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  • OSEA: About Us
    communities and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy Mission Our mission is to raise public awareness advise decision makers and establish forums for new market opportunities and collaboration Who does OSEA represent OSEA serves as an advocate for individuals manufacturers installers developers municipalities First Nations unions farmers co operatives and other community organizations NGO s and other associations supportive of and engaged in the full portfolio of sustainable energy solutions Who does OSEA work with Our partners include likely and unlikely allies who want to be part of OSEA s collaborative efforts to grow the pie for all Ontarians creating a more sustainable province and who want to help tackle the root causes of social friction during the energy transition to a portfolio of 100 sustainable energy What is sustainability Sustainability refers to meeting our own needs and improving the quality of our lives while ensuring the ecological system that sustains us is healthy and capable of supporting future generations What is Sustainable Energy Sustainable energy involves the effective and efficient production and use of energy from an array of distributed sources matched in scale and quality to the end use It isn t just about more electricity It is about producing and using energy in a way that meets our needs and improves the quality of our lives while also ensuring that the ecological system that sustains us our economy and society remains healthy and capable of supporting future generations indefinitely What is included in the portfolio of Sustainable Energy Conservation energy efficiency and demand management Renewable heat and electricity generation High efficiency Combined heat and power CHP and district energy Energy storage Green buildings Smart grids Transportation that is powered by hydrogen electricity human or animal energy and other non fossil fuels

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  • OSEA: News & Updates
    natural progression of the FIT program and a victory for communities First Nations and progressive renewable energy developers The Government s re engagement and willingness to improve the program is both very important and timely stated Kris Stevens OSEA s Executive Director OSEA believes the enhanced role of municipalities combined with the changes that ease community and First Nations participation will fortify Ontario s growing green economy These improvements are important steps toward maximizing local benefits creating jobs and addressing legitimate local concerns Use OSEA s recommendations for your submission to draft FIT 2 0 rules April 27th is the deadline to submit your feedback to the Ontario Power Authority on the draft FIT 2 0 rules contract and definitions We need you your family and colleagues to get your input in to the OPA to ensure that they have your great ideas on how to improve the program Based on feedback from our members OSEA has drafted a list of priority recommendations to the FIT 2 0 rules Use these recommendations as a part of your submission to the OPA OSEA s Municipal Green Energy Resources OSEA wants to help municipalities get honest information about their powers and responsibilities when it comes to renewable energy development Find out how your municipality can be a key partner in helping Ontario become a clean energy leader Go to our Tumblr blog OSEA s Municipal Green Energy Brief Market Renewable Energy like a Business Product Mobilising support for renewable energy begins with one reality moral arguments are noble but ultimately insufficient To achieve more widespread and rapid change it is crucial to communicate renewable energy development as an economic strategy for individuals and businesses We need to frame the discourse not in normative statements about saving the environment but rather in terms of economic returns risks and opportunities Whitchurch Stouffville Residents Putting the Community in Community Power The Whitchurch Stouffville Community Energy Co operative WSCEC held its first public meeting on May 22 2012 for a cooperatively owned solar power project in Whitchurch Stouffville Ontario As their initial project WSCEC is planning to install a 250kW rooftop solar system on the Clippers Sports Complex in Stouffville The launch meeting entitled Energy Solutions For The Next Generation introduced the co operative and its vision to the wider community The meeting was attended by an interested crowd some coming down to Stouffville from surrounding towns and villages Ontario s First 100 First Nations Project Opens on Manitoulin Island Congratulations to the community of M Chigeeng First Nation on bringing their 4MW Mother Earth Renewable Energy MERE wind project into commercial operation this past June 15th At long last the M Chigeeng community can begin to reap the rewards of its sustainable vision financial investment hard work determination and perseverance To celebrate the commissioning of the MERE Wind project the community held a full day grand opening ceremony on June 15th with high profile guests including community leaders government officials and keynote speaker Dr David Suzuki The project is Ontario s first wind farm 100 owned by a First Nation and is located on M Chigeeng First Nation lands WWindEA org WWEC2008 Community Power Conference Resolution The World Wind Energy Association WWEA in association with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA and the St Lawrence College acknowledges and welcomes the presence of those 800 participants attending this Conference from wind and associated renewable energy technologies and especially from many community power organisations The interests include all aspects of sustainable wind solar hydro bioenergy and geothermal technology development design manufacturing operation