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  • OSEA: Ontario Co-operative Association Travels Across Province to Strengthen Co-op Connections in 2015
    opportunities for building networks and exchanging ideas with co operatives and experts on a regional scale Each conference will therefore feature presentations with local success stories and made in your area solutions Although organized and hosted by On Co op the conference series is made possible in part by support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Seeing the value in expanding geographically and supporting co operatives on a regional level many co operatives and businesses have partnered with On Co op to help execute the series through provincial regional local and host sponsorships as well as in kind donations The Co operators is proud to be a Provincial Sponsor of the conference series and that many of our Advisors and staff are participating says Wendy Carruthers Manager Member Co operative Relations As a member of On Co op we believe that supporting this important capacity building initiative helps them fulfil their organizational mission to lead cultivate and connect co operatives What better way to accomplish this than to travel across the province providing learning and networking opportunities for new emerging and developed co ops alike Each of the six regional conferences are affordably priced so as to make them more accessible and inclusive to individuals seeking to learn about or start a co op with discounts offered for early and or multiple registrations Board managers and staff of co operatives credit unions and stakeholder organizations as well as members of the business community can register online Early bird and registration deadlines vary by conference 30 For More Information To learn more about the Co op Connections conferences visit s coop outreach or contact Alex Shave Regional Conference Program Manager at 519 763 8271 x 27 or at ashave ontario coop ABOUT ON CO OP The Ontario Co operative Association The Ontario

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  • OSEA: Steam Whistle – Not only the bottle is green
    implemented a strategy to combine smart business and sustainability practices recognizing that one does not exclude the other After two long years of preparation Steam Whistle began operating in 2000 So what are some of the key features of Steam Whistle s green and sustainable business practice With the exception of a few remote routes in Ontario Steam Whistle s delivery trucks have been running fully on bio diesel a mix of soya and recycled restaurant oil since 2006 The brewery continues to experiment with new operational methods Since 2007 Steam Whistle has been 100 powered by Bullfrog which provides electricity from a mix of different renewable energy sources Above all Steam Whistle remains committed to conservation and waste diversion As a result a culture of conservation and constant improvement has been built among the team From a technology perspective all the brewery s equipment and lighting adheres to best energy saving practices Water the most crucial part of the brewing process is conserved and reduced where possible while phosphates have been eliminated from cleaning agents so as not to contaminate waste water Organic waste is composted and leftover edibles are distributed to local street missions and women s shelters Over ninety six percent of Steam Whistle s waste is diverted More initiatives have been implemented over the years Yet what is most important about Steam Whistle s story is that going green has benefited the entire brewery and its community Steam Whistle undertook great efforts in educating and engaging its staff a special environmental committee was formed in 2007 on sustainable operational practices Staff are encouraged to practice what they preach outside of work too Steam Whistle provides covered bike racks an onsite bike service station as well as shower and towel services to promote a healthy lifestyle and

