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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - November 2011, Issue 2
    of Energy Hon Chris Bentley will speak at The Green Connection The 2011 Community Power Awards were presented on Monday November 14th during the Green Connection banquet and awards ceremony The award winners are individuals who have made significant contributions to the Community Power movement in Ontario and globally The award presentation followed a keynote speech by Chris Bentley Ontario s Minister of Energy The 2011 award winners are Community Power Leader Award winner Mike Brigham President of TREC Solar Share International Community Power Leader Award winner Stefan Gsänger World Wind Energy Association Secretary General since WWEA s foundation in 2001 Urban Community Power Leader Award winner Farrah Khan Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Aboriginal Community Power Leader Award winner Byron LeClair Director of Community Development Pic River First Nation Rural Community Power Leader Award Winner Don McCabe Vice President Ontario Federation of Agriculture Watch video of the minister s speech at the awards ceremony Keynote Presentation by Hon Chris Bentley Ontario Minister of Energy Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act Ontario s Green Energy and Green Economy Act has by almost any measure of performance applications investment jobs industrial development been a great success but so far few feed in tariff contracts are in commercial operation What was right and what has gone wrong OSEA board member Marion Fraser answers this question in her paper Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act Fraser explores the gap between policy and implementation with an examination of how politics frustrates policy how public sector organizations can impair public policy and how self interest trumps the greater good Read the full policy document here Marion Fraser Getting it Right Not Quite Ontario s Green Energy Act PDF CI Energy Group s Renewable Energy Investment Grid Development Strategy Conference OSEA members SAVE 15 As an industry partner the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association has arranged for it s member to receive a special registration rate 15 off to attend CI Energy Group s Renewable Energy Investment and Grid Development Strategy Conference taking place on January 30 31 2012 in Toronto View the Agenda Featuring case studies panel discussions high level presentations this event gathers a diverse speaker faculty to provide a wide variety of perspectives and experiences Walk away with the information needed to capitalize on the many opportunities in Ontario s renewable sector Discuss current challenges and practical solutions to top of mind issues like managing supply securing financing and approvals implementing infrastructure upgrades and more Hear from top industry experts including David Butters President Association of Power Producers of Ontario APPrO Bruce Campbell Vice President Resource Integration Independent Electricity System Operator Ontario IESO Richard Ford CEng MIET Manager Grid Solutions Toronto Hydro Electric System Ltd Pierre Guimond President and CEO Canadian Electricity Association James Keech Chair Electricity Distributor s Association Wes Johnson Director of Policy and Research Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA Kristopher Stevens Executive Director Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA PLUS Extend your

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - November 2011, Issue 1
    the door of the Steam Whistle Brewery 255 Bremner Blvd in the evening on Monday November 14 Please note that we can only accept cash payments at the door Exact change will be appreciated We look forward to seeing you at the events Ontario Minister of Energy to open the Green Connection Ontario Minister of Energy Hon Chris Bentley will speak at The Green Connection Join the industry s sustainable energy champions and Ontario s top chefs at the Steam Whistle Brewery on Monday November 14th after the first day of the Community Power Conference as we throw the sector s best and most exclusive social event Rub shoulders with other entrepreneurs sustainability advocates and personalities in the green space and build your knowledge and network whilst enjoying mouth watering hors d oeuvres from celeb chefs and unlimited tastings of an intriguing variety of exclusively Ontario libations There will be live entertainment and a raffle with some amazing prizes and spectacular décor using some of the finest kites from Toronto s largest kite festival WindFest When Monday November 14 6 30 10 00 pm Where Steam Whistle Brewery 255 Bremner Blvd Toronto ON M5V 3M9 behind CN Tower Tickets 95 each OSEA Community Power Roadmap to Success workshop series The workshop series is now 2 3 of the way complete and what a great success The workshops have been well attended and plenty of ideas and potential community power projects identified If you are interested in starting a community owned community controlled solar project in your neighbourhood think about attending one of the final free sessions Hamilton tonight Wednesday November 9th with Environment Hamilton Niagara Wednesday November 16th with Climate Action Niagara Barrie Friday November 25th with the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce Aurora Tuesday November 29th at the Windfall Ecology Centre For a little more insight into community based power and our workshops please watch our short video at http go ontario sea org mjiav If you would like to attend any of these free workshops please contact Steve Ireson at Steve Ontario SEA org Insight Information 5th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum December 5 6 2011 St Andrew s Club and Conference Centre Toronto This annual forum explores recent developments in the renewable resources sector that are engaging aboriginal participation in energy and economic development projects You will benefit from multiple opportunities to discuss best practices and establish important industry contacts with others involved in the energy business Attend to see first hand how others are meeting the challenges and come away with solutions that will enable your community to move forward Featured session on Financing First Nations Projects speakers include Deborah Doncaster Executive Director Community Power Fund Brent R Kopperson Director Pukwis Energy Co operative Executive Director Windfall Ecology Centre Shannon McCabe Program Analyst Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund Ontario Power Authority Barbara Hendrickson Counsel Miller Titerle LLP Rob Roberti Senior Vice President of Power Generation Capstone Infrastructure Corporation For complete conference details visit www insightinfo com aboriginalenergy Upcoming

