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  • 16 Aug 2019 5:22 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date!

    Green Energy Doors Open is a Canada-wide showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects, organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA).

    The Toronto launch will be held:

    Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 9 am

    Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University

    More details and registration information will be available shortly!


  • 23 May 2019 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    OSEA and Willms & Shier LLP held the Ontario Energy Sector Leadership Forum on May 16th in Toronto. 

    The objective of the well attended event was to invite leading energy sector associations to hear the latest on energy developments in particular, electricity Market Renewal and OEB efforts at modernization were shared. Also discussed were Provincial Government priorities in the electricity sector, with unique insights shared from Power Advisory LLC and Sussex Strategy Corp.

    OSEA plans to hold several workshops in the coming months relating to  innovative themes including: Climate Change Resiliency, Green Energy Exports, and Mining and First Nations.


    OSEA thanks the leadership of Willms & Shier LLP and for all those organizations that attended the event.

    OSEA -Setting the Table -Issues to Consider in Ontario -Travis Lusney Power Advisory -May 2019 v2.pdf

    19-05-13 Ontario-SEA Presentation BHiltz.pdf

  • 19 Feb 2019 4:33 PM | Dan Stramer (Administrator)

    STRATEGIC POLICY INITIATIVES

    The past several months have been challenging and exciting for the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The following are some highlights.

    A key focus for the OSEA Board of Directors was our implementation of our new strategic direction including the following measure:

    Shifting to an Export Orientation: Given cutbacks to local renewable energy projects and government support programs, OSEA is now strongly focusing on exporting Ontario’s sustainable energy technologies as well as our engineering, architectural, energy consulting, finance and project management expertise.

    Northern Ontario Opportunities: OSEA sees major opportunities to serve Ontario’s vast north, especially Indigenous communities and the natural resource sector. As part of this strategy, we strongly supported Biomass North’s Oct 16-18 conference in Thunder Bay.

    Industry Partnerships: We are stronger through partnership. OSEA has renewed its long-standing partnership with Green Drinks Toronto, a monthly social and networking event held on the third Wednesday of each month in downtown Toronto. We are also collaborating with North Bay based Biomass North, Ottawa based Smart Net Alliance, the City of Guelph and the Hydrogen Business Council.

    Government Outreach: We are exploring ways to work productively with all levels of government in order to advance the interests of our members.

    Membership Growth: In order to support our ambitious organizational agenda we need to grow significantly. We are actively pursuing significant new members from new areas including consulting engineers, architects, insurance companies, financial services – areas which like technology suppliers, contractors, consultants, community groups and motivated individuals also have a major stake in the sustainable energy sector.


    ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

    In September OSEA relocated downtown to the Centre for Social Innovation, a shared workspace for like minded non-profits like OSEA. This new home provides OSEA access to a wide variety of administrative resources including meeting spaces.

    In October OSEA revised its logo adding our corporate name, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association in order to strengthen our image. This re-branding will be extended through our website and other communications. We have created new marketing materials with our Export Manet Business Portal partners and we will be developing a series of new communications and marketing pieces over the coming months.


    OSEA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

    OSEA is encouraging returning members and new members to formally join OSEA both to take advantage of members-only privileges and to add your voice to our sustainable energy industry including:

    • Access to Export Magnet Business Portal including individual corporate website
    • Free participation as exhibitor at Green Energy Doors Open
    • Highlighted corporate exposure in members directory
    • Discounts on OSEA events
    • Opportunities for participation in OSEA committees and programs
    • Corporate membership rate $1,000
    • Individual membership rate $100
    • Student / Retiree membership rate $50

    CONTACT US

    You can always contact OSEA through the following email address info@ontario-sea.org.



  • 01 Nov 2018 3:44 PM | Announcements OSEA (Administrator)

    Planet much more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than past studies have shown, scientists say.

    The world’s oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously estimated, suggesting global warming and climate change could accelerate faster than predicted, according to new research.

    The results suggest over the past 27 years, the world’s oceans have retained 60 per cent more heat each year than research teams had previously thought.This represents an enormous amount of additional energy stored on Earth, indicating the planet is far more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than past studies have shown. Read more.




  • 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. 


    OSEA featured in BEM.pdf

  • 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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