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  • OSEA: Ontario’s Sustainable Energy Sector Recognizes Champions and Celebrates Success
    less than a year has become fully operational professionally managed by local community leaders and has raised close to 5 million with more than 50 of the investment coming from the local vicinity For more information and to learn how you can invest please contact http oxfordcommunityenergycoop wildapricot org and for help with getting your own community project or to find a community partner please contact http ontariosustainability ca Solar Share Co operative Since 2011 SolarShare Co operative has been at the forefront of the Community Power landscape enabling citizens to invest in solar energy projects across Ontario Solar Share reaches about 50 000 people annually through its outreach hase secured more than 700 investors completed 25 projects and collectively raised 5 5 million in bonds Solar Share is the firest renewable energy co op to achieve RRSP eligibility and continues to support the democratization of energy through renewables For more information and to learn how you can invest please contact http www solarbonds ca Developer of the Year As a municipal entity Brant Renewable Energy has secured 1 3MW of Feed in tariff rooftop solar contracts helped many residents install solar partnered with Six Nations Sustainability Brant Renewable Energy Co op and various businesses on several ground breaking projects installed electric charging stations and is now investing in communications infrastructure and a potential hydro site Brant s various initiatives are providing good green jobs to local contractors reducing the county s emissions empowering local residents strengthening ties with its neighbours and generating significant non tax based revenue To find out more please contact http brantrenewable ca Manufacturer of the Year two winners Celestica develops designs manufacturers and tests renewable energy products such as solar panels and inverters Celestica is a key cog in the sustainable energy supply chain and is committed to integrating sustainable practices into its manufacturing and business processes In the past year Celestica has launched a modeling process to identify ways to reduce energy use when producing solar panels as well as a Sustainable Workspace Program to educate and engage employees To find out more please contact http www celestica com Gerald van Decker of RenewABILITY Energy Inc manufacturers the DWHR Power Pipe an energy efficiency solution that passively captures thermal energy from building s drain water that would otherwise be wasted and can reduce heating energy consumption by 20 35 Gerald has been a strong advocate in Canada the US France the UK and the Netherlands for the incorporation of the Power Pipe into their building codes The use of this smart technology is becoming increasingly common practice with over 35 000 systems now installed in Ontario To find out more please contact http www renewability com Smartpreneur of the Year Phillip Playfair founded Lowfoot in 2009 to leverage the data produced by smart meters to drive consumer behavioural change in the Ontario and Texas markets Lowfoot works with utilities and energy providers to forecast load understand consumer behavior incent change and empower users with

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy Sector Recognizes Champions and Celebrates Success
    Thursday to shine the spotlight on the sector s champions during the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association s annual Powering Prosperity Awards dinner presented by the Carpenters Union CISCO s Dr Rick Huijbregts a visionary in the area of innovation and smart communities delivered a rousing keynote connecting the dots between the Internet of Everything and a smart distributed and resilient sustainable energy system Eight awards categories were recognized spanning the full breadth of community aboriginal public and private sector sustainable energy solutions that are powering heating cooling and moving Ontario s prosperity This year s winners were as follows Special Recognition Award presented by the Carpenters Union PCL Constructors Canada Inc Toronto 20 20 Leadership Award presented by MediaPlanet Jonathan J Dogterom of MaRS Cleantech Aboriginal Project of the Year Matt Jamieson of Six Nations Community Project of the Year two winners Oxford Community Energy Co Operative SolarShare Co operative Developer of the Year Brant Renewable Energy Manufacturer of the Year two winners Celestica Gerald van Decker of RenewABILITY Energy Inc Smartpreneur of the Year presented by SmartNet Alliance Phillip Playfair of Lowfoot Sustainable Project of the Year two winners The deep retrofits for industrial commercial and institutional buildings and

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  • OSEA: Senvion changes owner
    based wind turbine manufacturer to Centerbridge Partners L P a global private equity firm The sales agreement was signed by both parties on January 22nd 2015 in Mumbai India The transaction is subject to receipt of antitrust approvals Centerbridge is a leading private equity firm with 25 billion USD assets under management and offices in New York and London The strategy of the private equity arm of Centerbridge is to partner closely with management teams in driving growth and strategic objectives through a focus on operational excellence and customer satisfaction The portfolio of companies under the firm s ownership has a track record of achieving growth in revenues profitability and employment In Europe Centerbridge s private equity arm in partnership with management has acquired several high growth businesses from leading institutions In the US Centerbridge has a diversified portfolio across industries with several highly technological growth businesses At the occasion of the announcement Andreas Nauen CEO Senvion SE said With Centerbridge Senvion has gained a financially strong and committed investor an important step to facilitate its growth track Supported by Centerbridge we will be able to realize Senvion s full potential in the wind energy market With its product portfolio and market position our Company is ideally placed for future development Successful energy reform on a global level requires both onshore and offshore wind power and Senvion has the right turbines to support both Our objective is to continue growing profitably and to gain additional market share in our top five markets in Germany Great Britain Australia Canada and France as well as in our target markets We also aim to maintain a strong position in the offshore sector Stefan Kowski Managing Director at Centerbridge said Senvion is a company with very strong technology and a leading market position The