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - October 2011, Issue 2
    ontario sea org fax to 416 977 4441 In order to fill up the show and finalize the logistical details we are offering a special promotional rate for our last exhibit spaces Call now to take advantage of this very special offer Community Power Roadmap To Success Workshop Series Video As we hit the end of October we are pleased to have successfully delivered six of our fifteen workshops London Kitchener Waterloo Sault Ste Marie Toronto Cobden and Perth Many thanks to our local partners in those areas for all their hard work setting things up in advance of our arrival A great mix of attendees at each session and plenty of excitement and ideas about community power projects Hopefully we will see these ideas turn into completed projects down the road Over the next six weeks we will be delivering sessions in Midland Sudbury Sarnia Lambton Cobourg Hamilton Niagara Aurora Barrie and back to Toronto The goal of this initiative is to encourage local community engagement participation and investment in renewable energy projects by their increasing awareness of renewable energy and local ownership OSEA s Community Power Workshops will help you to prepare an action plan for a community power project in your neighbourhood Community owned community controlled and generating economic environmental and social benefits for you and your neighbours This will be an interactive highly participative workshop We will create a community vision for a project in your community a project you are working on a project that you see as a possibility or we will use a practical example that is applicable to you We will experience the value of working together and use a variety of tools to establish the scope feasibility and organizational structure for your project OSEA will introduce its new Community Based Renewable Energy Impact Model local leaders will be provided with a clear understanding of the jobs and expenditures created locally Our Roadmap for Getting Your Project from Vision to Reality has been translated into a Toolkit for Initiating Your Solar PV Community Power Project This is a 69 page take a way workbook to help you mobilize your community to think locally and act locally For a little more insight into community based power and our workshops please watch our short video at http go ontario sea org mjiav If you would like to attend any of these workshops please contact Steve Ireson at Steve Ontario SEA org Job Opportunity at ZooShare ZooShare Biogas Co operative Inc is seeking a passionate socially aware intern to assist with the evolution of the organization as they move into their biggest phase yet ZooShare Biogas Co operative Inc is a non profit non share capital renewable energy cooperative with a mission to drive the growth of community owned biogas around Ontario They are seeking someone who can help manage the ZooShare community as it grows both online and in membership and help to manage and expand their bond sales program as well as participate

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - October 2011, Issue 1
    for the sector as we navigate untraveled waters together Don t miss the Power Networking Centre trade show jointly hosted with the Association of Power Producers of Ontario cocktail receptions and renewable energy tours which provide ample opportunities to network and make new business connections And don t forget to have a little fun Join us the industry s sustainable energy champions and Ontario s top chefs at the Steam Whistle Brewery as we throw the sector s best and most exclusive social event the Green Connection on Monday November 14th For details and registration visit thegreenconnection ca Tickets 75 day early bird 95 day regular Registration link http go ontario sea org register4cp2011 Preparing Wind And Solar Generators For Centralized Forecasting IESO Centralized Forecasting Webinar If you own or operate a wind or solar facility with an installed capacity of five megawatts MW or greater you will soon be required to register with the Independent Electricity System Operator s IESO new Centralized Forecasting Service The IESO will hold a webinar on October 20 2011 at 2 00pm to help wind and solar generators learn about the service and better understand its technical requirements Centralized Forecasting will increase the availability and accuracy of energy forecasts from renewable resources and is essential for maintaining system reliability and market efficiency If you own operate or plan to build a wind or solar facility with an installed capacity of 5 MW or greater please contact stakeholder engagement ieso ca to register for this important webinar For further information on the Renewable Integration Initiative or to review and comment on the new Centralized Forecasting requirement documents please visit http www ieso ca imoweb consult consult se91 asp Please send your comments by October 19 2011 Durham Strategic Energy Alliance 4th Annual Energy Conference SmartFutures Connecting Energy Technology Communities Ajax Convention Centre November 2 3 2011 The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance is proud to introduce our 4th Annual Energy Conference SmartFutures Connecting Energy Technology Communities A successful energy ecosystem must consist of a truly integrated network of systems and capabilities This year s conference will focus on the collaboration and intersection of three key segments of the smart energy market energy including renewable energy energy storage and natural gas technology or enabling applications including integration and reliability issues and communities including case studies of community adoption of smart energy practices Building on the success of our 2010 conference SmartFutures 2011 brings together professionals from various industries and disciplines Topics covered will provide local examples of smart energy applications and projects underway best practices from leading jurisdictions on the adoption of various technologies and discussions around the relationships and collaborative efforts that have enabled energy ecosystem successes around the world This unique combination of experience relationships and market focus make SmartFutures 2011 the perfect venue for established leaders and new market entrants alike to learn communicate and network on the brink of the smart energy future For information regarding the conference please click here We are

