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OSEA FIT Webinar Series: The straight facts on Hydro One connection issues
Friday, February 10, 2012 10 am - 12 pm


Online Webinar. Access information to be provided upon registration through Eventbrite.


FREE to all registered attendees and OSEA Champion, Enabler and Supporter members. The access information is provided to all registrants by e-mail within two business days following the webinar.

Cost: $40 for non-members;  OSEA friends pay $34.

Contact: Genevieve Valery ( to purchase access to the archive or buy now online.

Have you had trouble connecting your FIT or MicroFIT project?  Have you heard the rumors circulating that Hydro One has:

  • Inflated connection cost estimates
  • Failed to properly identifying connection work
  • Misled some regarding whether the work must be done by them, rather than a developer's own contractors
  • Implied that CIA's will be lost if developers do not agree to pay non-negotiable connection costs within 6 months

It's time to clear the air and move things forward.

Join Gowling's lawyers Ian Mondrow and Tom Timmins as well as a representative from Hydro One for a constructive conversation around grid related matters, connection work, fees and who can do what regarding both FIT and MicroFIT projects.  

Learn about the role of Hydro One, third party contractors and the rules regarding alternative bid options recently clarified by the Ontario Energy Board in a case led by Mr. Mondrow.  Hear directly from Hydro One on progress being made on grid upgrades and policies regarding capacity and what they mean to your projects.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, air their frustrations and get advice on their own cases.

If you are a generator, electricity distributor, electrical contractor or electrical worker, this is a webinar you shouldn't miss!  Register today at



Ian Mondrow_Oct10.jpgIan Mondrow, Partner, Gowlings (

Ian Mondrow is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office, practicing with the Business Law Group in the area of energy regulation and policy.

Ian has represented electricity generators, transmitters and contractors, energy retailers and natural gas and electricity consumers before the Ontario Energy Board and in other Canadian regulatory forums. Ian advises clients on a variety of matters in the natural gas and electricity sectors, including energy policy, regulatory policy and processes, rates and tariff matters, and compliance and licensing issues.

Prior to joining Gowlings, Ian practiced at a prominent national firm, served as special advisor to the chair of the Ontario Energy Board, and was vice-president, government and regulatory affairs with a major integrated energy retail and solutions company.


For microFIT related questions:

Tom Timmins, Partner, Gowlings (

thomas.timmins.jpgThomas J. Timmins is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office, practising business law with a particular emphasis on renewable energy project development, power project finance, infrastructure project mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions.  

Thomas leads the renewable energy practice at Gowlings, working closely with energy and infrastructure companies worldwide. He assists issuers, underwriters and investors on complex equity and debt financing transactions, and has taken numerous companies from the initial idea stage through to the take-out acquisition and public company merger stages.

Thomas has extensive experience in all aspects of renewable energy project development and finance, having been involved in the development of several of Canada's very first commercial-scale wind and solar generation plants, and has led the Canadian component of many multi-national teams, coordinating merger document negotiations, due diligence processes, clearance submissions and the management of post-closing operational matters.

Thomas serves on a number of corporate boards and is a regular speaker and lecturer on matters of renewable energy project development, electricity sector regulatory matters, corporate governance and energy project development.  In addition to his law practice, Thomas is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Windsor Law, developing and leading the innovative Mega-Projects in Canada Course, a seminar focused specifically on the law pertaining to large scale infrastructure project development in Canada and around the world.



hris Chopik-97FINAL.jpgChris Chopik ( is a trusted writer, speaker and leader. A career in sales and communications combined with a passion for technology and the environment contribute to Chris' unique framework for profitable thinking about sustainability. Chris' recent pioneering work in the green real estate marketplace have provided a strong understanding of the confluence of issues facing the economy and ecology that underpin our quality of life.

Chris offers dynamic perspectives of conventional business challenges in the hyper-evolutionary space of sustainability, energy-efficiency, and commercialization. Chris consults with many organizations to overcome obstacles, achieve commercialization milestones, and to tackle emerging markets. (


Thank you to our sponsor:

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario



GLH-Logo.jpgOSEA thanks Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP for their generous contribution to OSEA's education and research fund.

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