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  • 29 Sep 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous
    Read all about OSEA in the most recent edition of Canada's Business Elite Magazine!! Thank you to them for this amazing article outlining the recent changes at OSEA and our quest to fight climate change through renewable energy. Hit the link below to see the full article. 


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  • 20 Jul 2018 9:41 AM | Announcements OSEA (Administrator)

    On Monday, Enbridge Gas Dist. and Hydrogenics—joined by the Mayor of Markham and local MP Bob Saroya—announced the opening of the first majorenergy storage facility using hydrogen in North America. The Power-to-Gas facility is located at the Training Operations Center in Markham, Ontario.

    Energy storage is viewed as an essential tool to reduce energy costs for Ontario consumers, and Enbridge Gas Dist. Power-to-Gas project is using Ontario's world-leading technology to do just that. The facility will store energy and help deliver grid stability and reliability services.

    "I've worked in the energy sector my entire career and this is one of the most exciting projects in which I've ever been involved. The opening of this facility is a major milestone for Enbridge and Ontario's energy sector," said Jim Sanders, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

    The hydrogen produced at the facility can also be used for a number of purposes such as fueling cars and trains, and it can be blended into the natural gas system to offset traditional natural gas.

    The Power-to-Gas facility is the latest example of Enbridge's investment in renewable and clean energy and demonstrates our commitment to a lower-carbon economy. 

    Mary Sye   
    Marketing and Program Manager

    New Commercial Construction

     


  • 29 Jun 2018 6:27 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)
    New cabinet by Thomas Timmins, Gowling WLG


    CHRISTINE ELLIOTT

    DEPUTY PREMIER & MINISTER OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE

    Riding: Newmarket-Aurora

    Background: International audit counsel at Bank of Nova Scotia – 1984-88, co-founded a law firm with her late husband Jim Flaherty, was elected MPP for Whitby-Ajax from 2006 – 2018. Ran for leader of the Ontario PC Party against Ford and lost.

    Ford challenge:  Doug Ford has promised to save Ontario’s health care system and this job will fall on the shoulders of Christine Elliot. Ford said he will end “hallway medicine,” add 15,000 new long-term care beds, build a comprehensive mental health system, not cut nursing jobs, all while slashing four per cent of the departmental budget. Ford also has people looking into a more private, two-tier health care system.

    Twitter quote: “We are the only party that will bring relief to Ontario families. Can’t wait to get started.”

    Social media:  @celliottability

     

    CAROLINE MULRONEY

    ATTORNEY-GENERAL & MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS


    Riding: York-Simcoe

    Background: First time MPP. Unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of Ontario PC Party.

    Ford challenge: Ford has said he would restore funding for anti-gang and anti-gun task forces in Toronto, specifically the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) which was disbanded in 2017 after the province cut funding for the program due to its connection with the controversial practice of carding. Ford said he would put additional money into community policing, of which TAVIS would be part of. Another issue that will require immediate action is the implementation of legalized marijuana, set to take effect on Oct.17

    Social media: @C_Mulroney

     

    VICTOR FEDELI

    MINISTER OF FINANCE AND CHAIR OF CABINET


    Riding: Nipissing

    Background: Mayor of North Bay – 2003 to 2011. Elected Nipissing MPP in 2014. He has served as the Official Opposition Energy Critic and Finance Critic. Elected Interm PC Leader after Patrick Brown stepped aside following a scandal.

    Ford challenge:: It will be the job of Fedeli, as Minister of Finance, to make Ford’s promised tax cuts to the middle class, a reality. Ford says his plan – which would only kick in during the third year of a Tory government – would save those earning between $42,960 and $85,923 annually a maximum of $786 per person. Ford also vowed to reduce government spending by $6 billion without firing any workers. Ford has also said minimum wage workers will pay “zero income tax,” saving them approximately $800 a year.

    Quote: “We must always remember the people who put their trust in us as we get this province back on track. We will always put the people first.”

    Social media: @VictorFedeli 

     

    ROD PHILLIPS

    MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS


    Riding: Ajax

    Background: First time MPP

    Ford Challenge:This will be one of the most important portfolio’s to watch because of Ford’s announcement to scrap Ontario’s cap-and-trade legislation. It’s an ambitious promise as the system is tied up in legislation and there are contractual agreements with Quebec and California to deal with as well. Even if Ford manages to untangle the provincial legislation, there is still the matter of the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on any province that refuses to do so. That would require a court challenge, which could be lengthy and expensive.