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  • OSEA: OSEA's note of thanks
    greener and more prosperous Ontario Thank you for your hard work your financial contributions and support Together we ensured that our policy issues Green Energy and Community Power were front and centre during the election In case you missed it here are a few of the highlights of our united efforts OSEA s Political Webinar Series Our political webinar series was one of our best attended webinar series yet http go ontario sea org polioutlook The archives of all of our webinars are accessible if you would like to view them Simply contact nicole ontario sea org and she will provide you with the access codes WattsNEXT Competition On September 24th the WattsNEXT video competition concluded with the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario winning the grand prize a 10kw solar PV system worth close to 70 000 donate by AS Solar and OSM Solar Their story can be found here http go ontario sea org mfhrk Please check out www WattsNEXT ca to join the more than 2600 people who have showed their support and to view the amazing video submissions Green Energy Field Day The WattsNEXT award ceremony was held as part of OSEA s first ever province wide Green Energy Field Day This doors open event was held in partnership with 350 org s world wide Moving Planet rally and involved 30 organizations in 20 communities across the province A summary of the day is up on the OSEA website here http go ontario sea org dxrsx OSEA s TV Ads Our aspirational TV advertisements promoting the continued support of Green Energy policy and programs in Ontario received a lot of media These ads had a real impact and helped to get people talking to their candidates about how they would support this important sector if elected You

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - September 2011, Issue 2
    awarded to Colin Jeffery for the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy in Little Current Ontario and the 3rd place prize to Stephen Bowes for the Matthew House Refugee Reception Services in Toronto Both will receive 2000 green energy bursaries CanBio Annual National Conference and Trade Show BIOENERGY DRIVER OF SOCIOECONOMIC GROWTH October 12 13 2011 Delta Chelsea Hotel Toronto ON Economical dispatchable and sustainable bioenergy is on the upswing People are realizing that bioenergy more than any other renewable energy can fuel economic growth in beleaguered regions across the country while providing renewable and dependable heat and power for homes and businesses and fuel for transportation At the CanBio National Conference and Trade Show we will take the next step to rolling out bioenergy across the country What will we feature We will Show the contribution to the Canadian economy of bioenergy especially at the local level Explain the complexities of bioenergy projects and how to solve them Hold our first ever Dragon s Den connecting investors from Canada and Europe with project proponents Showcase development of Exciting New Technologies including torrefied wood Expose obstacles and opportunities created by today s policies Show how biomass imports will boom in Europe and Korea Offer a day District Energy Course courtesy of the Canadian District Energy Association and much more download the conference agenda For more information click here or contact Noam Sugarman at 705 472 2280 or info canbio ca The Green Connection 2011 Fall s premiere green networking party Enjoy mouth watering canapés and hors d oeuvres and unlimited tastings of an intriguing variety of exclusively Ontario beer wine meade cider port juices and smoothies with some of the Province s most interesting entrepreneurs sustainability advocates and personalities in the green space All this brought to you by celebrity chefs such as Brad Long and Michael Steh Ontario s first biodynamic vineyard Southbrook and of course Steam Whistle beers Top that with award winning and beautifully crafted Ninutik Maple Sugar creations Chocosol s unforgettable drinking chocolate created with indigenous cacao growers from Mexico Profundo There will be entertainment and a raffle with some amazing prizes Spectacular décor using some of the finest kites from Toronto s largest kite festival WindFest Tickets 75 00 early bird 95 00 regular Where The historic Roundhouse home of Steam Whistle Brewery behind CN Tower When Monday November 14th 6 30pm 9 30pm Buy tickets www thegreenconnection ca Presented by Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA Green Home TV An Overview of Sustainable and Solar Energy in Ontario At our Green Energy Field Day event at Queens Park this past Saturday Thom Mills of Green Home TV caught up with OSEA executive director Kris Stevens for a discussion about sustainable and solar energy in Ontario Kris brings us up to speed on the burgeoning industry and helps to make sense of the spin and misconceptions around the Green Energy Act and Feed in Tariff that we are hearing as we head towards the October 6th provincial election Touching

