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  • 02 Aug 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous


    Natural Resources Canada 

    Jul 29, 2021, 10:00 ET


    TORONTO, July 29, 2021 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to drive electric and transforming the way Canadians get to where they need to go.

    Today, as part of #EVWeekinCanada, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches–East York, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $12.7-million investment in six clean energy technologies projects to help put Canadians in the driver's seat on the road to a net-zero future. The investments include:

    • $4.95 million to Hydro One Limited to develop a pilot for heavy-duty electric truck charging stations in Ontario. Hydro One's pilot for electric trucks will be a model for other utilities and businesses interested in pursuing solutions to electrify heavy-duty transportation across Canada.
    • $2.5 million to the Toronto Transit Commission to implement a smart charging platform for its electric bus fleet. This project is expected to deliver a system to manage peak energy demand and reduce GHG emissions and overall infrastructure costs while optimizing the use of electric buses.
    • $2 million to Opus One Solutions to demonstrate a shared economy model for EV chargers. The project will seek to understand and address the impact of residential EV charging on local networks, as well as assess the potential of repurposing private home chargers through a sharing platform for public use to support growing EV adoption.
    • $1.32 million to Alectra Inc. to develop and implement an EV model for single-family and multi-unit residential buildings. The project will provide convenient and affordable access to EV chargers, manage energy cost increases and provide incentives for encouraging off-peak EV charging in the residential sector.
    • $1.3 million to Geotab Inc. to demonstrate an enhanced SmartCharge Incentive system that includes price signals to allow EV owners to have different charge windows to avoid or limit popular charging times. A price signal allows for an additional incentive for EV owners to charge at a specific time to shift electrical loads at the grid level. 
    • $635,000 to Blackstone Energy Services Inc. to test drive a cost-effective vehicle-to-grid system that uses energy stored in EV batteries to provide cost savings to EV owners by encouraging them to discharge energy during peak electricity demand periods. The project will also provide cost savings to facility operators by offsetting power consumption during these periods.

    Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, these projects aim to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies by supporting demonstration projects for innovative technologies.

    Since 2015, Canada has made a historic investment of over $1 billion so far to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more locally accessible. These investments are building a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and installing chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play. The government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to help Canadians buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.

    These investments support Canada's new mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035. Driving down transportation emissions is critical to achieving Canada's ambitious climate change targets and requires a combination of investments and regulations to support Canadians and industry in this transition.

    The government supports green infrastructure projects that create good, middle-class jobs and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050.


    "We're giving Canadians the greener options they want to get to where they need to go. We're building a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations from St. John's to Victoria.
     This is how we get to net zero by 2050."

    The Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr.
    Minister of Natural Resources

    "Our government is committed to strong climate action. These projects will help to green our transportation sector, lower GHG emissions and build a clean energy future."

    Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
    Member of Parliament for Beaches–East York

    "As the largest transmission and distribution electricity company in Ontario delivering some of the cleanest energy in North America, Hydro One is in a unique position to enable electrification and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. We're integrating sustainability practices into all aspects of our business as part of our vision for a better and brighter future by developing innovative solutions such as our electric heavy-duty vehicle pilot to help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050."

    Jason Rakochy
    Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth
    Hydro One

    "As one of North America's largest transit organizations, the TTC continues to be an industry leader in transit electrification as we help pave the way for other cities and agencies to adopt or advance their green bus programs. The TTC currently operates the largest zero-emissions fleet in North America, and with the support of our federal partners, we are taking critical steps toward a greener, more sustainable future."

    Jaye Robinson
    Chair, Toronto Transit Commission

    Innovation is key to solving the crisis of climate change, and to have the leadership of the Government of Canada to partner with is key to driving transformation change. The cost of electrical infrastructure upgrades is one of the key barriers to EV adoption — this project brings forth a sharing economy platform by freeing the home chargers for public consumption while addressing grid constraints in a cost-effective manner with our partners SWTCH and Innisfil InnTerprises."