and implementation Improve your opportunity to earn FIT contract priority points with OSEA s Community Support Resolution Tool The rapid deployment of renewable energy throughout Ontario is a goal OSEA has consistently advocated We have successfully advanced this position this through the development of innovative policy alternatives for sustainable energy the support of grass roots based community power groups employing the co operative governance model and by advancing the economic case for distributed energy OSEA is pleased to launch a new Tool that will assist both community and commercial developers to obtain additional FIT contract priority points Ontario Co operative Association Elects OSEA Community Power expert to the Board OSEA is pleased to announce the election of Harry French Director of OSEA s Community Power Services Group as a Board member of the Ontario Co operative Association OnCoop In this new role Harry will have the opportunity to further contribute to the ongoing development of Ontario s co operative policy and regulatory environment Top Ten things our members should know about the FIT 2 0 directive Municipal Resolutions and By laws in support of FIT 2 0 projects The new requirement under FIT 2 0 for a By law to be passed as part of the Municipal Council Support Resolution process has been outlined by OSEA member Brant Renewable Energy working in collaboration with their municipality and the law firm Aird and Berlis LLP Reed Exhibitions and OSEA collaborate in newest All Energy Exhibition and Conference Series Reed Exhibitions the world s leading event organiser has now announced the first All Energy Canada which is being held on October 2nd and 3rd 2013 at Exhibition Place Toronto This new event is being held in association with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA and like the two other All Energy events will encompass all aspects of renewable and sustainable energy combining a major exhibition and highly relevant and topical conference Powering Prosperity brings together the sustainable energy community On Thursday October 11 2012 the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association hosted Powering Prosperity a night that brought together the who s who of the sustainable energy sector Nearly 400 supporters members and new friends joined us for dinner drinks and the opportunity to discuss the relationship between sustainable energy and economic growth Acquiring Investing in FIT Contracts workshop sparks dialogue and opportunities OSEA s recent workshop and networking session on Acquiring and Investing in FIT Contracts held on the afternoon of Thursday October 11 2011 in Vaughan was a smashing success We were thrilled to host close to 90 buyers sellers investors and investment seekers Reuters German power generation moving against utilities Wynn By Gerard Wynn Nov 27 Reuters A shift towards renewable power in Germany is seeing ownership of generating assets move to households farmers and small businesses away from utilities which are losing out on the advantages of wind and solar in a continuing trend European utilities are suffering from weak power demand and falling wholesale prices Ontario opinion poll shows solid support for green energy strong opposition to WTO ruling A new opinion poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada shows overwhelming support for green energy in Ontario and strong opposition to the World Trade Organization WTO s meddling in buy local programs that create thousands of green jobs for Ontarians The survey conducted by Oraclepoll Research found that 83 of Ontarians believe it is important to have more renewable green energy in Ontario to deal with climate change and help reduce record levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere Only 11 of respondents believe that it is not important to take action Small FIT window to open on December 14th The Minister of Energy announced yesterday that the province will proceed with another 200 megawatts of small scale renewable energy projects under the FIT Program Applications will begin to be accepted on December 14th Ontario jump starts green energy plan Sarnia Observer New FIT applications to be taken A long pause in Ontario s uptake of new green energy projects is ending Energy Minister Chris Bentley said this week Ontario will begin taking Feed In Tariff FIT applications for up to 200 megawatts of small renewable power generating projects again Dec 14 The window for the Ontario program that awards contracts to green energy generators had been closed while the province carried out a review that began in the fall of 2011 It has been a long time since the review began and not many businesses can sustain themselves for a year and a half without any new business said Kristopher Stevens executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association It had recently been calling on the province to reopen the FIT process Official OPA FIT 2 0 rules and application window opening on December 14 The Ontario Power Authority OPA sent out a notification this evening confirming that the new FIT 2 0 rules forms and contract will be released and the application window opened for Small Feed in Tariff projects this coming Friday December 14th Community Energy Partnership Program CEPP 2 0 has been announced The Community Energy Partnership Program CEPP 2 0 has been announced Guidelines have been posted and the new rules and application forms for funding of up to 500 000 are expected soon Happy holidays from OSEA The OSEA team would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and thank you for your hard work perseverance and support in 2012 As our year in review video highlights we have accomplished a lot together and 2013 promises new challenges and rewards Thank you for being part of our community and all the best to you and yours in 2013 OSEA Year in Review 2012 In 