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  • OSEA: Senvion CEO North America Helmut Herold receives distinction of Quebec wind industry
    Tuesday night Helmut Herold Senvion s CEO for North America was awarded Personality of the year by the Quebec wind industry The award gala and ceremony were part of the 4th Conference of the Quebec Wind Energy Industry in Gaspé Québec With the award the industry recognizes Mr Herold s achievements as CEO North America in the past five years His work was instrumental in establishing the head office of Senvion Canada Inc in Montréal which became the hub of the company s North American business A German native Mr Herold has been deeply involved in the Quebec wind energy sector and has led the company to the Top 2 of most important turbine manufacturers in Canada in 2013 Always eager to see local communities benefit he developed long term partnerships with a number of manufacturers of the Quebec supply chain Senvion Canada Inc currently counts about 250 employees and has opened additional offices in Toronto and Vancouver I am very honored to receive this distinction It is also a great acknowledgement of the company s work as a whole and the highly motivated team we have here in Quebec says Helmut Herold CEO North America Senvion Canada Inc I am very grateful for the trust our clients and business partners have put in me and in Senvion I am especially grateful to EDF EN Canada Innergex and our community partners They enabled the successes we had and I hope we can make the Quebec wind industry strive further in the next years With the installation of two MM92 type turbines in a special cold climate version at TechnoCentre s cold climate test site in Rivière au Renard Senvion started its Canadian operations in Québec s Gaspésie region 2009 Only two years later in 2011 Senvion began delivery of its

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  • OSEA: Ontario Once a Leader Lost Its Way But the Results are Here to Stay
    to generate electricity for a profit to its own citizens Why it sounds downright Jeffersonian Further we learned that those hockey playing ice wine swilling Canadians created a true renewable energy policy not a wind policy or a solar policy but a policy that included all renewables In fact it seemed that the Green Energy Act was actually designed to do what its visionary politicians said was the purpose make an energy transition possible This was all a bit shocking accustomed as we are in the states to legislation as simply a vehicle for a few glowing press releases touting some token program that no one takes seriously We learned too that those Ontarians had the audacity to say they were going to close their coal fired power plants all of them because they were bad for the health of their citizens And then they went ahead and actually did it ahead of schedule What is it with those Canadians Haven t they heard of the Koch brothers It was enough to turn a Californian green with envy And for a time Ontario was installing more and wind and more solar than sunny California Alas the status quo reared its ugly head and said Hey wait a minute They really are doing this It s not just talk The nuclear industry felt threatened as well they should Today coal tomorrow it will be nuclear became their battle cry as they stoked their minions to the barricades In the tumult Ontario lost its way Provincial politicians it turns out were human after all and much more like their counterparts in the states than they were different They flubbed badly on building some gas fired power plants and went all weak kneed before the nuclear juggernaut They began whittling away at the

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  • OSEA: Ontario’s prosperity is powered, heated, cooled and moved by sustainable energy
    producing power not just using it It is clear that green energy is creating good jobs local resilience and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by sustainable energy It may seem like we have all the power that we need right now However the reality is that all parties have neglected our electricity grid power generation building code and transportation infrastructure for decades creating some sticker shock as we modernize and rebuild Ontario has also faced rising pressure to keep competitive because we waste so much of the valuable energy we do have Modernizing our energy system to increase energy efficiency lowers costs and is an investment that will pay dividends by making Ontario more competitive simply by doing more with less energy So the bad news is that in the short term the cost of energy is going to rise whether we rebuild our old antiquated centralized dirty energy system or invest in a modern decentralized and clean sustainable energy system The only way to ensure we aren t beholden to volatile fuel costs is to waste less energy and get our energy from fixed priced renewable sources such as biogas wind solar and hydro Investing in these technologies now builds capacity and lowers costs even further as we continue to invest The good news beyond free fuel inputs is that a modern distributed portfolio of clean renewable energy can locate project benefits directly in communities across the province for a better price tag than other options All parts of our province can benefit from this transition Since 2009 Ontario s Green Energy and Economy Act has attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 jobs during a global economic recession all while our automotive sector was languishing Ontario s bold steps to be

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Oshawa meet the candidates
    Stacey Leadbetter Green Party candidate opened the discussion by stressing the importance of educating the public on the benefits of wind and solar We want to see home builders and developers incorporating sustainable solutions such as waste water recovery in new buildings We need affordable accessible Made In Ontario solutions Estrick Quintyn followed by pointing to the 24 billion in local and foreign investment 42 000 green energy jobs and 4 4 billion saved on annual health care costs achieved thanks to the policies implemented by the Liberal government Ontario has come a long way in the last decade and we have to keep up the momentum he said Ryan Kelly closed the discussion by stressing the need for conservation The NDP is seeking to amalgamate the energy agencies and plans to explore more sustainable ways of energy generation There are jobs in green energy and we want to encourage employers that invest in sustainable energy solutions with tax credits and other incentives Kelly concluded by saying that the NDP would honor existing FIT contracts and keep the FIT program for smaller projects They also plan to conduct a full environmental assessment of the Long term Energy Plan Ryan Duffy of Blackstone Energy Solutions Inc moderated the session and noted the importance of unity and collaboration and creating partnerships to move the sector forward Nicole Risse Director of Finance Operations at OSEA closed the official part of the evening stating We need to shift our concern about energy rates to energy bills If we invest in conservation and energy efficiency we can reduce our consumption which will result in lower energy bills even if the price of energy goes up This is the case in New York where the average person uses 27 less power than the average Ontarian while