    Social media:@RodPhillips01

     

    JOHN YAKABUSKI

    MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION

    Riding: Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke

    Background: First elected as MPP in 2003

    Ford challenge:Expect to hear the mantra “subways, subways, subways” as Ford pledged an additional $5-billion on top of the $9-billion already committed by the province and federal government to build subways in Toronto and he made it clear his preference is for underground transit. Ford also raised an eyebrow with his suggestion that the province take over responsibility for the TTC’s subway construction and maintenance, raising concerns that it would lead to privatization of the system. Toronto city council Council recently voted 30-6 in favour of a motion that subways should continue to be owned by the city.

    Social media:@JYakabuskiOnPC

     

    GREG RICKFORD

    MINISTER OF ENERGY, NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT AND MINES AND MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS


    Riding: Kenora-Rainy River

    Background: Served as the Minister of Natural Resources in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet. Has previously worked as a nurse and a lawyer. He was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding.

    Ford challenge:Reduce hydro bills by 12 per cent, cancel Liberal energy projects that are in pre-construction phase and re-negotiate other energy contracts. Eliminate enormous salaries at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One. Set up a formal resource revenue-sharing system to ensure northern communities benefit from projects in the region.

    Social media: @GregRickford

     

    MICHAEL TIBOLLO

    MINISTER OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

    Riding: Vaughan-Woodbridge

    Background: Tibollo, who was born and raised in Toronto, is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He’s a newcomer to politics – elected for the first time in 2018 election. He teaches martial arts and is an avid bee-keeper.

    Ford challenge::Restore funding to anti-guns-and-gangs units in Ottawa and Toronto. Commit more money to fight organized crime and combat domestic and elder abuse. Hire more corrections, probation and parole officers.

    Twitter quote: “We must always remember the people who put their trust in us as we get this province back on track. We will always put the people first.”

    Social media: @MichaelTibollo


    STEVE CLARK

    MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING

    Riding: Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

    Background: Clark was first elected MPP for Leeds-Grenville in a March, 4, 2010, byelection. Fresh out of university, Clark was elected the mayor of Brockville at the age of 22. He went on to serve three terms as mayor. He worked in media and Internet development for 14 years with the Brockville Recorder and Times newspaper and RipNet.

    Ford challenge::Preserve rent control for existing tenants across Ontario. Increase the supply of affordable housing across the GTA while protecting the Greenbelt in its entirety.

    Social media: @SteveClarkPC


    LISA THOMPSON

    MINISTER OF EDUCATION

    Riding: Huron-Bruce

    Background: Degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics from the University of Guelph, has an extensive background in agricultural including GM of the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative; Rural Community Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Vice-Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. Thompson was elected to Queen’s Park in 2011 and re-elected in 2014.

    Ford challenge::As Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson will be tasked with pushing forward Ford’s promise to radically change the education system. Ford has promised to replace the controversial sex-education curriculum brought in by the Wynne government, as well as the current math curriculum. Ford also vowed to also reform (EQAO) test and improve standardized testing.

    Twitter quote: “Given the choice between the AG’s accounting & the accounting of a govt that has repeatedly broken its word & repeatedly demonstrated it has little interest in actual transparency accountability or concerns of its watchdogs– We believe the auditor general.”
    Social media: @LisaThompsonMPP

    Here’s a list of the other members of Doug Ford’s cabinet:

    Peter Bethlenfalvy — President of the Treasury Board
    Raymond Cho — Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
    Merrilee Fullerton — Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
    Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    Sylvia Jones — Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Lisa MacLeod — Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
    Monte McNaughton — Minister of Infrastructure
    Laurie Scott — Minister of Labour
    Todd Smith — Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader
    Jim Wilson — Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
    Jeff Yurek — Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

     

  • 29 Jun 2018 12:27 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)
    Doug Ford's new Ontario PC government has been sworn in at Queen's park with Rod Phillips as the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Greg Rickford as the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. More information can be found via these links:


    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-doug-ford-names-20-ministers-to-cabinet-with-former-leadership-rivals/

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-ontario-government-swearing-in-1.4722791


  • 29 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)
    The Generation Energy Council is made up of 14 experts in clean energy brought together to advise on how Canada can transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy in the future. Click link to learn more about the Generation Energy Council and to read their recent report: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/20380
  • 14 Jun 2018 11:52 AM | Announcements OSEA (Administrator)

    The Current Political Landscape in Ontario

    The provincial election taking place in Ontario on June 12, 2014, is creating some uncertainty as to what the future may hold for the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program and, more specifically, what could happen to existing FIT and microFIT contracts held by renewable energy suppliers developing or operating wind, solar, waterpower, biomass, biogas and landfill gas projects. More than a few media outlets have reported various political candidate pronouncements regarding Ontario’s FIT and microFIT programs, which, in some cases, imply that existing FIT contracts are to be scrutinized and possibly revised and/or terminated.

