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  • OSEA: Ontario Government Announces 510 New Renewable Energy Projects: New green energy contracts give a boost to solar power in Ontario
    panels as a result of the government s announcement Ontario is on its way to becoming an international renewable energy powerhouse said Dr Rick Smith Executive Director Environmental Defence and member of the Green Energy Act Alliance These new projects will not only have lasting impacts on Ontario s greenhouse gas emissions but they will help Ontario move towards a green economy by supporting local manufacturing and construction A total of 510 contracts were announced today for projects between 10 and 500 kilowatts Ninety per cent of the contracts announced were for rooftop solar projects The announcement also included three wind projects four water power projects one biomass project and 20 biogas projects including some on farms Together the contracts represent 112 2 megawatts of capacity eliminating as much as 6 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide CO2 emissions annually This announcement is great for showcasing businesses in Ontario but should also send the message that the Green Energy Act is for households and small businesses as well as individuals and First Nations said Robert Hellier Chair of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and member of the Green Energy Act Alliance Everyone can now participate in generating green energy Today s announcement follows a series of actions taken by the Government of Ontario to support renewable energy and energy conservation under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act An announcement is expected in the coming weeks for the FIT contracts for projects over 500 kilowatts While we are overjoyed that the FIT is off to a good start there are rules that inadvertently put community owned projects at the disadvantage and as a result only a handful are being announced here today said Deb Doncaster Executive Director of the Community Power Fund and member of the Green Energy Act Alliance One

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  • OSEA: International panel of experts conclude sound from wind turbines has no harmful effect on human health
    ever produced by a group of medical or scientific professionals The seven member panel includes experts in the fields of medicine audiology acoustics environmental and public health from Canada the United States the United Kingdom and Denmark The panel s multidisciplinary approach helped to fully explore the many published scientific reports related to the potential impact of wind turbines on people s health said Dr Robert J McCunney one of the authors of the study and an occupational environmental medicine physician and research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology There is no evidence that the sounds nor the sub audible vibrations emitted by wind turbines have any direct adverse physiological effects on humans The study s panel was jointly established by the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind Energy Association to conduct a review of all current peer reviewed scientific literature available on the issue of perceived health effects of wind turbines The objective of the panel was to provide an authoritative reference document for those making legislative and regulatory decisions about wind turbine developments The Canadian Wind Energy Association supports the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in Canada said CanWEA president Robert Hornung This study will go a long way in addressing people s concerns and answering their questions about the effects of wind turbines Canada s wind energy industry will continue to take a proactive role in ensuring wind energy developments are good neighbours to the communities that have embraced wind energy About the Canadian Wind Energy Association CanWEA is the voice of Canada s wind energy industry actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its more than 450 members A national non profit association CanWEA serves as Canada s leading source of credible information about wind energy

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  • OSEA: Action to address climate change can help province prosper
    air pollution and curbing urban sprawl we can demonstrate that action on climate change will be rewarded with good green jobs adds Bruce Cox executive director of Greenpeace The science around the growing threat posed by climate change is overwhelming We are stepping into dangerously unstable territory and we need to get back on safe ground by getting our polluting emissions under control while also preparing for the changes we know are already underway says Justin Duncan staff lawyer of Ecojustice That will require new approaches to everything from urban land use and protecting the waters of the Great Lakes to habitat and endangered species protection and waste reduction say the groups as they urge the province to take a wide ranging approach to protecting the environment and addressing the impacts of climate change Just around the corner is a world where wasteful practices will be increasingly costly and efficiency will be richly rewarded When oil prices hit triple digits once again and it is no longer free to dump greenhouse gas pollutants into the atmosphere it is the places that have gotten smart about reducing their environmental impact and developing new approaches that will survive and thrive says Franz Hartmann executive director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance The 23 environmental groups will present their annual Priorities Platform to all parties and the government as lead issues to tackle in the next 12 months A full description of the environmental priorities endorsed by the 23 groups is available at www GreenProsperity ca en Francais www prosperiteverte ca The groups endorsing this initiative are Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Canadian Environmental Law Association Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy Citizen s Environment Alliance Community Power Fund Conservation Council of Ontario David Suzuki Foundation Earthroots Ecojustice Environment North Environmental Defence Forest Ethics Great Lakes United Greenpeace Local Food Plus Ontario Nature Ontario Smart Growth Network Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Pembina Institute Sierra Club Ontario Toronto Environmental Alliance Wildlands League World Wildlife Fund The Priorities Show the way with climate leadership Finalize a strong carbon cap and trade system that Ontario can take to the international climate summit in Copenhagen This system should set the standard for Canada by embracing wide coverage and realistic prices that result in Ontario meeting its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets Recognize our Great Lakes responsibilities Create a Great Lakes Protection Act to significantly strengthen Ontario s leadership in restoring the environmental and economic health of the Great Lakes Build a more prosperous north Create green northern jobs and save the Boreal Forest Keep the promise of a new approach to Far North protection and reform southern boreal land use to meet growing demand for ecologically sustainable forest products and create new opportunities and jobs for communities Give species a chance by giving them a home 2010 is the United Nations international year of biodiversity In Ontario mark this year by taking concrete action to protect the habitat of endangered species starting with a habitat