    Hari Subramaniam
    Chief of Strategic Growth, Opus One Solutions

    "Electrification of transportation is a generational opportunity for utilities to be more relevant and meaningful to our customers. Alectra is ready to play a critical role in the clean transportation ecosystem by offering cost-effective EV charging solutions. The AlectraDrive @Home project offers insights on EV charging behaviour at home and on the role incentives play in helping to optimize the impact of increased charging on the grid while accelerating EV adoption."

    Brian Bentz 
    President and CEO, Alectra Inc.

    "Large-scale adoption of electric vehicles is only possible if the grid is able to support the additional load. We are grateful for Natural Resources Canada's support of this project, which demonstrates Geotab Energy's upgraded load shaping solution. This new solution adds the ability to reduce charging load during critical peak periods and reduces the number of EVs charging at any given time. Geotab's unique approach provides substantial grid benefit while keeping the EV owner in full control of their charging behaviour — the result is a solution that meets the needs of both the grid and EV owners."

    Eric Mallia
    Vice-President, Geotab Energy, Geotab Inc.

    "Blackstone is excited to partner with Natural Resources Canada and our client hosts to offset power demand during peak consumption periods in Ontario by using energy stored in electric vehicle batteries. By leveraging our in-house energy management systems' expertise and grid edge technology, the EVID funding will grant us a huge step forward in our Vehicle-to-Grid systems development, which we expect will reduce our clients' power demand charges significantly."

    Grant McArthur
    Vice-President Renewables, 
    Blackstone Energy Services

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  • 16 Jul 2021 7:40 AM | Anonymous

    HARI SUTHAN Published July 11, 2021

    Hari Suthan is the chief strategic growth and policy officer at Opus One Solutions.

    For those of us who have spent many years advocating for a cleaner energy future, the past few months and weeks have been intensely satisfying. The International Energy Agency has come out against new fossil-fuel development. As the pandemic raged, the federal government issued a budget calling climate change “the challenge of our times.” The Supreme Court has declared federal carbon pricing constitutional. Investors are pushing Big Oil to do better on emissions. Across the board, what used to be a “radical” position on clean energy is becoming mainstream.

    Everyone is targeting net zero these days, which is great. But now that the question of “if” is decided, we must turn to the “how.” And here, we still have urgent work to do. We can’t reach our shiny new goals with Canada’s old top-down energy distribution model; we have to open up the business of energy distribution so the market can help us decarbonize.

    Providing power at scale for home and business users has traditionally been the domain of utilities, which create power from renewable and non-renewable inputs, then transmit that power from a generating facility, across the grid, to users. The job of converting carbon-emitting sources to clean energy transmission will be massive – and extremely expensive. Politicians and regulators will be tempted to dictate preferred technologies, which will be politically fraught. Does anyone really believe one solution fits all?

    We need to free Canadian utilities from the constraints that bind them to dirty energy, old technologies and fixed rates. They shouldn’t be mandated to spend billions doing it exactly as proscribed. They should be liberated to facilitate decarbonization through any clean energy source consumers want to pursue. Utilities should have the ability to augment their business models but continue to provide reliable, resilient and cost-effective service to consumers.

    Instead of being compensated for generation and flowing electrons to the end user, utilities should be incentivized to provide a reliable grid that distributes clean energy from a variety of sources. Generation will still be part of it, realistically, but the important thing is to facilitate a dynamic system. We need to figure out how to make our grid function more like highway infrastructure – make sure it’s reliable, set the guidelines, but don’t dictate which vehicles we drive or how we use the roads.

    If utilities can do that, we can use the market to help sort out which technologies help us decarbonize most efficiently. Does an EV make sense for you? The grid should be capable of charging your battery while power is cheapest, then buying back the excess when you want to sell it back. Want to cut your company’s bills with a wind turbine or solar array? The grid should allow for the same kind of two-way market.