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  • OSEA: PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to receive Special Recognition at the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters' Union
    Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates Press Releases News Updates Press Releases PCL Constructors Canada Inc to receive Special Recognition at the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters Union The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is thrilled to announce that PCL Constructors Canada Inc will be receiving a Special Recognition Award at the 5th annual Powering Prosperity Awards presented by the Carpenters Union at La Primavera in Vaughan on Thursday January 29th 2015 As a leader in the construction industry PCL Constructors Canada Inc is being recognized for building some of Canada s largest solar projects always reliably and to the highest worker safety standards The award will be presented to PCL by Paul Daly Vice President and Solar Representative of the Carpenters Union Local 27 and main partner of the 2015 Powering Prosperity Awards We invite you to join us for the celebration For more information and ticket reservation please visit www poweringprosperity ca or contact Nicole Risse at nicole ontario sea org Tel 416 977 4441 x3 Last Updated Friday January 23 2015 at 8 50 59 PM Related Items Carpenters Union Powering Prosperity Awards 2016 On January 28th 2016 we turn

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  • OSEA: Senvion and wpd complete commissioning of Ontario wind farms
    SE a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group the world s fifth largest manufacturer of wind turbines and wpd Canada completed commissioning of the Springwood and Whittington wind farms Senvion delivered installed and commissioned four MM92 CCV type turbines at Springwood and three at Whittington All seven turbines have a 100m hub height and are specifically adapted to cold climates Moreover many of the components were sourced locally including the blades which are produced at PowerBlades in Welland Ontario PowerBlades is a 100 subsidiary of Senvion SE The Springwood wind farm is located in the Township of Wellington Centre in Wellington County whereas Whittington is located in the Township of Amaranth in Dufferin County Ontario Whittington and Springwood will produce enough power to supply the electricity needs of about 2 300 homes annually Senvion will also provide service and maintenance for 15 years through an Integrated Service Package contract Spare parts and service for the Ontario market will be managed from Senvion s new service centre and warehouse located in Kitchener Ontario Springwood and Whittington are two of the first projects completed out of a contract volume of about 200 MW with several developers in Ontario that are still in the renewable energy approval process Wpd Canada President Ian MacRae says We re pleased our Springwood and Whittington projects have achieved commercial operation and are supplying clean renewable electricity to the provincial grid Reducing greenhouse gases is essential to address climate change and renewable energy is one way to accomplish that Helmut Herold CEO North America of Senvion Canada Inc says We are glad to see our wind turbines running with locally produced blades and we are looking forward to further deliveries out of our Welland blade manufacturing facility to other Ontario projects Contact Maike Althaus Directrice des Communications

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  • OSEA: Doing more with less
    Bischoff First the good news Demand for electricity has been steadily falling in Ontario since 2005 despite a growing economy The province is now producing 21 more goods and services for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed than it was in 2005 Since the depths of the 2008 09 recession our economy has steadily recovered while electricity demand has remained largely flat Better technology such as LED lighting computerized pumps and motors that adjust to workloads and more efficient computer data centres are examples of the technologies driving this trend But there is bad news Ontario continues to under invest in this low cost source of energy and remains fixated on spending tens of billions of dollars to re build increasingly unnecessary nuclear reactors For every dollar the province has budgeted for energy conservation efforts in the next six years it plans to spend at least 5 40 on re building the Darlington Nuclear Station The wisdom of spending a whopping 5 4 times more on Darlington is even harder to grasp when you consider that the Ontario Power Authority acknowledges that we can buy conservation kilowatt hours kWh for 2 to 4 cents compared to OPG s high confidence estimate for Darlington of 8 9 cents per kWh Of course given that every nuclear project in Ontario s history has run massively over budget the difference could be more like 13 times greater spending on Darlington than on improving energy efficiency when the real re build bills are all in The Ontario government has made a worthy commitment to putting Conservation First But money talks and throwing billions of dollars at aging nuclear reactors while under spending on efficiency improvements says volumes about how much Ontario is still stuck in the past Given that our economy will be far

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