2012 OSEA through our events webinars campaigns and advocacy work have continued to serve as a voice for the sector create opportunities and rise to the challenges of the past year Here is a look at some of our efforts during the past year FSCO provides guidelines for coop corporate partnerships On behalf of OSEA members Harry French Community Power Leadership group co chair and Ontario Sustainability Services director participated in a Financial Services Commission of Ontario FSCO licensing division meeting that updated the co op sector and renewable energy sector on the types of renewable energy co op structures that FSCO will consider approving Congratulations to Premier Designate Kathleen Wynne The OSEA Community would like to congratulate Kathleen Wynne Premier Designate on her election as the leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario Ms Wynnes track record of consensus building track record as a successful Cabinet Minister with various portfolios commitment to bringing greater focus to rural Ontario and her ground breaking work on the sustainable energy file all bode well to the Liberal Party s renewal and to bridge building with all of the other parties Whitepaper on Local Improvement Charges Summary of Financing for Everyone webinar A summary whitepaper on the OSEA webinar Financing For Everyone Municipalities Can Help Locals Save and Make Money Through Local Improvement Charges What has OSEA s Hydro Power Leadership Group been up to Find out about what OSEA s Hydro Power Leadership Group been up to All Energy Exhibition Conference announces North American debut Toronto chosen as site for premier renewable energy event All Energy Canada in April 2014 February 21 2013 Norwalk CT Reed Exhibitions today announced that the All Energy Canada Exhibition Conference will take place April 9 10 2014 at Toronto s Exhibition Place The date was selected after close consultation with industry associations operating in Canada s renewable energy sector Progressive company in the renewable energy sector seeks qualified Sales Manager OSEA Member EthoSolar is seeking to hire a qualified Sales Manager How the power of suggestion generates wind farm symptoms A clinical study released today in Australia finds that sickness being attributed to windmills is more likely to have been caused by people getting alarmed at the health warnings circulated by anti wind activists OSEA member REpower announces Welland blade production factory OSEA member and wind turbine manufacturer REpower Systems a Suzlon Group company announced that it has chosen Welland Ontario for the setup of a blade production factory For this purpose REpower Systems is in the process of refurbishing a facility within the vicinity of Welland Is Ontario Blowing Its Chance to be an Offshore Wind Winner via Renewable Energy World During a time when other countries are exploring the opportunities of offshore wind power Ontario has yet to take a leadership position in the matter The United States is already committing to new offshore projects on their side of the Great Lakes because of the associated benefits If Ontario adapts offshore wind power it will have a very powerful low impact emission free tool for dealing with peak energy demands Earth Day 2013 9 Canadian Companies Working To Save The World via HuffingtonPost ca Canada consistently ranks in the top 10 in terms of clean tech innovation Many Canadian companies are pioneering innovative green technology but their success is jeopardized by the lack of investor interest From underwater energy storage to smarter solar panels this article takes a look at companies from across the country that are developing technology that could change the way we live work and commute Next New Solar Wind Power Record via Renewables International Combined wind and solar power has reached a new record in Germany Wind and solar company compliment each other very well with more wind power being generated when less solar and vice versa However when wind and solar power converge as they did last week in Germany they have the capacity to significantly threaten natural gas coal and nuclear energy This occurrence though unusual could become a trend in the future as renewable energy becomes more feasible and competitive Renewable Energy at Your Fingertips via Wind Works org The Energy Transition is becoming a fashion item Kirsten Hasberg announced the launch of her crowd sourced venture EnergyDemocracy TV at the Pathways to 100 Renewable Energy conference in San Francisco April 16 2013 In doing so Kirsten flashed her painted fingernails on which are the symbols of renewable energy technologies that make energy democracy possible The Story of MERE 7 Years to Hallelujah In 2005 the M Chigeeng First Nation MFN had a dream to build a wind farm and they installed a wind test tower on a 10 acre parcel of land on a high bluff overlooking their village What follows herein is a story of patience in overcoming technical challenges leading to the achievement of permission in 2010 to proceed with a 4 MW wind farm project Small FIT Call to Action Contact your MPP Dear OSEA Members Friends and Supporters This morning I had the opportunity to meet briefly with Minister Chiarelli s staff to express concerns about the recent notification letters regarding your applications for the Small FIT Open letter to Ontario MPPs World Bank and CIDA sanction CANDU Nuclear Open letter to ALL Ontario MPPs The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA understands that the Province is preparing to review the Long Term Energy Plan a plan that will govern as much as 80 billion worth of investment in the province over the coming decade OSEA applauds the Province for taking a proactive approach and continuing to assess Ontario s future energy needs and options OSEA is concerned that the review will include a renewed commitment to nuclear power Happy birthday