    This isn’t about doing away with oversight or regulation. It’s about rethinking the way utilities are regulated to account for the goals we want to accomplish.

    Take solar generation. It’s a great example of how the constraints on our utilities have prevented us from leaning in on decarbonization – not just at the household level, but writ large.

    Canada could be a world leader in solar implementation. The sun is a much more reliable energy source than wind. Storage has doubled in efficiency and prices have come down 90 per cent in the past five years. Unlike wind turbines, solar can go practically anywhere without controversy. We have plenty of space for it.

    It’s great to see households installing solar, but roof by roof is the slow road to decarbonization, and it shows: In 2019, we were 19th in the world in installed solar capacity – at about 3,000 megawatts, roughly 5 per cent of what the United States had installed.

    The problem here is that in some parts of Canada, local distribution utilities are prevented from facilitating the wider use of proven clean technology. We give these utilities fixed-rate monopolies, supposedly to protect them and consumers. But the regulatory bind this entails allows them little ability to innovate. Local utilities currently aren’t allowed to be in the business of solar generation, which makes them an underused asset in the effort to meet Canada’s climate goals.

    The fastest way to ramp up solar would be to unleash local utilities to sign long-term power purchase agreements with big power-hogging customers such as Google and Amazon. That way, we could start tripling solar use every year, instead of boosting it 2.5 per cent over five years, as Ontario just has.

    Lifting solar, storage and electric vehicle constraints on utilities is the kind of thinking we need to do, fast, to meet our climate goals. Now that we have the broadest consensus ever that something needs doing, it’s time to figure out how.

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  • 03 May 2021 11:04 PM | Anonymous

    Often, we do not understand the true value of standards, and how strategic they are. This summation below, explains how the Geo-Exchange Standard developed so that more projects could be undertaken with confidence in the design and installation.

    In the late 80’s in Europe and North America was in its 15th year since the commercialization of Geo-Exchange (low enthalpy geothermal). Thanks to many passionate devout believers such as Professors (Bowes, Kavanough etc.), universities, manufacturers, contractors and IGHSPA, who tried not to let the installation quality deteriorate and become the Wild West.

    Canada had a history going back to 1948 with Prof Frank Hooper (University of Toronto) who did a study for Toronto Power Commission. In the mid 80’s, a 120-home pilot project in Toronto showed that different soils / different grout, can fail in 15% of the cases around the province. Ontario Hydro discovered and concluded that “ice Lensing” was occurring. Direct expansion was used in many cases, some successful and some not. Some Heat pump manufactures went out of business as a result. Carl Orio, invented/developed, properly engineered standing column wells, others imitated and failed. Training from Manufactures, IGSPA, and Universities were the providing parties of guidelines for the industry so that properly sized and installed systems would minimize failure, and thus, grow the industry. Electrical utilities saw the benefits to promote geothermal for many reasons, including load levelling, and were willing to offer incentives such as grants. The group wanted the system to provide 90% of the yearly energy from the ground (minimize auxiliary) and help this “grass roots” technology that was not a utility, to have consistent quality, longevity of life, minimal maintenance, save energy, and reduce GHGs.

    Ontario Hydro represented by Frank Lenarduzzi and Dave Young, suggested a (Canadian Standard/Guideline) along with many on the original stakeholders in many cases competitors, joined to help produce a better product for the market. Attached are the original CSA board members and Commercial board members. Two of these members Gino Di Rezze, and Robert Mancini are and still have been continually on the board for these 30 years. Some are still in the industry and as passionate as ever of the business they helped to develop. There are other names but too many to mention.

    The original CSA Standard, with the help of many good people, has evolved to Include the giant USA market via a Bi-National, and IGHSPA addition. At this point as the original members, we thought we would give you a snippet of real history of the “little standard that grew” and pay homage to the original visionaries that invested their time with passion in a product that they hope is a solution to Climate Change. These Committee members have believed in this for decades.

    Gino Di Rezze P.Eng. Robert Mancini P.Eng.