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  • OSEA: Community Power Conference 2009 blazes a trail in Ontario
    for renewables to become centralized via Community Power projects We have more renewables than we need and they are presently decentralized so this partnership will instigate greater success world wide said Dr Josef Pesch of Freiburg Germany With getting the 2009 Green Energy and Green Economy Act passed into legislative law in Ontario to now forming this new international working group OSEA continues to blaze trails in the clean green energy sector The Community Power Conference attracted 450 delegates and over 2 500 attendees to the trade show host jointly by OSEA and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario Speakers and panel participants included renewable energy experts from around the world such as Dr Josef Pesch of the German Wind Energy Association Stefan Gsänger of the World Wind Energy Association renewable energy expert advocate and author Paul Gipe and Miguel Mendonca research manager for the World Future Council We re thrilled with how everything went said Kristopher Stevens executive director of OSEA Industry leaders from around the world came to share their expertise with the leaders in Community Power in Ontario and the standing room only sessions shows there s a real appetite for this information Former Minister of

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  • OSEA: Investment in grid supports green energy
    renewable energy in Ontario said Deb Doncaster Executive Director of the Community Power Fund Transmission and distribution systems are key to a distributed energy systems and allow community owned and aboriginal projects to compete with large scale energy producers The province set in motion its plan by directing Hydro One owner of a majority of transmission systems in the province and owned entirely by the province of Ontario to proceed with 20 new transmission projects across the province These transmission upgrades are designed to support areas with high green energy potential including regions in the north east and southwest Upgrading the province s transmission and distribution systems are key parts of the government s strategy to create jobs and facilitate economic growth embedded in the Green Energy and Green Economy Act The government predicts that these upgrades will create 20 000 jobs in the province over the next three years We are glad to see the government is moving forward aggressively to establish the framework for Ontario s new energy economy said Ken Neumann United Steelworkers National Director Utilizing its commitment in the Green Energy Act to provide significant local procurement requirements the government will create even more jobs putting people back to work manufacturing the steel for towers and other components for these plans The announcement includes upgrades to 20 core transmission lines that will enhance reliability and capacity for green energy across the province In addition the announcement includes the development of several enable transmission lines to services areas with high renewable energy potential The government s announcement today offers every one of us the opportunity to become energy entrepreneurs by ensuring that any clean energy we produce whether that be wind power solar energy or biogas will be able to feed into the electricity grid for a

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  • OSEA: AgEnergy Co-operative Distributes $1.7M in Natural Gas Patronage Rebates
    OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates Press Releases News Updates Press Releases AgEnergy Co operative Distributes 1 7M in Natural Gas Patronage Rebates Close to 900 000 of the patronage rebates will be distributed in the form of tax deferred preference shares thereby allowing the Co operative to further build its equity The remaining 800 000 in patronage rebates will

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  • OSEA: Deb Doncaster wins Green Toronto Award for market transformation
    Power Community Power Publications Energy Policy Economics Guidebooks and Tools Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates Press Releases News Updates Press Releases Deb Doncaster wins Green Toronto Award for market transformation Deb Doncaster executive director of the Community Power Fund and chair of the Green Energy Act Alliance accepts her Green Toronto Award for market transformation Deb Doncaster executive director of the Community Power Fund and chair of the Green Energy Act Alliance is the winner of the 2009 Green Toronto Award for market transformation This award recognizes the efforts of a manufacturer retailer NGO marketing company or an individual promoter or designer to utilize market forces successfully to promote products services and choices that lessen the impact on the environment and human health Deb Doncaster is clearly an ideal choice and we at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association extend our congratulations Deb has been a driving force behind Community Power and is a founding member of the WindShare Cooperative owners of the turbine at Exhibition Place She has spent the past decade developing projects policy education and funding that have progressively supported the

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  • OSEA: WWindEA.org - Government of Ontario wants feed-in tariffs and proposes Green Energy Act
    Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates Press Releases News Updates Press Releases WWindEA org Government of Ontario wants feed in tariffs and proposes Green Energy Act Half a year after the 7th World Wind Energy Conference was held in Kingston the government of the Canadian province of Ontario has proposed a Green Energy Act which is likely to become a law in the

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