    Status of the FIT and microFIT Programs and Potential Cancellation

    The FIT Program is currently only open for applications to construct “small” FIT projects that generate 250 kW or less of electricity, as well as solar rooftop projects under the OPA’s Unconstructed Rooftop Solar Pilot program, which is part of the FIT Program. The microFIT Program remains open for applications for a total procurement target of 65.3 MW for 2014. Of the 10.6 GW of renewable energy generation capacity currently under contract with the OPA, approximately 5.4 GW has achieved commercial operation and 5.3 GW is contracted but still under development. 

    Of the more than 20,000 FIT and microFIT contract holders located in Ontario, it is the owners of the “pre-COD”/“still-under-development” projects who will be watching Ontario’s pre- and post-election news coverage most keenly in the coming weeks and months.

    The Minister’s Directive Power

    As readers will know, the Electricity Act, 1998 authorizes Ontario’s Minister of Energy to direct the OPA on certain energy matters to reflect government policy. It is in part because of the directive power of the Minister that the OPA must be seen as a politically-directed governmental agency entity – rather than the independent contracting agency that it was initially designed to be. Utilizing this directive power, Ontario’s various successive energy ministers launched the development of North America’s first feed-in tariff program for renewable energy resources and then subsequently made modifications to the program.

    The energy minister’s directive power under the Electricity Act includes, among other things, the authority to promulgate, modify and cancel programs such as the FIT Program – as industry watchers have seen done with some frequency over the course of the development of the FIT Program since 2009. In other words, and for the sake of clarity, there is no need for a change in government in order for changes to occur in Ontario’s FIT Program. The existing FIT and microFIT procurement programs can, and are, continuously modified, tweaked, refined and, occasionally, cancelled by direction from the minister.   

    Termination of Existing FIT and microFIT Contracts

    There may be a general misperception that FIT contracts are long-term agreements that cannot be cancelled or terminated once they are executed. The reality is more nuanced. The FIT contract contains provisions governing termination rights, which in certain circumstances arise well before the expiry of the term of the agreement. Certain termination rights will depend on whether a supplier requests (and the OPA issues) a Notice-to-Proceed (NTP) with the construction of a given project in accordance with the terms of a FIT contract. NTP is a submission from the supplier to the OPA, in prescribed form, that certain conditions set forth in the FIT contract have been completed or satisfied.

    The Pre-NTP Contracts

    FIT contracts, by their express terms, can be unilaterally terminated by the OPA or the supplier prior to NTP – unless the OPA has waived its right to terminate prior to NTP, as it did for certain FIT contract holders who opted to make certain concessions with regard to domestic content compliance pursuant to the Ministerial Directive of August 2, 2011. These discretionary pre-NTP termination rights result in certain financial consequences to the non-terminating party, which are set forth as exclusive remedies: (i) in the case of the OPA, it is entitled to liquidated damages equal to the security that the supplier was required to provide as of date of such termination (subject to a defined exception for a wind facility where the wind resource is ultimately determined to be insufficient for the purposes of the project), and (ii) in the case of the supplier, it is entitled to recover certain development costs incurred prior to the termination date up to a pre-determined cap (currently set in version 3 of the form of FIT Contract at $250,000 per facility plus $10.00 per kW of contract capacity).     

    The Post-NTP Contracts

    FIT contracts cannot, by their express terms, be unilaterally terminated by the OPA or the supplier following NTP unless either one of them is subject to an event of default, the terms of which are expressly set out in the form of FIT Contract. Even if the FIT Contract is terminated post-NTP as a result of an event of default neither the OPA nor the supplier are restricted from pursuing any other remedies available to each of them in connection with such termination. The unilateral termination of a post-NTP FIT contract pertaining to a sizeable FIT project early into a twenty-year term for something other than an event of default (such as a repudiation of the agreement) would likely be a very costly adventure for the government, which undertook it. In such an event contract damages alone could be significant, as the general rule of contracts is to put the non-breaching party in the position they would have been in had the breach not occurred or the contract been performed.  

