s Hill LP are pleased to announce that our 18 MW Gunn s Hill Wind Farm in Oxford County has been granted Renewable Energy Approval by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change This critical milestone allows the project to move toward construction and has been eagerly anticipated by OCEC s growing list of investors CEP Toronto Presents The Big Picture A Holistic Approach to Career Development When Thursday April 16 2015 from 6 30 PM 9 30 PM Where The Office Pub 117 John St Toronto ON M5H 1Y2 Are you a recent graduate stagnated in your current role or looking to get into the environmental sector CEP Toronto is excited to present its 1st event of the year on April 16th at the Office Pub Developing your career in the environmental sector can be challenging given its continued growth and redefinition Our Career Development Workshop will take a holistic approach to career development The event will focus on 4 core aspects career definition network development career pursuit and entrepreneurship 4th Annual Ontario Power Conference When Wednesday and Thursday April 14 15 2015 Where Hilton Double Tree 108 Chestnut Street Toronto ON M5G 1R3 Get Solutions for successfully operating in Ontario s uncertain and evolving power sector Many questions surround the province s power sector from the integration of the IESO and OPA to the viability of a capacity market On April 14 15 2015 CI Energy Group s 4th Annual Ontario Power Conference returns to shed light on these key issues This year s event will bring together leading experts and players from across the energy spectrum to ensure your organization is equipped to successfully operate in this ever changing environment The Secrets of Renewable Energy Biofuel Geothermal and Solar When Sunday April 12 2015 from 4 00 PM to 5 30 PM Where North York Civic Centre Committee Room 1 5100 Yonge Street North York ON M2N 5V7 How do you power your car with vegetable oil How does geo thermal energy provide heating for your home How could you benefit from solar energy What are some of the secrets of renewable energy Renewable energy is closer to us than you think The event will feature 3 speakers presenting topics in the renewable energy industry bio fuel geothermal and solar energy Everyone is welcome to attend learn and ask questions Act on Climate family friendly March When Saturday April 11 2015 at 1 pm Where Hotel le Concorde 1225 Cours du Général de Montcalm The premiers of some of Canada s largest provinces are meeting in Quebec City and climate action is their one and only agenda item On April 11 join the Act on Climate family friendly march Need a ride Buses are heading to Quebec City from several locations inside and outside Quebec and affordable accommodations are also available So if you haven t yet make plans to be in Quebec City this Saturday Energy Storage Supply Chain Workshop When Thursday April 9 2015 from 8AM to 6PM Where MaRS Centre Auditorium 101 College Street Toronto ON Please join the National Research Council Canada NRC and MaRS Discovery District for a day dedicated to information exchange collaboration and solution building across the entire Canadian Energy Storage Supply Chain Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 When April 8 to 9 2015 Where Digital Sandbox Network Center 55 Broad Street New York Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015 gives you the big picture on the dramatic transformation sweeping the energy industry Economic Literacy for Environmental Leaders When Tuesday afternoons from 1 00PM to 4 30PM between April 7 and June 16 Where Centre for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Avenue Toronto ON M5T 2C7 The Economic Literacy Project ELP launches this spring with a series of six day training workshops in Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation designed to build the capacity of environmental leaders to understand economic concepts and their role in a green economy GreenProfit Conference 2015 When Monday March 30 2015 Where Four Points By Sheraton 285 King Street East Kingston ON GreenProfit 2015 is for leading speakers and analysts from throughout the sustainable energy sector and has full program featuring six panel sessions and two keynote presentations There will be a presentation of the SWITCH Sustainable Energy Awards and great opportunities to network and generate leads for your business Natural Building Conference 2015 When Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29 2015 Where Camp Kawartha Environment Centre 2505 Pioneer Road Peterborough ON K9J 6Y1 Get excited about the 2015 Natural Building Conference There is a great two day schedule of presentations mini sessions and hands on workshops to be announced soon on the website of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition at http naturalbuildingcoalition ca Environmental Careers Discussion Panel When Thursday March 26 2015 Where The Center for Social Innovation Spadina Location 215 Spadina Avenue Suite 120 Toronto Ontario M5T 2C7 Are you looking to take the next step within the environmental sustainability field Or are you looking to get started Our diverse round table panel will discuss their movement within the environmental career sector how they got started and what they suggest to individuals in search of an