to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act Toronto Star op ed by Gillian McEachern Kris Stevens A whole new industry exists in Ontario that wasn t here four years ago The Green Energy and Green Economy Act set the province up as a leader in the emerging global clean energy industry It s time to show that we re in it for the long haul OSEA recommendations to Minister of Energy on Small FIT process Last week OSEA met with the Minister of Energy to discuss the shortfalls of the Small FIT process and to make recommendations to ensure that the program can move forward letting those who passed the initial screening progress while recognizing that there are major problems that need to be addressed and that those that were rejected should be provided a curing process and priority during the next round Introducing OSEA s new Director of Strategy and Member Services Michel Fortin Michel comes to OSEA as a highly qualified marketing strategist recognized for addressing the marketing and branding challenges of North America s leading multi national companies and institutions He is respected for conceptual insights leadership and growth strategies through marketing public relations policy product development consumer advertising and trade communications Why renewable energy co operatives should join OSEA Renewable energy co operatives that become a member of OSEA with the financial support of the Co operators you not only get access to OSEA benefits including ONE STOP policy voice influence in the community power sector you support and get access to the co operative movement Talk about a triple bottom line Windmill opponents demand province give power to municipalities Ottawa Citizen August 20 2013 A coalition of 62 communities in Ontario have declared themselves unwilling hosts to provincially approved windmills and they re demanding that Premier Kathleen Wynne s government allow municipal governments to choose whether and where to put industrial wind projects The Liberal government s 2009 Green Energy Act gave the province control over the location of wind energy projects but in May the province announced changes that will require developers to work more closely with municipalities To that end Wynne has asked the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association to raise awareness in communities slated for the turbine projects about the benefits of hosting including the financial gains that can come from being power generators in a cash strapped economy Read more Green Energy Doors Open Wants You The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is at it again We have officially launched our website greenenergydoorsopen ca seeking participants for the second annual Green Energy Doors Open Building on the success of the first Green Energy Day that was held in 2011 the event will be held across the province on Saturday October 5 th OSEA and sector partner submissions for the Long Term Energy Plan OSEA recently submitted its input for Ontario s Long Term Energy Plan via the Environmental Bill of Rights Thank you to our partners in the sector and the OSEA Policy Advisory Committee for their input We have posted our own submission as well as those of our partners in the sector who have generously shared them to provide a collective resource for our members and supporters Green Energy Doors Open a province wide success The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association s OSEA second annual Green Energy Doors Open held Saturday October 5 2013 was a great success The province wide event included 66 sustainable energy champions who opened their homes community buildings and businesses to showcase conservation renewable energy combined heat and power green buildings clean transportation and other green energy projects Container House seeks a new home before October 31st 2013 Built with a team of volunteers architects designers and contractors at a community workshop abreast of downtown Guelph a prototype shipping container house with the smallest carbon footprint has been constructed The City of Guelph s zoning bi laws now require it to be moved The Foxden Project as it is also known seeks your immediate support in finding it its new home OSEA s Executive Director recognized with Nipissing Distinguished Alumni Award On October 25 th 2013 Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association will be honoured with Nipissing University s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award during Homecoming Weekend in North Bay Ontario The award is presented to alumni whose achievements and excellence in their endeavours have distinguished them as valued leaders An interview with Nipissing University Distinguished Alumnus Kristopher Stevens An interview with OSEA s Executive Director Kristopher Stevens on his Distinguished Alumni Award from Nipissing University OSEA welcomes Jason Hails and Graham Seaman to its Board of Directors The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is pleased to announce its two new Directors after its Annual General Meeting held on Friday September 20 th 2013 The two new Directors join a pragmatic board of future focused leaders committed to the transition to a more sustainable energy system in Ontario Call for Papers All Energy Canada Exhibition Conference All Energy Canada Exhibition Conference is the third event in the global All Energy series The conference provides a forum for national and international experts in the renewable energy industry and energy conservation sectors an opportunity to exchange views and share knowledge expertise and experience with a focus on trading with and within North America and internationally Speakers are being sought with strong expertise and a proven track record in the technology relating to each of the generation sources and in the processes systems and thought leadership required to provide an