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  • OSEA: Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark
    Ontario Energy Board for economic analysis and public review This raises a lot of questions we as ratepayers should be demanding answers to Why is the Ontario Energy Board s public review of what is best for Ontario s energy consumers being by passed How much would the Bruce B contract cause our electricity rates to rise and when Could all or some of our electricity needs be met at a lower cost by additional investment in energy conservation and efficiency Made in Ontario solar wind bio energy hydro combined heat and power and energy storage and waterpower imports from Quebec Before giving our consent we need to understand our options which brings me to green energy and community Across Ontario a quiet revolution has been going on thanks to the Green Energy Act and its Feed in tariff FIT programs Ontarians are increasingly becoming proponents independently or collaboratively through community participation in co operatives aboriginal and municipal renewable energy projects According to the OPA s 2013 Annual Report 18 of Ontario s wind and solar facilities are now community owned up from less then 1 prior to 2008 Community participation and local investment in renewable projects is important because local jobs and economic development returns are substantially higher when energy projects have significant local investment According to the recent Advantage Local report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance it creates on average twice as many jobs as absentee owned projects and increases the total local economic value by 50 to 240 The same report finds that local economic self interest builds political support by as much as 77 The Long Term Energy Plan notes that Development of wind power in Ontario has created opportunities for landowners local community co operatives Aboriginal communities and municipalities to partner with wind

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  • OSEA: EfstonSolar is the first Canadian distributor for ReneSola
    a leading international brand and technology provider of green energy products ReneSola is a Tier 1 global manufacturer of solar wafers PV modules Micro Inverters and String Inverters Unlike most of their competitors ReneSola is vertically integrated they manufacture their own PV wafers which form the core of their modules With its continuous dedication to innovation in 2013 ReneSola had one of the largest R D budgets among all the Chinese PV manufacturers Capitalizing on economies of scale low cost production capabilities and technology innovations ReneSola leverages in house virgin polysilicon and solar cell and module production capabilities to produce high quality cost competitive products Every one of ReneSola s PV products comes with rock solid 25 year power performance plus 10 year production and material warranties These warranties are backed by PowerGuard a third party insurance company bankable protection in this industry ReneSola just issued a press release about their expansion into Canada and our partnership So what does ReneSola s arrival in Canada mean for the Ontario FIT market EfstonSolar will participate in co marketing activities with ReneSola the first being at Solar Canada 2014 EfstonSolar s primary focus remains with direct sales in Ontario to FIT projects both FIT and microFIT Choosing ReneSola as a manufacturing partner combined with our industry know how allows us to offer an unparalleled price per watt meaning project owners will have no trouble achieving or even surpassing their FIT 3 0 projected ROI To be warehoused right here in the Greater Toronto Area ReneSola manufactures products all over the world including Korea Turkey Malaysia China and Poland These Tier 1 modules and inverters perfectly round out EfstonSolar s bankable product offering that also includes the new FIT 2 0 compliant Schneider Electric Conext CL String 3 Phase Inverters with AFCI built

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  • OSEA: Dokis First Nations Wins the 2014 Pollution Probe Sustainability Award
    or organizations working toward positive tangible environmental change and exemplifying in their work the Pollution Probe values including inclusive independent non partisan results oriented focused evidence based learning and innovative The Okikendawt project is being developed by OWA Member Hydromega Services Inc and the Dokis First Nation and consists of a waterpower facility with an installed capacity of 10 MW The project is a model of sustainable development community building environmental and cultural stewardship and has earned national recognition Premier Kathleen Wynne presented the award last night to Chief Denise Restoule In her remarks Chief Restoule stated The partners have forged a close and collaborative working relationship through the course of project development financing construction and in 2015 operations Hydromega is an outstanding project development company with a deep understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal communities The Dokis First Nation is advised by Chris Henderson of Lumos Energy Canada s leading Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities Hydromega s and Dokis First Nation s significant investment in this project will have direct benefits to the community and the environment said Paul Norris President of Ontario Waterpower Association This project is an excellent example of the opportunities that exist across the province to develop new waterpower facilities with local community and Aboriginal partnerships and is the result of an inspiring commitment to an inclusive community driven approach to energy resource development Okikendawt Hydroelectric Project Construction Pictures Courtesy of Hydromega The Okikendawt project is located at the site of the Portage Dam on the French River in Ontario The generation station will be located on Public Works and Government Services Canada PWGSC land PWGSC operates two control structures on the French River and one water control structure on the Little French River These structures are used to control the level of Lake Nipissing