environmental career The Conservation Council of Ontario are pleased to partner with Career Skills Incubator CSCI to promote green careers 6th Annual Ontario FIT and Renewable Energy Forum When Thursday March 26 2015 Where Delta Toronto Hotel 75 Lower Simcoe Street Toronto ON M5J 3A6 This year s Forum will offer the first opportunity to meet directly with all the key decision makers heading the new IESO following the merger of Ontario s system operator and power authority It will also provide targeted networking with stakeholders essential to project success in Ontario including First Nations community and municipal leaders Value of Biogas Workshops and Tours When March 25 and 26 2015 Where Courtyard Hamilton 1224 Upper James Street Hamilton ON L9C 3B1 The Biogas Association is proud to present a comprehensive new program this year that is designed to help potential new operators from different sectors understand the opportunity and benefits associated with biogas systems and address their concerns through detailed information and analysis and lessons learned from existing operators The events also meet the needs of operators with existing systems that are striving to learn more and optimize their systems The 2015 Value of Biogas Workshops Resources and Tours will bring together members invite the participation of non members and will help expand the industry The events will be held in Hamilton Ontario on The Commons Aboriginal Workshops When March 25 to 27 2015 Where The Commons Aboriginal Workshops are a series of in depth professional development forums Rather than focus on the broad outlines of topics each workshop delves intensively into a given topic utilizing a mixture of lectures role plays and experiential learning to actively develop the skills of participants Community Bond Showcase When Thursday March 19th from 6pm 9pm Where CSI Annex 720 Bathurst Toronto The Garage Join ZooShare CSI and SolarShare to learn how we are recycling zoo poo into power building social innovation a new home and installing large scale solar projects Learn about the history of Community Bonds hear an exciting industry update and be amazed at the power of community March Energy Drinks in partnership with Green Drinks Toronto When Wednesday March 18 2015 6 00 8 30PM Where Grace O Malleys 14 Duncan Street OSEA and Green Drinks Toronto invite you to join us for an evening of networking and the opportuntity to advance your business engage in interesting conversations and share experiences and business insights at Grace O Malley s at 6PM on March 18 2015 Green Drinks Sarnia When Wednesday March 11 2015 6 30pm Where Limbo Lounge back room 196 Christina St N Sarnia N7T 7W5 A social gathering and informal discussion of environmental issues People s Climate Movement Toronto When Monday March 2 2015 at 7 00 PM Where Toronto City Hall Council Chambers 100 Queen Street West Join the Toronto Climate Action Network and concerned residents on Monday March 2nd at 7pm at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers Chart a course for the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation which is part of the Department of Parks and Environment Committee Ontario s Environmental Bill of Rights Workshop When Monday March 2 and Friday March 6 2015 from 1 4 pm Where Sustainability Network 215 Spadina Avenue Ground Floor Connector Toronto ON This interactive workshop will introduce you to Ontario s Environmental Bill of Rights EBR a powerful toolkit for environmental change Whether your issues are wildlife or water taking permits alvars or air quality greenhouse gases or gravel pits you want to ensure you have the full range of tools at your disposal The EBR is designed to boost public engagement with Ontario s environmental laws and policies Littering More Than Meets The Eye Workshop When Thursday February 26 2015 from 6 00 pm to 7 30 pm Where The Center for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Avenue Suite 120 Toronto Ontario M5T 2C7 We all know littering is wrong Then why is there so much of it And what can be done to reduce its trail Come be part of an interactive experience unlike any other with litter expert and CCO member Sheila White A game to test your littering and recycling knowledge participatory music that entertains as it educates and Sheila s presentation on what is being done to fight litter here and around the world will leave you more aware and inspired to help the goal of lowering the overall rate of littering A presentation suitable for all ages Dollars to ense Energy Management Planning Workshop When Tuesday February 25 2015 All Day Workshop Where Lambton College Corporate Training Room North Build 1457 London Rd Sarnia ON N7S 6K4 Lambtons College s full day work shop in partnership with Natural Resources Canada was designed to teach how to Assemble an energy management team and build a strategic framework for energy management You will also learn to dentify and capitalize on immediate savings opportunities and develop cost saving energy management solutions We will help make make your organization a leader in energy efficiency and enhance your organization s reputation in your industry and the community Mindfirst Energy Seminar 2015 When Thursday February 19 2015 from 11 45 AM to 1 30 PM Where Bennett Jones 34th Floor One