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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - August 2011, Issue 2
    future for Ontario adding a green energy project to the map or showing your support for green energy on WattsNEXT ca Do you have a green energy project Add it to the WattsNEXT map to show how individuals communities and companies across Ontario are helping to clean up our air and create new jobs Entering a project also enters you in the bi weekly draws for great prizes Friends of Wind Ontario launch information meeting series Jutta Splettstoesser President launched the Friends of Wind Ontario information meeting series at the Legion in Clinton Ontario on Tuesday July 26 The Friends of Wind are organizing the community meetings to provide information about wind power generation and engage communities in supporting wind power generation The Friends of Wind next public meeting is planned for Chatham on August 18 see event for full details When Thursday August 18 2011 at 7 00 PM Where Chatham Banquet Conference Centre former CAW Hall 280 Merritt Ave Friends of Wind Ontario will speak about wind energy based on the facts with the goal to help Ontario communities understand the social environmental and economic benefits Guest Speakers Jutta Splettstoesser President Friends of Wind Ontario Dr W David Colby MSc MD FRC PC Rudy Zubler Ridgetown dairy farmer John Kourtoff President CEO of Trillium Power Wind Corporation For more information on this free event go to harvestingwindsupport com or call 519 395 5309 Read summaries of political interview webinars for Liberal NDP Greens What does the fall election mean for energy in Ontario OSEA has been asking representatives from all four political parties this in our Special Interview Series A political outlook on the future of renewable energy and conservation in Ontario webinars Read the interview summaries for our first three webinars by OSEA s Neil Fairhead Interview

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - August 2011, Issue 1
    Contest bi weekly draw for August 3rd Congratulations to our winners August 3rd Adam Scott Toronto Chocosol gift certificate Bob Waddell Markham Tom Rand book Jacqueline Tingle Mississauga 1 yr OSEA Friend membership Don Ross Milford VIP pass to Green Energy Field Day Tell us Watt s NEXT for sustainable energy in Ontario and you could win Enter the draw today by making a video of your vision of a renewable future for Ontario adding a green energy project to the map or showing your support for green energy on WattsNEXT ca Wind Energy International 2011 2012 yearbook now available Yearbook examines the status of wind energy in almost 100 countries as well as emerging trends around the world The World Wind Energy Association WWEA is pleased to announce the release of the 4th edition of its international standard yearbook Wind Energy International 2011 2012 The yearbook includes 76 country reports describing the wind energy situation in almost 100 countries on all continents as well as 32 special reports More information table of contents country report sample Germany order form is available at www wwindea org Paul Gipe author advocate and renewable energy industry analyst reviewed the yearbook and stated If you want to know the status of wind energy development worldwide and you only can afford one book this is the one Wind Energy International 2011 2012 can be ordered directly from OSEA The price including delivery is 91 for OSEA members and 132 for non members Call or email us to order by credit card cash or cheque Attn Sonya De Vellis 416 977 4441 ext 5200 sonya ontario sea org Nominate for the 2011 Community Power Awards Do you know someone who has made a difference in the Community Power sector this year OSEA wants to recognize the valuable contributions the people organizations and businesses have made to furthering the growth of the sector Awards will be handed out in November at the Community Power Conference 2010 OSEA invites nominations from its members for awards to be given to those who have made a significant contribution to the Community Power movement in the following categories Aboriginal Community Power Urban Community Power Rural Community Power Community Power Leader International Community Power Nominations can include but are not limited to individuals from the following groups Business Community Leader Non profit organization Educator Government Agency Individual community member To recommend a recipient of the Community Power Awards fill out the CP Award Nomination Form Biogas Tours and Workshops Learn how you can use your farm outputs to generate electricity earn a profit and benefit the environment Ontario s biogas association the APAO invites you to tour a working biogas operation on a farm near you Detailed workshops are also being held in several Ontario locations Learn about the technology economics regulations and logistics coop options and learn from farmers that have real experience generating clean green electricity from their farm waste For a complete listing of tours and workshops taking