effective and sustainable investment climate Speaker applications due by December 16 2013 Bestselling author Chris Turner makes the case for a German style shift towards renewable energy Chris Turner bestselling author of The War on Science The Leap and the Geography of Hope will discuss the lessons that Ontario can learn from Germany and its trailblazing move to renewable energy at a lecture on Saturday Nov 9 Mattamy Athletic Centre 3 00pm Watch Chris Turner s talk Tracking The German Leap This past Saturday November 9 2013 in Toronto Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Toronto and Ryerson University s Centre for Urban Energy partnered to present a talk by bestselling author and renowned sustainability expert Chris Turner EfstonScience named Authorized Solar Distributor for Schneider Electric s Grid Tie Inverters for FIT Ontario FIT compliant Schneider Electric manufactures the world s most bankable GT Solar Inverters EfstonScience Canada s solar power experts is pleased to announce eSolar ca is now the Authorized Solar Distributor for Schneider Electric s Grid Tie GT Central Solar Inverters formerly known as Xantrex GT Inverters LIFE Co op issues marketing sales RFP LIFE Co op Kitchener ON is looking for support in selling their recently issued preference shares New name for engineering excellence REpower is now Senvion REpower Systems SE a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group the world s fifth largest manufacturer of wind turbines is changing its name as announced from today the company will be known as Senvion SE The Hamburg based wind turbine manufacturer will now identify itself using the new Senvion branding worldwide Powering Prosperity gala a resounding success On Thursday January 23 2014 the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association gathered close to 400 of the leading agents for change in Ontario s sustainable energy sector at our second annual Powering Prosperity fundraiser We were delighted to bring together the community public and commercial energy sectors for a night of great conversation fantastic food and powerful presentations Waterloo Engineering launches graduate diploma in green energy The University of Waterloo s Faculty of Engineering Canada s largest engineering school and a leader in green energy research will launch a graduate diploma in green energy to provide professional development for working engineers through real time online learning The Green Energy Graduate Diploma is the first of its kind to be offered in Canada Waterloo s extensive network of private sector partners utilities government and the non profit sector collaborated on the development of the program in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy New Ontario Organization is Advancing the Role Women in Renewable Energy via Alternatives Journal WiRE is creating unique opportunities for women to connect with the renewable energy sector Sun Country Highway Links Arms with ABB to Offer Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Sun Country Highway SCH expands its suite of sustainability oriented product solutions to include DC fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure made possible by a recent partnership between Sun Country Highway and ABB The addition of high speed electric vehicle supply equipment EVSE makes SCH the only company in the world to offer level 1 level 2 and level 3 charging solutions as well as extended range full size electric vehicles eREVs Nobel Peace Prize winner is Keynote speaker for All Energy Canada Conference in Toronto The All Energy Canada organizers are delighted to announce that Dr Woodrow Woody W Clark II will make a strategic Canadian appearance as the Keynote speaker on April 9th 2014 All Energy Canada is modelled after the UK s largest annual renewable energy and energy efficiency event held in Aberdeen Scotland for over a decade All Energy Canada will be held April 9th and 10th 2014 at the Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre in Toronto Ontario IESO and OPA energy storage procurements moving forward Find out about the energy storage procurements the OPA and IESO are moving forward with North American Solar Seeks To Learn From Germany s Grid Integration Trials Despite its success in managing variable generation power sources such as wind and solar Germany s electricity distribution system is beginning to show signs of saturation And while German officials work to resolve grid related challenges U S and Canadian solar advocates who view Germany as a bellwether are closely monitoring developments via SolarIndustryMag com It s smaller than you might think the role of renewables in Ontario residential electricity bills A colder than normal winter and news reports about rising electricity prices have made energy costs a top of mind issue in Ontario In their newly released report Environmental Defense peels back the rhetoric surrounding the role renewable energy plays in our electricity bills and look at some hard numbers Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre SSMIC Bio Technology RFP The Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre SSMIC on behalf of a group of community stakeholders is pleased to issue an RFP inviting companies to take part in developing a wood based bioenergy project s for the Sault Ste Marie area Video Imagine what we can do together Imagine an Ontario powered heated cooled and moved by a diverse portfolio of sustainable energy solutions Watch our new video produced with our friends at Hobe Hosokawa Three days away Grow your international business in the renewable energy sector How to do international business in the renewable energy sector Keynote presentation by Nobel Prize Recipient Smart Green Cities Where energy is going in the next 100 years Free trade show A thank you to our volunteers during National Volunteer Week The OSEA team are proud