First Canadian Place Toronto Ontario M5X 1A4 As Ontario continues to expand its renewable energy program energy storage will become more important for managing the electricity grid Learn how energy storage facilitates the large scale deployment of renewables and much more at Mindfirst s upcoming seminar February 19 with Annette Verschuren Chair and CEO of NRStor 58th EDCO Conference and Showcase Connecting to Compete When February 10 12 2015 Where Hamilton Convention Centre 1 Summers Ln Hamilton ON L8P 4Y2 The EDCO Conference takes you out of the office and gives you the space to imagine create and discuss key issues facing economic developers with some of the most creative and strategic minds in the industry IESO Stakeholder Notice When January 20 and 22 2015 from 12 30PM to 4 30PM Where January 20 2015 Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel 101 Lyon Street North Ottawa ON K1R 5T9 January 22 2015 Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel 525 Bay Street Toronto ON M5G 2L2 The Independent Electricity System Operator IESO invites you to attend a meeting to discuss the proposed enhancements to the 2015 Feed In Tariff FIT and microFIT programs and to review the stakeholder feedback received on the draft Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals LRP I RFP Co Op Connections Six Can t Miss Opportunities When Multiple dates between January 15 and March 26 2015 Where Kingston January 14 Thunder Bay Feb 26 St Catharines March 4 Toronto March 7 London March 25 Sudbury March 26 If you are part of a co operative or credit union manger staff board member or volunteer or even just interested in learning about the co op scene you can t miss our Co op Connections conference series Speakers displays videos discussions and fun all focused on how we can strengthen and grow our movement for sustainable economic democracy This Nuclear Age A Series of Free Public Lectures When Wednesdays 4 00PM 6 00PM January 7 through April 1 2015 Where Department of Civil Engineering University of Toronto University College U of Toronto Rm 179 35 Saint George Street Toronto ON M5S 1A4 All are welcome Bring a friend Feel free to join the discussions with the speakers about This Nuclear Age Guest lecturers are experts who will address an undergraduate class in Health Studies at U of T Climb the Turbine Participant in Green Energy Doors Open When October 4 7 2014 Where WindShare Turbine Exhibition Place Toronto 1 Alberta Circle Toronto ON Canada M6K 3C3 Want a fun and challenging experience that your friends haven t had Want to be a trailblazer and make a real impact in the fight against climate change Ontario Energy Drinks Green Drinks Toronto When Wednesday September 17 2014 6 00 8 30pm Where Grace O Malleys 14 Duncan Street Starting in September Green Drinks Toronto and Ontario Energy Drinks will be working together to provide you a platform to network and mingle with like minded people from within and beyond your industries CanSIA Summer Solstice When Wednesday June 17 2015 from 5pm 7pm Where Jazz Bistro 251 Victoria St Toronto Summer Solstice is CanSIA s annual celebration of the solar energy industry Powering Prosperity Gala When Thursday January 23 2014 at 6 30pm Where La Primavera Banquet and Convention Centre 77 Woodstream Blvd Vaughan Ontario Dress code Business formal Join OSEA on Thursday January 23 2014 for an evening of networking entertainment and information with the who s who in the sustainable energy sector Ontario Energy Drinks Holiday Ping Pong Party When Tuesday December 10 2013 from 5 30p m Where SPiN TORONTO 461 King Street West Toronto ON Register Below Join OSEA and our sponsor Schneider Electric for a very special holiday party edition of our sustainable energy sector mixer FREE for OSEA Members Schneider Electric guests Come enjoy some holiday cheer and ping pong action Sponsored by SOCEC Members and Potential Members Meeting When Saturday November 23 2013 at 10 00 am 11 30 am Where TBA On November 23rd the Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co operative SOCEC invites its membership to a special members meeting Anyone who is interested in finding out more about sustainability and co operatives in Ontario is also cordially invited to join us Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long Term Energy Plan Part 2 When Thursday October 17 2013 from 10 00am 12 00pm EDT Where Online webinar Access details provided upon registration Register Below Join us on October 17th for the second part of our discussion on the expanding role of sustainable energy in Ontario These webinars feed our on going deliberations with the Ministry of Energy as it interprets the results of its formal consultation on the Long Term Energy Plan Our ideas will help shape our future energy system We want to hear from you Join OSEA and a panel of distinguished sector leaders as we discuss the status quo and the development of a collaborative vision for a cheaper firm portfolio of sustainable energy to heat cool power and move Ontario into prosperity Sponsored by Increasing Sustainable Energy in the Long Term Energy Plan When Thursday September 12 2013 from 10 00am 12 00pm EDT Where Online webinar Access details provided upon registration Register Below The Government of Ontario s Long Term Energy Plan LTEP is critical