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - July 2011, Issue 2
    2011 Power Networking Centre is still the best return on investment for your marketing dollars Over 1 000 were in attendance last year and more are expected for 2011 Register before August 1st and receive the full turnkey booth package see Exhibitor Prospectus for details at the early bird rate of 2 595 plus HST The 2011 Community Power Conference will concentrate on the synergies that can be created between municipalities First Nations local distribution companies other energy utilities and local grassroots groups and is themed Community Energy More Than Power Register Now and Save Moving Planet Green Energy Field Day September 24th Ontario is a pioneer in green energy in North America We want the planet to take notice On September 24 join us for Ontario s first Green Energy Field Day a grassroots surge that begins in your community and builds That date was chosen to link up with the Moving Planet action day when people in countries around the world host events to move the planet beyond fossil fuels Schools community centres businesses farms in Ontario are all invited to host a doors open event to celebrate community based green energy solutions Be a champion in your community Tell us about your event and help light up our map highlighting Ontario s supporters and success email us your event at green field day wattsnext ca For those in the GTA join us for the Moving Planet Green Energy Field Day event at Queen s Park on September 24 The winners of the Watt s NEXT video contest will be announced along with lots of great entertainment inspiring keynote presentations and much more To get involved in the Queen s Park event please email nicole ontario sea org Clean energy opportunities for Ontario farmers new report A new report concludes that there are multiple and significant opportunities for Ontario farmers to benefit from investments in renewable energy on their farms The report Harvesting clean energy on Ontario farms PDF was written in collaboration with the Pembina Institute the Heinrich Boell Foundation the United Church of Canada and Climate Action Network Canada It uses a trans Atlantic comparison between Germany and Ontario to examine ways in which Ontario farmers could benefit from Ontario clean energy policies and incentives Highlights from the report include Ontario is the only province in Canada where farmers have the opportunity to build clean energy projects ranging from biogas to solar to wind that bring 10 rates of return Ontario has specific incentives for community owned renewable energy projects aimed at engaging rural and farming communities Germany s success has been driven by long term stable support for clean energy across the political spectrum Ontario is on the brink of a huge breakthrough in clean energy clean air diversifying its rural economy and fighting climate change says Graham Saul of Climate Action Network Canada It is now time to share success stories and ensure that people who care about our shared future are taking advantage

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - July 2011, Issue 1
    of all membership categories and has a network of over 10 000 subscribers OSEA has become significantly more active on social networks like Facebook and Twitter The Community Power Services Group are working with several community groups through the planning and application process of getting a renewable energy project connected to the grid OSEA makes regular submissions to the Ontario Energy Board on policy matters Please send us your feedback on the Feed In Tariff to bring into the review process Donations can be made towards OSEA s Education and Research Fund through TIDES Canada online and receive a tax receipt Sponsor WattsNEXT Solar Drinks our FIT webinar series or the Community Power Conference and gain valuable recognition amongst our expanding network Requests for a recorded version of this webinar are available for OSEA Champion Enabler and Supporter members only Please contact Sonya DeVellis at sonya ontario sea org or 416 977 4441 ext 5200 to request the recorded webinar M Chigeeng First Nation s ground breaking success story M Chigeeng launches wind farm first for an Ontario First Nation On Tuesday 21st June 2011 construction started for the Mother Earth Renewable Energy M E R E wind project wholly owned by M Chigeeng a first in the First Nations By next spring two 2MW wind turbines turbines will be in place and ready to deliver enough electricity for a thousand homes The M E R E project demonstrates just what can be accomplished with a vision perseverance and a commitment to sharing the benefits of renewable energy within the community DOWNLOAD A Message from Assembly of First Nations National Chief to M Chigeeng First Nation PDF June 21 2011 A Message of congratulations from the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A in chut Atleo to M Chigeeng First Nation on the occasion of the ground breaking ceremony for the Mother Earth Renewable Energy M E R E wind project Read Full Article Help doctors shut Ontario s coal plants now Dear Friend Ontario opposition leader Tim Hudak says if elected he will close coal plants by 2014 However we don t need dirty coal to keep our lights on we can shut down coal right now and still meet our energy demands Please click here now to email Mr Hudak and ask him to commit to closing the coal plants this year Coal smoke doesn t stop at the Ontario border so no matter where you live Mr Hudak needs to hear from you Thank you Gideon Forman Executive Director Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment CAPE P S Help CAPE close the coal plants this year DONATE NOW at www cape ca Canada Clean Energy Mission to Australia The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade MEDT in partnership with the Canadian Consulates General in Sydney and Auckland and several key industry associations in Canada is pleased to invite Ontario Clean Energy related companies to participate in the Canadian Clean Energy Mission to Australia 2011