to support National Volunteer Week and would like to say thank you to all our volunteers past and present for generously offering up your time to lend a hand Prowind Canada chooses Senvion Turbines for Community Wind Farm Hamilton April 11th 2014 Prowind Canada in partnership with the Oxford Community Energy Co op OCEC has signed a contract with Senvion SE for the delivery of 10 MM92 turbines on 100 m towers for the Gunn s Hill Wind Farm The 18 MW wind project will be located in the Township of Norwich close to Woodstock ON The Oxford Community Energy Co op based in Woodstock will own up to 49 percent of the project and thus directly benefit from its revenues Turbine blades will be sourced from Senvion s blade production facility in Welland ON that currently employs about 130 people The turbine towers will also be manufactured in Ontario 8 things you need to know as a sustainable energy champion about the 2014 budget The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association s 8 things you need to know as a sustainable energy champion about the 2014 budget Decentralised Energy Canada hosts Gateways to Innovation Innovation in decentralised energy was the topic of discussion at an event in Calgary on May 7 2014 hosted by Decentralised Energy Canada DEC Gateways to Innovation emphasized the important role innovative energy technologies play in building a new energy infrastructure in Canada DEC invited guest speakers from both SAIT Polytechnic and Innovate Calgary to participate in the event LoyaltyOne spreads awareness and inspiration through local initiatives At LoyaltyOne the customer loyalty specialists behind Air Miles Dotz and other popular customer loyalty programs efficiency is the name of the game And as they ve come to learn through their in house pilot programs corporate culture and environmental initiatives sustainability is the key to attaining it One of OSEA s newest members LoyaltyOne is paving the way by corporate and individual example to a more sustainable and environmentally aware Ontario LIFE SouthWest and ArcStar reach financing agreement for solar portfolio 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 Niagara s sustainable energy employers meet the candidates On Thursday May 22 nd the Hon Jim Bradley Liberal Karen Fraser Green and Mathew Siscoe PC joined more than 50 representatives of the Niagara sustainable energy sector at Hernder Estate Wines for an evening of networking amazing wine and discussion about the importance of green energy to the region and the party platforms for the upcoming election The event was hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association in partnership with the Niagara Energy Alliance and sponsored by ENERCON Canada Senvion wpd Canda and Jinko Solar Solarize Energy and Community Power Northumberland Announce a Development and Financing Partnership Solarize Energy L P a leading developer of clean energy projects today announced that it has reached agreement on a development and financing partnership with Community Power Northumberland CPN a community co operative The agreement includes the design construction and finance and operation of three FIT2 projects recently awarded by the Ontario Power Authority OPA to CPN These community participation projects are expected to reach commercial operation by the third quarter of 2014 OSEA Raises Funds to Run Ad Campaign in Support of Sustainable Energy in the Provincial Election The 2014 Ontario provincial election is just around the corner and the major parties are neck at neck in the polls One of these parties has vowed to cancel the Green Energy Act and the FIT programs initiatives that have attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 new manufacturing trades and high tech jobs during a global economic crisis Rod slams an act Find out which one Local candidates in the provincial election campaign shared their thoughts on the sustainable energy sector in a discussion Thursday Candidates were asked by visiting members of the Toronto based Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA how each party would ensure sustainable energy remains a part of Ontario s energy supply moving forward how important they feel the sustainable energy sector is in job creation and what role they see for green energy in the province s economic and energy landscape Niagara This Week Candidates weigh in on energy issues By Scott Rosts ST CATHARINES Provincial candidates from St Catharines had their say on its party s position on the sustainable energy sector in one of the first opportunities to publicly debate issues Sustainable Energy champions from Kingston Frontenac and the Islands meet the candidates Kingston Ontario On Monday June 9 th Sophie Kiwala Liberal Robert Kiley Green Party Mary Rita Holland NDP and Jonathan Reid Freedom Party joined over 30 attendees at the Kingston Brew Pub for an evening of networking pints and discussion about the importance of green energy in the region Attending candidates participated in a short panel and were on hand to meet and speak with the attendees The event was hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA SWITCH and Sustainability Kingston Sustainable Energy champions from Oshawa meet the candidates Oshawa Ontario On Tuesday June 10 th Ryan Kelly NDP Stacey Leadbetter Green Party and Estrick Quintyn Liberal joined voters at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery for an evening of networking and discussion about the importance of green energy in the region Attending candidates participated in a short panel and were on hand to meet and speak with the attendees The event was hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA and Living Green Durham College Ontario s prosperity is powered heated cooled and moved by sustainable energy By Kristopher Stevens Executive Director Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Green