as it will be laying out the path for energy procurement in the province for the next four to five years With it energy generators will have to plan and adapt accordingly This web based panel discussion moderated by OSEA s Executive Director Kristopher Stevens provides a forum to solicit feedback from OSEA members and non members on how and if the LTEP should include an increased amount of sustainable energy Input from the webinar will help shape OSEA s submission to the Ministry of Energy for the Long Term Energy Plan Review What the WTO s Domestic Content Ruling Means for Ontario s Renewable Energy Sector When Thursday July 18 2013 from 9 30am 11 30am EDT Where Online webinar Access details provided on registration Did you set up a manufacturing facility in Ontario based on the OPA s domestic content requirements Are you wondering how the WTO s ruling will affect your business How will this affect the Renewable Energy Sector in Ontario as a whole Are there other options are available to you Join OSEA s moderator and its distinguished panelists on Thursday July 18 2013 at 9 30am for an online forum during which they ll address the benefits and downsides for Ontario as it moves away from domestic content regulations OSEA York University s Sustainable Energy Initiative Webinar Update from Fukushima featuring Tetsu Iida When Thursday June 6 2013 from 1 00 PM to 3 00 PM EDT Where Online webinar tune in to the event streamed live OR join in person The Robertson Building Centre for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Avenue suite 120 in the ground floor boardroom known as the Connector Featuring Tetsu Iida Director of Japan s Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy Tetsu lida will provide in this exclusive FREE event in Toronto also streamed online live an update of the current status of renewable energy in Japan and what is happening today in Fukushima OSEA York University s Sustainable Energy Initiative Webinar The Rise of Modern Wind Energy with Preben Maegaard When Thursday May 30 2013 from 1 00 PM to 3 00 PM EDT Where 215 Spadina Avenue Toronto Ontario CA Ground floor boardroom known as the Connector York University s Sustainable Energy Initiative SEI The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA present The Rise of Modern Wind Energy During his only talk in North America Prof Maegaard will provide our Toronto audience with an exclusive overview of this comprehensive new book plus he will answer questions from the media and invited guests Energy Efficiency in Ontario s Energy 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  • OSEA: Powering Prosperity Awards
    sponsors and supporters of Powering Prosperity 2016 For more than fourteen years OSEA has been at the vanguard of the energy sector working with organizations like yours to champion sustainable energy to power heat cool and move Ontario s prosperity creating good jobs resilient communities and healthy environments On Thursday January 28th 2016 we turned the spotlight on the champions of our sector honouring them during OSEA s annual Powering Prosperity Awards dinner at Fontana Primavera Hospitality and Convention Centre in Vaughan KEYNOTE SPEAKER Atul Mahajan is the President and CEO at Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation OPUC In his 30 year career across North America Europe Africa and Asia Atul has used his entrepreneurial spirit and extensive operational experience to bring innovations to companies in diverse industries As the CEO of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation Atul plays a pivotal role in the overall strategic and tactical operations of OPUC and its subsidiaries involved in energy distribution energy generation and telecom ventures Atul is leading the team at OPUC through a major cultural change and strategic initiative to achieve operational excellence in all its business lines In his career Atul has worked extensively in negotiating and establishing joint ventures

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    Download here Hard copy Member 10 00 13 50 S H e mail genevieve at ontario sea org to request a hard copy Non member 20 00 13 50 S H contact info at ontario sea org Nuclear Power Where s the Business Case The provincial finances are in grave shape Higher health care and education costs are looming There are precious few public dollars to spare This is the worst time to commit half of Ontario s future generation to nuclear and take on decades more of public debt Since we have surplus power and other base load supply options this is the time for all MPPs to pause reflect and insist that nuclear pay its own way without another cent in public subsidies Read our full report and get the facts Online Online Free Download here Hard copy Contact info at ontario sea org Initiating Your Co operative Solar PV Community Power Project This toolkit is designed for those interested in solar photovoltaic PV and renewable energy co operatives This resource kit will provide you with essential information on starting a co operative solar PV renewable energy project in your community Online Online Free Download here Hard copy Member 10 00 13 50 S H e mail info at ontario sea org to request a hard copy Non member 20 00 13 50 S H contact info at ontario sea org Thermal Storage Primer