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - June 2011, Issue 2
    and wind will supply energy for their community while adding to their income and so supporting their local suppliers e g of farm equipment Read More Photographic exhibition focuses on energy A major exhibition is being produced that has photographers zooming in on energy with a focus on renewables Produced by Photosensitive a not for profit collective of professional photographers in partnership with OSEA the exhibition will include black and white shots taken by 100 of Canada s best photographers The aim is to raise awareness of renewable energy initiatives in wind solar geothermal biogas biofuels and hydro power as well as highlighting other related issues such as energy consumption and conservation Read More Tides Canada Seeks Endorsements on A New Energy Vision for Canada Imagine a future where Canadians overwhelmingly meets their energy needs from wind water sun and the heat of the earth Where the average home is a net producer of power Where virtually all passenger cars run on electricity generated from renewable sources and where clean efficient and reliable public transportation systems such as streetcars connect efficient compact and highly livable neighbourhoods with schools shops and services Our friends at Tides Canada can imagine this future and they outline it exceptionally well in an exciting new discussion paper called A New Energy Vision for Canada It s a vision that particularly excites us at OSEA because it s what we work toward every day That s one of the reasons why we formally endorsed the paper and why we encourage you to do the same In the coming weeks our Tides Canada friends will have an amazing opportunity to share this vision with Minister Duguid along with his peers in other energy ministries across the country We agree that the meeting could prove a watershed moment for those working to advance sustainable energy in Canada it could potentially help set Canada on a path to a prosperous low carbon future free of pollution and the nightmares of oil spills and climate change In advance of this key meeting the foundation is seeking endorsements for the New Energy Vision from companies organizations and institutions working to advance a prosperous low carbon Canada OSEA is proud to have signed on and we invite you to join us Check out the paper at the link above and to add your company or organization s name to the growing list or find out more please contact Merran Smith the director of Tides Canada Energy Initiative via merran smith tidescanada org WindFest 2011 Great sponsorship opportunity Help support Toronto s largest public celebration of green energy WindFest is Toronto s annual kite festival on Woodbine Beach This family friendly event cleverly uses kites as a symbolic way to highlight the power of wind energy People of all ages come to fly kites watch professional fliers in action or take part in kite making and other children s activities Once on the beach they are also exposed to information booths about Community

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - June 2011, Issue 1
    draw prizes for all entrants While giving young people of Ontario a voice in the green energy discussion at www wattsnext ca they can also see the power of sustainable energy building across the province Information and videos on renewable energy projects feed the WattsNEXT database and the project is charted onto a real time Google map of the province The WattsNEXT dashboard keeps count of the growing number of green projects jobs and other fun facts Complete video contest rules how tos tips and lists of prizes can also be found at the website The WattsNEXT contest culminates on September 24 when the winners of the top prizes will be announced at Ontario s Green Energy Field Day a doors open event showcasing sustainable energy and conservation projects across the province The event will link up with Moving Planet a worldwide rally by 350 org on September 24 to move the planet away from fossil fuels Save FIT the Samsung Green Energy Deal Join other businesses and sign the Open Letter to Ontario s political party leaders to save the feed in tariff program and Samsung green energy deal Ontario is poised to be a world leader in clean energy development already creating more than 13 000 jobs and millions of work hours for those in trades and construction This is an enviable position that we can ill afford to jeopardize Please sign the letter and urge your associates to do the same To read and sign it visit www citizensclimatelobby ca content green energy act open letter The Citizens Climate Lobby developed the letter with assistance from Tom Rand VCi Green Funds Michael Bernstein Capstone Infrastructure Corporation and John Brace Northland Power Call for Ontario Renewable Energy Stories The Ontario public needs more positive stories and images about renewable energy Blue Green Canada is producing a series of video profiles of workers and tradespeople in the Green Economy Their goal is to demonstrate to people that Ontario s renewable energy policy has led to the creation of thousands of green jobs and more importantly these are good jobs jobs that Ontarians want For some example videos watch this video of Wayne Wright and this one of John Mounfield both of whom work at Silfab Ontario in Mississauga Or see some green job videos from all over Ontario Blue Green Canada is looking for more people and workers for their videos and for other complementary footage If you are a worker or company in a green industry and you are willing to be profiled or if you have footage of Ontario s green industries that you are willing to share please send an email to kbrooks environmentaldefence ca There are winds of opposition to our work and we are all working together to sustain our industry For more information download the PDF info sheet Upcoming Events Windfall Ecology Festival When June 11 12 2011 from 10am to 5pm OSEA will be launching the WattsNEXT Contest at the festival More