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - September 2011, Issue 1
    out our Event Tip Sheet PDF For assistance please contact Nicole Risse at nicole ontario sea org or 416 977 4441 x 5205 OSEA Community Power Roadmap to Success workshop series dates More workshop dates announced We are pleased to announce that OSEA has partnered with several not for profit organizations to deliver 15 community power workshops across the province These 3 hour interactive and experiential workshops are free to attend and require no previous experience or knowledge regarding renewable energy to participate Our goal is to engage established community based organizations e g environmental clubs ethnocultural associations student unions etc and institutional groups with assets e g municipalities hospitals and schools and to build up their capacity to collaborate on their own community power projects Event Date Time Area Thurs Sept 15 6 30 9 30pm Kitchener Waterloo Fri Sept 23 9am 12pm Sault Ste Marie Tues Sept 27 TBA GTA OCT 18 or 20 TBC TBA Perth Wed Oct 19 1pm 4pm Renfrew County Cobden Wed Oct 26 5 45 8 45pm Simcoe County Midland Thurs Oct 27 TBA Sudbury Tues Nov 1 TBA Sarnia Lambton Tues Nov 8 1pm 4pm Halton Wed Nov 9 6 30 9 30pm Hamilton View the complete list of workshops If you are interested to attend one of these workshops or need more information please contact Steve Ireson via Steve Ontario SEA org CanSIA Launches New Improved Stand Up for Solar Website Ontario residents are proud to live in a province that has become a world leader in solar energy They believe in the impact solar is having on the province s job sector and recognize the role solar plays in a cleaner greener economy As the public dialogue on energy continues it s important that our provincial candidates know Ontario wants solar for today and in the future The Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA is excited to kick off its new Stand Up for Solar website designed to give solar supporters a stronger voice and an opportunity to join the conversation about our energy future The website gives Ontario residents a direct voice in the energy debate through a new and improved interactive blog and four enhanced Action Tools Meet Ontario s solar workers through a YouTube video series and learn more about the benefits of solar energy and why it s here to stay To kick off the first week stay tuned for an upcoming contest to win a new iPad Now is the time for Ontarians to tell provincial candidates we support solar energy and want to see more of it Please forward this message to encourage your friends and family to have their voices heard Join the conversation about your energy future Stand Up for Solar in Ontario Visit StandUpforSolar ca to learn more CanBio Annual National Conference and Trade Show BIOENERGY DRIVER OF SOCIOECONOMIC GROWTH October 12 13 2011 Delta Chelsea Hotel Toronto ON Economical dispatchable and sustainable bioenergy is on the upswing People are realizing that

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - August 2011, Issue 3
    your conservation or renewable energy project big or small by participating in the province wide Green Energy Field Day This doors open event will give you a chance to showcase your project and inspire others More importantly it will be a great opportunity for family friends and your community to find out the contribution you are making to a cleaner greener and more prosperous Ontario We are going to have a lot of fun To join in simply sign up at www WattsNEXT ca to host an event at your site and we will help by providing you a check list of things to do to get ready for your guests and some other useful resources We will also promote your project online and assist with media outreach The earlier you sign up the more profile you will get and the more we can help you out Thanks for being a positive force for a more sustainable Ontario For assistance please contact Nicole Risse at nicole ontario sea org or 416 977 4441 x 5205 Fall Webinar Schedule As fall is approaching we have lined up some exciting webinars for you in our OSEA FIT Webinar Series Mark your calendars Sept 15 11 30 am 1 00 pm Discussing the Future of the Feed in Tariff program and solar power development in Ontario More Details Registration http oseawebinars eventbrite com Sept 22 10 00 11 30 am Industrialization Economic Growth and Job Creation More Details Registration http oseacmewebinar eventbrite com Oct 13 10 00 11 30 am Renewable Energy Approvals 101 for Developers How to Prepare Your Application and Eliminate Potential Rework free More Details Registration http oseamoewebinar eventbrite com Oct 27 10 00 11 30 am Ontario s Smart Grid More Details Registration http smartgridwebinar eventbrite com Nov 03 10 00 11 30 am Social Impacts of Community Power More Details Registration http socialimpactwebinar eventbrite com OSEA Community Power Roadmap to Success workshop series We are please to announce that OSEA has partnered with several NFP organizations to deliver 15 community power workshops across the province OSEA was awarded an education grant from the Community Energy Partnerships Program CEPP to deliver these 3 hr interactive and experiential workshops which are free to attend and require no previous experience or knowledge regarding solar power or renewable green energy to participate Our goal is to engage established community based organizations e g environmental clubs ethnocultural associations student unions etc and institutional groups with assets e g municipalities hospitals and schools and to build up their capacity to collaborate on their own community power projects Ultimately our interest is to build confidence in Ontario community based groups to embark upon the launching of a project from start to finish The workshops are spread across the province with the first one taking place in London on Tuesday September 13th Following that Kitchener Waterloo takes place on Thursday September 15th and we will be in Sault Ste Marie on Friday September 23rd View the

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