sustainable energy is working for Ontario making us all more prosperous Across the province we are seeing the modern green energy sector advancing the economies of communities like Welland Pic River Brant County Toronto M Chigeeng Guelph Kingston Sault Ste Marie Markham London and Kapuskasing New jobs investment and opportunities for local ownership are powering their economic prosperity Ontario Once a Leader Lost Its Way But the Results are Here to Stay May 9 2014 By Paul Gipe Bakersfield California In 2009 Ontario leapt to the forefront of energy policy in North America when it introduced the Green Energy and Green Economy Act For those south of the Canadian border it was a surprising turn of events Accustomed to thumping our chests and shouting to the rooftops how we are the first in this or that policy Ontario forced some of us to turn to our atlases to find it on a map No it s not a suburb of Los Angeles we learned but the most populous province in Canada and the country s industrial heartland Senvion CEO North America Helmut Herold receives distinction of Quebec wind industry Montreal June 11th 2014 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 Carpenters Annual Apprentice Competition Comes to Toronto Ready Set Drill Will that be the call that starts the United Brotherhood of Carpenters 22nd annual National Apprenticeship Competition in Toronto this August The event to be held at Roundhouse Park will run from August 21 to 23 and offers a packed schedule The practical part of the exam in which the apprentices will be evaluated on their trade skills should also be the fun part and that will be open to the public A New Look for a Growing Power in the Energy World Leader Resources Ontario Company Expanding into Solar to Grow Power for Generations to Come Kincardine Ontario Leader Resources of Kincardine Ontario is launching a new look reflecting the Ontario company s expanding portfolio and markets The new logo website and social media presence coincide with the addition of solar energy and an expansion beyond the borders of Ontario EfstonSolar is helping FIT projects secure financing including Co ops When it comes to securing financing for FIT 1 0 or 2 0 solar projects co operatives face unique challenges that differ from other FIT contract holders such as developers and corporations with similar projects ETHOSOLAR COMPLETES THE FIRST OF 33 SOLAR PROJECTS WITH SIMCOE COUNTY COMMUNITY ENERGY CO OP Solar energy continues to shine as Barrie based solar solutions provider EthoSolar wraps up the Blue Heron Stables Solar Project Barrie Ontario Canada July 15 2014 EthoSolar is finishing a significant roof mount solar project this week at Blue Heron Stables in Minesing Ontario This photovoltaic PV solar system involved the installation of 100 kW AC of solar panels on two buildings through the Ontario Feed In Tariff FIT Program Farmers business owners and church groups alike are quickly realizing the benefits to participating in the Province s incentive programs An increasing number of residents throughout Simcoe County and beyond are opting to go solar Ontario 10 years behind in First Nations consultation process Horizon Wind expresses frustration over lack of clear rules of engagement Zata Omm s vox lumen Zata Omm s newest dance production vox lumen is its most bold and innovative yet Choreographed by Artistic Director William Yong and presented in partnership with Toronto s Harbourfront Centre vox lumen is a self contained production powered by its performers and viewers The work reminds us that we are stewards of a planet whose resources are being consumed at an unprecedented rate Year after year environments across the globe and thousands of

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - January 2012, Issue 1
    minded people and make professional contacts Advocacy campaigns on policy and regulatory issues that support community and commercial sustainable energy and conservation in Ontario Research into key areas such as skills training energy storage community ownership and partnership models A regular newsletter to keep our network up to date on the latest policies happenings and developments in the sector There are a number of easy ways you can join OSEA today and be a part of the solution Your membership or contribution directly supports the continuous work of OSEA We are all in this together and it is our growing community of supporters who will continue to move Ontario towards an energy system that is 100 per cent sustainable OSEA FIT Webinar Series The straight facts on Hydro One connection issues Problems with Hydro One connecting your project Do you think that Hydro One has Inflated your connection cost estimates Failed to properly identifying your connection work Misled you regarding whether the work must be done by them rather than your own contractors Taken advantage of you by implying your CIA will be lost if you do not agree to pay non negotiable connection costs within 6 months Join Gowlings lawyer Ian Mondrow who has successfully challenged Hydro One practices at the Ontario Energy Board OEB and won an important test case related to the above questions Get the straight facts to move your project forward During the second half of the webinar participants will have the opportunity to share their own cases ask questions and contribute to OSEA s strategy for next steps including briefing the Minister of Energy and other collective actions When Thursday January 12 2012 POSTPONED New date will be published shortly Cost 40 for non members Free to OSEA Champion Enabler and Supporter members OSEA friends pay 34 Register http oseawebinars eventbrite com OSEA CanSIA Present Solar Drinks January 11 Happy New Year OSEA and CanSIA wish you all the best for the upcoming months and we look forward to seeing you at the first Solar Drinks of 2012 Cheers to a sunny year ahead Please note that there have been changes to the event registration and pricing On January 11th OSEA and CanSIA look forward to seeing you at the first Solar Drinks for the new year Join us for another fun evening of great networking in a relaxed atmosphere When 5 30pm 8 30 pm on Wednesday January 11th Where OverDraught Irish Pub 156 Front St W Toronto map How much General admission includes a buffet dinner General Admission Member 20 General Admission Non member 25 Advance registrations save 5 and receive a complimentary drink ticket with their buffet dinner Advance Admission Member 15 Please contact the OSEA office for the promotion code Advance Admission Non member 20 Advance Registration http solardrinks eventbrite com Advance registration closes 48 hours before the event Drink tickets are redeemable until 6 30 pm Sponsor the event Solar Drinks is an ideal opportunity to stand out and