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  • OSEA: Community Energy Update - May 2011, Issue 2
    ontario sea org Take Action support the Green Energy Act Ontario s Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak stated that if elected he will scrap North America s best renewable energy policy and send us backpeddling to the dark ages of dirty dangerous electricity The Green Energy Act is our path to a cleaner more prosperous province We need your help to protect it What can you do Speak Out Please comment on blogs utilize your own social media accounts and reach out through your own networks to discuss green energy issues Say what you like Use your own voice But please weigh in Social media simple effective 3 actions On Twitter if you search the CleanEnergyON hashtag you ll find lots of interesting discussion Thanks to our Crew members who are helping to proliferate this clean energy discussion on Twitter Blog Do you have your own blog Do you like to write We re always looking for guest bloggers who are eager to talk about green energy issues Write us We just posted a great blog from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Consider sharing it and writing your own Comment on the online news articles If you would like to get more involved with the conversation going on let Steve Ireson Communities Communications Manager OSEA know at Steve Ontario SEA org know and he ll add you to the Clean Energy Crew for occasionally responding to these important issues The more voices the better Danish District Energy Solutions Ron Ofer is a protege of Dr Jose Etcheverry in renewable energy policies at York University and long term volunteer of OSEA Since April Ron has had the rare opportunity to learn from Preben Maegaard the foremost authority on Community Power at the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark Ron has shared with us his first report in which he explores how district energy and Combined Heat and Power CHP plants help optimize the country s renewable energy portfolio We thank Ron for his contribution and look forward to hearing more about his experiences in Denmark Visiting District Energy Stations in the Municipalities of Morsoe and Thisted from Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy Read full report PDF WWEA highlights the importance of Community Power and publishes definition The Fukushima tragedy has highlighted the urgent need to increase wind power and other renewable energy sources to transform the global energy system In light of such prospects Community Power is increasingly being viewed as an essential framework for developing such decentralized forms of energy A working group working group created by the World Wind Energy Association developed a definition of Community Power to give clear guidance to policymakers as well as to others involved in renewable energy and the general public The WWEA Community Power working group agreed on the following definition A project can be defined as Community Power if at least two of the following three criteria are fulfilled Local stakeholders own the majority or all of a

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  • OSEA: ACTION NEEDED: Tim Hudak Vows to Eliminate FIT - Community Energy Update - May 2011, Issue 1
    political and media people monitor and if room also CleanEnergyON when tweeting folks and don t forget to follow us OntarioSEA If you would like to get more involved with the conversation going on let Steve Ireson Communities Communications Manager OSEA know at Steve Ontario SEA org know and he ll add you to the Clean Energy Crew for occasionally responding to these important issues The more voices the better Thank you for your ongoing support and for being part of the OSEA community New Office Space Available OSEA is looking for organizations or individuals to share office space in our suite located in at 156 Front Street West in the heart of the financial district The building is located on the north side of the street just west of University Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit and several parking facilities We have two different alcoves available approximately 200 and 150 sq ft which includes 4 desks 2 desks for the smaller alcove and a filing cabinet The rent for these spaces is 2 500 and 1 500 respectively plus HST per month and includes internet and phone fees kitchen access boardroom usage and janitorial and reception service We also have the following rental options available for individuals who require one seat or a place to work for a day or a few hours 600 plus HST per month 70 plus HST per day 10 plus HST per hour FREE for members up to two hours per day Please note boardroom usage is separate when renting space by the hour Boardroom rates are 25 per day for members and 40 per day for non members The single desks are situated in an open office concept but there are private spaces to make phone calls If you would like to view the space or are interested in one of our rental options please contact Sonya at 416 977 4441 extension 5200 or email sonya ontario sea org More information Now Accepting CEPP Education Grant Applications Applications are now open to qualified not for profit charitable and co op organizations Eligibility is based on experience and expertise in education and will be awarded to new projects focused on community based wind solar biofuel and or waterpower education CEPP s education grants will help to build awareness and capacity among Ontarians to participate in or develop electricity generation projects in their communities Organizations may pursue local regional or provincial scale programs Maximum grant amounts are between 25 000 and 125 000 per project Applications are now available and will be accepted until June 3 2011 at 5pm EDT Questions will be accepted exclusively by email correspondence until May 20 2011 Learn more OPA begins consultations to update Integrated Power System Plan As announced on Friday May 6 2011 the Ontario Power Authority OPA is beginning consultations to update the province s Integrated Power System Plan IPSP The IPSP Planning and Consultation Overview document will form the basis of the web enabled

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