    Discriminatory Action

    A perhaps somewhat overlooked section of the form of FIT Contract deals with the consequences of “discriminatory actions” by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Non-discriminatory action clauses, developed and refined over the past three decades by project sponsors working on projects reliant upon concessions from government counterparties somewhat less reputable than Ontario, seek to provide project sponsors with some form of protection should the government take action to unilaterally amend the terms of the concession contract or affect an increase to the taxes, regulatory burden or other costs associated with the project in a way that could not have been reasonably expected under the terms of the original concession. 

    Ontario’s FIT contracts all contain a short-form version of a non-discriminatory action clause which, though protective of the supplier, is subject to key exceptions, including the passage of laws that are of “general application” and new regulations created under theGreen Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009. It is also worth noting that, unlike project finance concession agreements designed for use in emerging markets, which might provide for dispute resolution outside of the jurisdiction, the FIT contract is subject to dispute resolution provisions contemplating arbitration in Toronto. 

    The non-discriminatory action clause contained in Ontario’s FIT contracts is less than perfect from a sponsor’s viewpoint; however, it does provide some basic protection.

    The possibility exists of new laws or regulations coming into force after the election that would have an adverse effect on suppliers who are in a post-NTP or post-commercial operation position under an existing FIT Contract. Given Ontario’s long history of carefully honouring electricity sector concession holder’s contractual rights, it seems unlikely that a new government would seek to use regulatory or legislative change to indirectly penalize electricity sector investors – particularly given the clear pre-NTP cancellation rights already existing in the FIT contracts. If unilateral legislative or regulatory change is promulgated, the challenge for suppliers will be to demonstrate that a specific law is not of general application or to challenge the scope of a regulation under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009. A government seeking to table unilateral changes of a material nature to the FIT program would presumably be made cognizant of the potential impact that such changes would have on the province’s reputation, as a contracting party and its credit rating by the Ministry of Finance.

    In summary, we see parties holding FIT contracts which are pre-NTP as being most at risk from a possible change in government in Ontario and view post-NTP and, particularly, currently operating projects as being less at risk.


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  • 11 Jun 2018 2:16 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)
    On Thursday, June 7, 2018, the people of Ontario elected a new provincial Progressive Conservative government, and based on the final results, the party earned a strong mandate to implement the policy proposals which they campaigned. The PC campaign platform included a number of proposed measures which if fully implemented, may have significant impacts on the members of OSEA. Electoral campaigns are dynamic processes where political positions evolve, and this election was particularly volatile, therefore, so any electoral pronouncements made in the heat of a campaign should be regarded judiciously since they can be amended once a government takes the reigns of power and are in a better position to assess all the implications and nuances of specific policy direction. In addition, what we, the public, understand about policy positions is subject in large part to the filters applied by the media, as it tries to interpret complex issues. Given all these caveats, we believe that there are several PC platform positions that OSEA’s members should be aware of that if implemented can impact our sector including the following proposals:
    • ·         Cancellation of the Ontario Green Energy and Economy Act (2009)
    • ·         Cancellation of the Cap and Trade system for Green House Gas (GHG) emissions
    • ·         Changes to the leadership of Hydro One
    • ·         Reduction of electrical power prices for some sectors
    • ·         Reduction in taxes on gasoline fuel

    OSEA’s mandate is to promote the sustainable use of energy in all of its forms.  Our energy sector must be sustainable environmentally, but it also must be sustainable physically and economically. In this sense we share the government’s concern that our economy relies on an energy sector that meets all of society’s needs. It may be recalled that the words ecology and ecology both come from the same root, the Greek word oikos, which relates to family and home. It is in the interest of all of the citizen’s of Ontario that we maintain an energy system that keeps our homes and families served with sustainable energy we all need to maintain the lifestyle that we all aspire to. To this end, the board of directors of OSEA have taken the following measures to help foster and champion the virtue of the sustainable energy sector in Ontario:

    • ·         OSEA started a membership drive to encourage the participation of even more sector members
    • ·         OSEA is implementing a member survey to solicit input about how we can be more effective
    • ·         OSEA began an outreach program to partner with other organizations with complimentary goals
    • ·         OSEA is now advocating for export opportunities for sustainability technologies and expertise
    • ·         Green Energy Doors Open will be celebrated across Ontario the weekend of September 22-23
    • ·         OSEA initiated planning for our annual 2019 Powering for Prosperity – our sector’s gala event

    Most of all, we want to strengthen our relationship with all of our members, partners and friends in order to build on all the successes of the Ontario sustainable energy sector, and work hard to realize the incredible potential of all the members of our dynamic and diverse sector.