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Kingston, Frontenac and the Islands meet the candidates
    cleantech research innovation and industrial hub Robert Kiley took the podium and framed his comments Cost community and conservation We know that replacing our end of life nuclear is more costly than other options Hydro imports and green local generation can meet our needs The Ernestown wind farm is a great example of a community commercial partnership creating a win win that should be the norm for all projects in Ontario Robert closed pointing out that conservation has the power to lower our bills Mary Rita Holland spoke next about the NDP s commitment to sustainable energy Climate change is a very present reality in our every day lives and is strongly linked to the economic output and social determinants of health and quality of life The challenges facing us represent real opportunities for us The NDP are planning several funding mechanisms to support manufacturing upgrades to improve efficiencies and on site generation of energy a fund to assist emerging industries like storage technologies and a homeowner loan program to help people make their homes more energy efficient Jonathan Reid of the Freedom Party closed the evening by stating that We believe that economies are best served when governments are not picking winners and losers in the economy We would like to stop all wind energy and nuclear projects and see a move towards increased hydro Right now we have a surplus of electricity and at times have to pay other jurisdictions to take our power We should not be approving wasteful energy projects that we don t need We need to keep energy costs low to retain and attract manufacturers Tyson Champagne of SWITCH thanked the candidates and noted Going forward we need all parties competing to have the best policy to support sustainable energy in the region and

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  • OSEA: LIFE, SouthWest and ArcStar reach financing agreement for solar portfolio
    portfolio Kitchener ON May 8 LIFE Co op ArcStar Energy LLC and SouthWest Solar Venture One a division of the Hayter Group are pleased to announce the execution of definitive terms to fund a 960 kW DC portfolio of construction ready commercial rooftop solar energy projects in Cambridge Ontario The projects are being developed by LIFE and SouthWest under the Ontario Power Authority s Feed in Tariff FIT program The transaction will include a US based solar equity fund which is investing in and acquiring high value solar projects in partnership with ArcStar in Canada the USA and Mexico Our investment partners are veterans in commercial industrial and utility solar projects so they have exacting standards said Chick Wassell Chairman of ArcStar Energy This transaction is testament to the quality of these projects and to LIFE and Southwest as developers We are pleased to be working with them and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship LIFE Co op s General Manager Shane Mulligan commented We are fortunate to be working with ArcStar to bring these projects to completion ArcStar brings a wealth of experience to the table and the resources to ensure our members and investors know

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  • OSEA: Solarize Energy and Community Power Northumberland Announce a Development and Financing Partnership
    operation in an efficient and timely manner said Carlos Leite Managing Director of Solarize Energy These projects are possible under the government of Ontario s FIT Program with its focus on the development of distributed clean power By replacing fossil fuels the clean energy generated by these solar photovoltaic systems will also contribute significantly to efforts to fight climate change Together the three projects involve the installation of over 4 000 Ontario made solar panels in the area of Cobourg Ontario bringing local engineering and installation jobs during the construction period and maintenance jobs during the operating lifetime of the solar arrays said Craig Walker Sales Manager at Solarize Energy The positive legacy of a switch to distributed power generation from renewable sources was highlighted by Tony Walker President of CPN These projects will contribute to Ontario s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and make a positive contribution in the fight against climate change a legacy to our children and grandchildren The annual reduction in GHG emissions is equivalent to eliminating 1 377 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere or to removing 252 cars or light trucks off the road We are pleased with our partnership with Solarize and with our community based efforts to reduce our carbon footprint These projects include investment by over 50 local residents living in the Cobourg area added Rich Tyssen Secretary of CPN To learn more about how interested FIT2 contract holders can take advantage of Solarize s development expertise and aggregate financing facility contact our Sales Department at 519 304 7011 for a free no obligation consultation or visit Solarize Energy online at www solarizeenergy ca About Solarize Energy L P Solarize Energy L P www solarizeenergy ca based in Brantford was established in 2009 to develop finance own and

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  • OSEA: Niagara’s sustainable energy employers meet the candidates
    the largest climate change mitigation effort in North America Karen Fraser made here first public appearance as the Green Party candidate for the riding and stated her party s commitment to supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that help Ontarians save money We need to also be open to options and innovations that can improve our energy system and lives Mathew Siscoe a city councillor in St Catharines since 2010 a Catholic school teacher and the candidate for the Progressive Conservatives highlighted his party s commitment to looking at all the options including renewables nuclear and hydro imports while ensuring there is no corporate welfare We are committed to keeping the costs for businesses down and to ensuring manufacturers stay in the region Following the discussion the candidates mingled with the attendees Locals employed at the plants and projects in the region were excited to share their stories about finding good work contributing to the local economy and the importance of wind and solar in their community PowerBlades is the second important manufacturing employer in Welland and we believe that we can further increase employment opportunities at the facility in the future Talking about renewable energy means also talking about sustainable jobs that is the most important outcome of the event from my perspective says Dan Dragoman the plant manager of PowerBlades Inc Senvion s North American blade factory At the moment PowerBlades has nearly 150 employees and is planning for about 100 more in the future In total Senvion and its partners account for about 4 000 jobs in Ontario Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association closed off the evening highlighting that champion communities like Welland Niagara Hamilton and Beamsville need to be celebrated They are working with the sector as hosts partners proponents

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