Draft Version for Stakeholder Comment The Energy Storage Working Group January 20 2011 Online Download Storage Working Group Briefing Paper Draft Version for Stakeholder Comment Prepared on behalf of the Energy Storage Working Group December 7 2010 Authored by Lynda O Malley Centennial Energy Institute Centennial College Appendix B contributed by Jesika Briones Research Analyst at MaRS Discovery District FERC Case Study Contributed by Dan Goldberger of the Canadian Electricity Association Online Download Green Energy ACTion Kit This kit was designed to help citizens advocate for a Green Energy Act in Ontario It includes suggestions for getting the message out and for applying the political pressure needed to nudge our political representatives in the right direction Online Online Free Download here Hard copy Member 10 00 13 50 S H e mail info at ontario sea org to request a hard copy Non member contact info at ontario sea org Last Updated Friday July 13 2012 at 2 08 15 PM Related Downloadable Files OSEA Brochure 582 243 bytes Championing an Affordable Firm Flexible Portfolio of Sustainable Energy OSEA s Community Support Resolution Tool 588 685 bytes OSEA s Community Support Resolution Tool equips project proponents with comprehensive data on their project s economic impact Community Engagement and Partnership Best Practices Summary of action research workshop 5 069 848 bytes A summary of the initiative s action research session on March 28th 2011 Building Capacity SearchFx Workshop White Paper Report 5 620 921 bytes This report is intended as a record of the discussions that occurred during the Building Capacity Through a Multi Skilling

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    action in communities across Ontario Topics range from starting a community power organization to connecting your renewable energy project to the Ontario grid OSEA is also available to host and facilitate strategic planning sessions Please contact info ontario sea org for more information Pricing information is available upon request Last Updated Tuesday March 06 2012 at 4 32 10 PM Related Items Centennial Energy Institute Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre Related Links Cambrian College s Energy Systems Technology program http www cambriancollege ca Programs Programs 201309ESTY HTM Canadian GeoExchange Coalition Accreditations Certifications http www geo exchange ca en accreditation program description p34 php CanSIA Education http www cansia ca Default aspx pageId 139831 CanWEA Education http www canwea com wind energy education e php CIFAL Findhorn http www cifalfindhorn org Sustainable Energy Training Course Clean Energy Classrooms http www cleanenergyclassrooms ca Green Collar Careers www greencollarcareers ca Lambton College Alternative Energy Engineering Technology http www lambton on ca Programs program html PROGCODE ALTE LASTRECORDID 1879 Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy http www folkecenter dk en St Lawrence College Energy Systems Engineering Technology http go ontario sea org zimzy St Lawrence College Geothermal Engineering Technician http go ontario sea org vzshf

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  • OSEA: Community Power
    operatives First Nations municipalities and other institutions working to develop local sustainable energy projects Anyone can become a Supporter member To qualify as a Champion or Enabler Member please see OSEA s Membership Criteria Ownership models vary within OSEA as does the percentage of local ownership In some cases OSEA s members have joint ventures with other members municipalities or utilities Members projects that retain 50 per cent control and equity still qualify as Community Power projects regardless of who the partner is and therefore have access to the Community Power Fund www cpfund ca Where did Community Power originate OSEA s inspiration for the development of the Community Power sector in Ontario stems from German and Danish experiences In Germany for example farmers interested in owning local energy projects often incorporate as limited liability for profit corporations that adhere explicitly to co operative principles Other projects like the 40 MW Middelgrunden Offshore Wind Cooperative also provided inspiration Ontario s Community Power sector is extremely diverse with structures ranging from solely owned LLPs and co operatives to partnerships involving co operatives First Nations private sector developers municipalities Local Distribution Companies educational institutions bulk purchasing groups and more What are the benefits of Community Power According to the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in conventional energy systems like that of Ontario at least 75 cents of each energy dollar leaves the local economy Community sustainable energy developments provide an excellent opportunity to help keep energy dollars in the community create economic development empower residents cut pollution greenhouse gases and address energy security concerns According to the Iowa Policy Project click to download a PDF locally owned renewable energy project generates 5 10 times the local economic benefits than do conventional ownership models From a solely economic perspective

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