    Signed By:


    The Board, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

     

  • 14 May 2018 4:30 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)

    Dear OSEA Members and Supporters:

    We recently sent an email survey to our members and supporters asking for feedback on OSEA's New Direction.

    The same survey can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/stb8sOe2tzaX0iPg1

    The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is interested in learning more about your activity and interests to better serve our members and sector. We would therefore appreciate your time and contribution to the formulation of a new strategic direction for the sustainable energy sector. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.

    Sincerely,


    Dan Goldberger

  • 14 May 2018 3:52 PM | Obie Agusiegbe (Administrator)

    To the Members and Supporters of OSEA from the Board of Directors

    May 14, 2018

    Over the past several months, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), has been active in hosting the P4P Gala Event held in Toronto in February, and was exploring possible avenues with various donors and institutions in the environmental sector.

    As you may know now, OSEA is moving in a fresh new direction to better serve our membership. The Board would like to thank both the former Chair of the Board, Mr. Peter Black, who departed soon after the Powering 4 Prosperity Gala, and Ms. Wilkinson, who volunteered as Interim Executive Director, for her passion to sustainability issues and our members.

    On a positive front, the Board has approved a new Mission Statement for OSEA:

    “Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) advocates for its members and the public to provide education and promote sustainable energy initiatives through policy development, business collaboration, and public awareness campaigns”.

    OSEA’s new Core Goals include the following areas;

    -Indigenous Engagement

    -A Northern Ontario Community Focus

    -Exporting Ontario’s sustainable and energy expertise

    -Carbon Pricing

    -Advocacy and Policy Advice to Provincial Parties

    As we progress to implement the above Mission Statement and Core Goals, we are launching a Survey shortly to gain your insights as mentioned earlier, in order to better serve the membership.  We invite your input, and hope to have your expertise build a stronger more relevant OSEA for its collective members and society.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dan Goldberger,

    Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors, OSEA




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  • 05 Jan 2018 12:11 PM | Anonymous



    OSEA – Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

    Annual General Meeting of the Membership – in person and via conference call

    Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 from 9:30 – 10:30am

    Held in person and via conference call

    Location:        Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

    Duke Heights, 2 Champagne Drive Unit C-9

    Toronto, ON  M3J 0K2

    Attendance:

    Directors & Officers present: Peter Black (Chair), Mary Sye (Vice Chair), Dan

    Goldberger (Treasurer), Tonja Leach (Board Member), Obie Agusiegbe (Board Member), and Janis Wilkinson (Interim Executive Director),

                Others present: Regrets: Walter Manitowabi, Paul Cairns, Peter Chan

    • 1.       Opening of Meeting
    • The meeting was called to order at 9:32 am by the Chair, P. Black and quorum was declared present.
    • a.       The members present consented to this meeting being held by teleconference and to waive any notice requirements for this meeting.
    • 2.       Motion to Approve Agenda

    Be it resolved that:

    • A.     The Agenda be approved without changes (Document no 1).

    Moved by: T. Leach, Seconded by P. Chan

    • 3.       Motion to Approve Minutes of March 31, 2016
    • Be it resolved that:
    • A.     The Minutes of March 31, 2016 be approved with no changes (Document no 2)

    Moved by: J. Wilkinson, Seconded by P. Chan

    • 4.       Formal Motions to be passed together on consent

    Be it resolved that the following motions be passed together on consent:

    • A.     That the Accounting Firm BDO LLP located in Guelph, Ontario to be appointed as the 2017/2018 Auditor / Public Accountant of OSEA.
    • B.      That the 2015/2016 unaudited Financial Statements be received. (Document no 3).
    • C.     That the 2016/2017 unaudited Financial Statements be received. (Document no 4).
    • D.     That five (5) FIVE new board members be appointed as a member(s) of OSEA’s Board of Directors for a two-year term ending as of the close of the December 2019.
    • E.      That (6) SIX current board members are confirmed to continue in a volunteer position for another year ending December 2018.

    Moved by: D. Goldberger, Seconded by T. Leach

    • 5.       The Chair asked if there were any questions or concerns that should be added into the minutes.  The Chair acknowledged no questions.
    • 6.       New Board members present introduced themselves.

    7.       Adjournment

    • With no further questions the Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:32am


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