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  • OSEA: Senvion wins 150 Megawatt contract for Canadian wind farm
    Version type turbines to the 150 Megawatt MW Mesgi g Ugju s n MU wind farm in Quebec Canada With almost 500 MW installed in Europe the Senvion 3 2M114 already has a proven track record It is the first time Senvion will be installing the 3 2M114 equipped with a hot air de icing system on North American soil The Senvion 3 2M114 turbines each with a rated power of 3 2 MW a hub height of 100 metres and a rotor diameter of 114 metres are expected to produce enough electricity to power about 94 000 homes The MU wind project is owned and developed in a 50 50 partnership between the three Mi gmaq First Nations of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc TSX INE It is the biggest wind farm project with First Nations participation in Quebec to date The project was awarded a power purchase agreement in March 2014 and is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016 At the occasion of the contract signature Andreas Nauen CEO of Senvion SE commented We are delighted to deliver our turbines for this flagship project with the First Nations Big wind farms like MU highlight the importance of the renewable sector for the country Helmut Herold CEO North America at Senvion Canada Inc said I am happy that once again Innergex has put its trust in us I am convinced that our flexibility and our persistence but also our stellar performance at the Viger Denonville community wind farm have paid off We have experienced local teams here in Quebec which makes me confident that the project realisation will work very smoothly Viger Denonville is the first community wind farm in Quebec The Senvion MM92 turbines that were commissioned in November 2013 have an availability of

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  • OSEA: Senvion launches 3.2M114 for Canadian market
    on class II wind sites For its launch in Canada the 3 2M114 has been equipped with a full converter which facilitates its integration into various grids across Canada and the world It is also equipped with a hot air de icing system The de icing system has been developed tested and improved for better yields It is now going to be validated in the field at the 350 MW wind farm Rivière du Moulin in Quebec Canada The Senvion 3XM series is built on the company s MM series of 2 MW wind turbines combined with the know how gained from developing a 5 MW offshore wind turbine With almost 500 MW installed in Europe the 3 2M114 already has a proven track record In Canada the 3 2M114 will be offered on a 100 m tower Main components such as the blades are going to be produced by LM WindPower in Gaspé Québec Towers are going to be supplied by Marmen in Matane Québec Deliveries of the turbines are set to start in 2016 Speaking on the occasion of the launch Helmut Herold Senvion CEO North America said All of our innovations are based on proven technology and experience which make them particularly reliable At CanWEA we got confirmation that the Senvion 3 2M114 is the right wind turbine for the future It is great for Quebec and potentially also for other provinces such as British Columbia Speaking on the occasion of the launch Andreas Nauen CEO of Senvion SE said With our recently extended 3 XM series we will erect at least two gigawatts of newly installed capacity in the next two fiscal years By continuously improving and adapting our 3 XM series we are achieving greater yields for our customers Wind energy has to be and

