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Community Power Conference 2009 blazes a trail in Ontario

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association wrapped up a very successful 1st Annual Community Power Conference with the creation of a new 'International Community Power working group' with OSEA and the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).
 “This will allow for renewables to become centralized via Community Power projects. We have more renewables than we need and they are presently decentralized, so this partnership will instigate greater success world wide,” said Dr. Josef Pesch of Freiburg, Germany.
With getting the 2009 Green Energy and Green Economy Act passed into legislative law in Ontario to now forming this new international working group, OSEA continues to blaze trails in the clean, green energy sector.
The Community Power Conference attracted 450 delegates and over 2,500 attendees to the trade show host jointly by OSEA and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. Speakers and panel participants included renewable energy experts from around the world such as Dr. Josef Pesch, of the German Wind Energy Association, Stefan Gsänger of the World Wind Energy Association, renewable energy expert, advocate and author Paul Gipe, and Miguel Mendonca, research manager, for the World Future Council.
"We're thrilled with how everything went," said Kristopher Stevens, executive director of OSEA. "Industry leaders from around the world came to share their expertise with the leaders in Community Power in Ontario and the standing room only sessions shows, there's a real appetite for this information."
Former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, George Smitherman, delivered the keynote speech to a full auditorium yesterday. Renowned environmentalist, Dr. David Suzuki, attended as Honourary Chair.
"Our goal was to capture the momentum of Ontario's new Green Energy Act, and work towards 100 per cent sustainable energy," said Mr. Stevens. "This new International working group with WWEA will work to document and share best practices while strengthening the world wide network of local sustainable energy leaders.'
"The first annual Community Power Conference was a fantastic success," said wind expert Paul Gipe. “It will be hard for OSEA to top it in 2010, but seeing their track record, OSEA will deliver".

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