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - December 2011, Issue 2
    buying green gifts during our huge sale at our new Online Shop Save big on our Webinar 5 session pass packages more than 50 off Community Power 2011 Conference Recordings now only 25 and books 25 off Green Home TV VIDEO Community Power 2011 and the FIT Review Green Home TV took in OSEA s Community Power 2011 conference This year s conference focused on the OPA s review of the FIT program as well as looking at other industry developments and ways to grow community involvement in power projects The video features an interview with Kris Stevens Executive Director of OSEA who hosted the conference and gave Green Home TV his sense of the conference s direction View Green Home TV Community Power 2011 and the FIT Review City of Toronto Request for Expression of Interest for Green Lane Landfill City of Toronto Request for Expression of Interest REOI 9150 11 3217 for Green Lane Landfill Lease of Buffer Land and Landfill Gas Utilization The City of Toronto has issued a REOI to invite interested parties to comment on two initiatives related to the City s Green Lane Landfill 1 to sell landfill gas for purposes other than the generation of electricity for sale to the Ontario Power Authority and 2 to lease buffer lands to companies for the purpose of establishing new businesses in the waste management or agricultural related sectors The initiatives are related because the availability of the landfill gas may increase the viability of the buffer land as a new business location The City will consider the information received in response to the REOI when deciding whether or not or how to proceed with a subsequent Request for Proposals RFP or Request for Quotation RFQ Respondents to the REOI may be given the opportunity to

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - December 2011, Issue 1
    bistro and wine bar Vert catering Montforte Dairy Ninutik Maple Sugar Steam Whistle OSEA s Municipal Green Energy Resources OSEA has created a Tumblr blog as a jump off point to help municipalities get honest information about their powers and responsibilities when it comes to renewable energy development Municipalities are key partners in helping Ontario become a clean energy leader The municipal role in renewable energy development can include participating as a developer encouraging projects for economic development purposes establishing renewable energy policies and targets providing comments and input on project design via the consultation process authorizing the use of municipal property entering into agreements with developers and enacting by laws affecting projects or any combination of these roles We hope you find these resources useful and we encourage you to look around our website to learn more about how we are working with communities across the province to make Ontario a cleaner greener and more prosperous place OSEA s Municipal Green Energy Briefing Tumblr Blog oseagreenmunicipalpower tumblr com OSEA s briefing letter Private members bill briefing Local Municipality Democracy Act Renewable Energy Facilitation Office Ministry of Energy guidebook Renewable Energy Development A Guide for Municipalities OSEA s FIT Review Draft Document We are very pleased to release OSEA s near complete FIT review submission On Wednesday we met with Fareed Amin Deputy Minister Ministry of Energy and his colleagues Based on our discussions we will be finalizing details for early next week Presented in a detailed slideshow it outlines our review recommendations and answers to the OPA s survey questions as well as what we heard from our members and supporters Our recommendations for the Ontario FIT Program Review are the following Realize the Vision Preference for Community Energy Ensure full transparency across all involved government agencies Implement service guarantees Add better differentiate among technologies Support long term transformation to sustainable energy Download the presentation for full details OSEA s FIT Program Review Submission Draft Presentation PDF OSEA s final written submission is forthcoming Check our website for an update in the coming days Nuclear Power Where s the Business Case What kind of Ontario do you want to live in What type of legacy do you want to leave your children and future generations What role will energy fill in that future How can we make our energy system more sustainable The International Energy Association has concluded that the biggest challenge facing a more integrated distributed and sustainable energy system is the unfair competitive advantage created by heavy subsidies for conventional energy The Ontario Power Authority has finalized its draft of a 20 year plan to build new generation upgrade the power grid and invest in energy efficiency This plan would formally allocate almost 50 of the Ontario market share to nuclear generation for several decades 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

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