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  • OSEA: Power of Water Canada a Resounding Success
    and environmental prosperity The Honourable Bill Mauro Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Clean reliable and sustainable energy is critical to jobs and growth in every part of the province said Minister Mauro As waterpower producers you know how closely our prosperity is tied to our energy supply That tie holds nationally regionally and locally and the research bears this out My Ministry is working jointly with First Nation communities that have initiated community based land use planning under the Far North Act This work will clarify where development can occur and where land is designated for protection And this work will provide the certainty industry needs In the four community based land use plans prepared so far waterpower and electrical transmission have been important considerations added Minister Mauro I am extremely pleased with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry s recognition and support of waterpower said Paul Norris President of the OWA Waterpower was Ontario s original energy source and we are confident that it will continue to be the backbone for the future of energy in Ontario The Honourable Frank Iacobucci former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada was the event s keynote dinner speaker His Honour was recently appointed as lead negotiator on behalf of Ontario in discussions with Chiefs of the Matawa Tribal Council on resource developments in the Ring of Fire His address titled Canada and Aboriginal People Towards a New Relationship spoke to the importance of respect and trust in fostering relationships with First Nation people The Honourable Frank Iacobucci former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada His Honour emphasized the regrettable history of Canada s treatment of Aboriginal people but importantly the new existing opportunities for economic independence for Aboriginal communities in relation to renewable energy and infrastructure development He

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  • OSEA: Turn Your Idea Into A Business
    Ottawa Ontario Ottawa based SmartNet Alliance SNA is offering to assist people with great green energy ideas to get into business The firm is calling for applications and will select six people with the best ideas FREE OF CHARGE these lucky six will receive up to 10 000 in support to get their ideas launch ready Janet Stewart long time Ottawa entrepreneur and President of SNA realized that so many people have innovative ideas but don t know what to do or where to start if they want to take them to market As a result she and other investors in SNA have developed The LaunchPAD From Idea to Start Up Available across Canada to anyone who is interested in starting a green energy business this program will take the individuals through all of the steps to get their business idea launch ready from market studies to payroll We started the Second Cup with a good idea but we had no idea of all the steps and all of the decisions that we would have to make just to get it going We made many expensive mistakes I wish that there had been something like SmartNet Alliance for us Frank O Dea Co founder of Second Cup How it works Interested individuals can download the application form at www SmartNetAlliance ca Deadline for submission is Wednesday November 19 2014 noon 12 applicants will be chosen from the submissions to make their PITCH in front of a panel of judges on Saturday November 29 Successful applicants will be announced by December 1 The program starts on January 12 2015 SmartNet Alliance is a virtual business incubator accelerator with a specific focus in the energy sector Funding comes from the energy industry principally the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers and Mindset Catalysts

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  • OSEA: OWA and Ducks Unlimited Canada Advance Information Sharing in Ontario’s Boreal
    and Ducks Unlimited Canada are pleased to announce the development of land information mapping products for northern Aboriginal Communities use Many of these communities are in the process of developing long term land use and resource management plans I am extremely pleased with the products of this positive partnership said Paul Norris OWA President Providing information on waterpower potential with waterfowl and wetlands values supports and empowers Aboriginal community land use planning and decision making The waterpower information was developed through an initiative focused in part on the alleviation of diesel dependency for remote communities and the assessment of hydroelectric potential in proximity to the Ring of Fire The wetlands and waterfowl information presented comes from a variety of sources and provides recent information regarding the location extent and types of wetlands and relative estimates of waterfowl values throughout a planning area Working with industry partners and providing planning tools to First Nations is an important means of protecting the number of wetland acres in Ontario added Erling Armson Head of Boreal Programs for Ducks Unlimited Canada Ontario Ontario s Boreal Region is one of the most important ecological areas for breeding waterfowl populations and its vast and continentally important wetlands The Northern Boreal and Land Use Planning will be featured at the 2014 Power of Water Canada Conference taking place October 19th 21st at the White Oaks Resort in Niagara on the Lake For more information on the Power of Water Canada conference please visit http conference owa ca 30 The OWA is a not for profit organization representing the common and collective interests of the waterpower industry and has been actively supporting First Nations capacity building for more than a decade For more information please visit owa ca Ducks Unlimited Canada DUC is the leader in wetland conservation

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