  • 22 Apr 2021 11:02 PM | Anonymous

    OSEA's Earth Day Webinar is available to watch on Youtube to learn more about the values and impacts of ESG on the clean energy sector. 

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  • 08 Apr 2021 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    OSEA would like to present Toronto Clean Energy Partnership Webinar Event: Decarbonization of Cooling and Heating in Cities- Canadian and Finish collaboration. This webinar commences on April 20-21 2021 from 9 AM-1030AM EST. To register for this event, please, click the link ->

  • 26 Mar 2021 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    ONEIA, a partner of OSEA, is hosting an exciting webinar event focusing on the expansion of the environmental business, cleantech sector and related policy forums. This informative event will be held from May 4-7 and May 11-13 2021. Please, register for this event on their website. 

  • 09 Mar 2021 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Canada’s services export sector accounts for the bulk of our economic activity, showing unmatched growth over the past two decades. And if you’ve ever sold a professional service to someone outside Canada, you’re a part of it.

    In our new webinar, Selling your services to the world: How to find new markets, our trade experts will reveal how service-oriented small businesses can take advantage of new opportunities for expansion and identify emerging international markets. 

    Join us live on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to discover:

    • The economic outlook for the Canadian services sector and key findings 
    • How you can take advantage of free trade agreements like CPTPP, CETA and CUSMA
    • The overall impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the road to recovery
    • How one Canadian company has succeeded in sustaining and expanding their export operations
    • Top emerging market opportunities for Canadian services exports

    Our panel


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    Stephen TappDeputy Chief EconomistExport Development Canada


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    Darren SmithDirector, Services Trade Policy DivisionGlobal Affairs Canada

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    Tanya C. WalkerLawyer and Managing PartnerWalker Law


  • 17 Jan 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous




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  • 16 Dec 2020 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    How best do we address climate change while ensuring we retain energy reliability in Canada?

    Solving pressing climate change issues:

    According to Natural Resources Canada, today our electricity grid today is 82% carbon-free. But our overall energy system is comprised of both electricity and natural gas and produces carbon or methane from several sources such as oil and gas, industrial plants, processing, landfills, transportation, buildings, and homes. Canada is entirely within its own control to move us toward a lower carbon footprint. Canada must first embrace innovative technologies to transition towards a low carbon economy, ensuring our technology companies have a “home court advantage” to enter export-markets.

    What are the technology options?

    The technology options are varied, but the premise is that we need to move to greater electrification of our building stock and transportation. By enhancing regulatory policy, strategic government incentives, codes and standards, and broadening financing, we achieve a full “value chain impact”: 

    • Ensure energy efficiency (and new LEED Buildings) remains the least-cost option to reduce energy consumption and install energy efficiency technologies that offer the deepest carbon reductions.
    • Boost industry capacity for installing geoexchange, the most space-efficient heating and cooling technology with decades of installations, building codes, and accepted CSA standards.
    • Support the development of distributed energy resources (DERs) or mini-grids including AI, with appropriate policy to avoid placing a burden on our local electric systems.
    • Encourage energy storage deployment to defer grid (T&D) investments, thereby more reliably backing up increasing amounts of intermittent solar and wind technologies.
    • Grow the bioeconomy in the north using biomass fuelled by locally sourced wood pellets.
    • Green our natural gas supply with increasing use of renewable natural gas (RNG).
    • Invest in scaled-up power-to-gas using electrolizers for storage in our gas distribution network.
    • Produce surplus hydrogen from our nuclear reactor fleet (off-peak) to deploy in HDVs.
    • Electrify fleets, install L-2/L-3 chargers, conduct pilots to mitigate load impacts on utilities.
    • Invest in cybersecurity protection to enhance operations of smart grid and electric vehicle (EV) deployments.
    • Support carbon capture, waste to energy, and other circular economy technologies.

    How to achieve a low-carbon society

    At the end of the day, there’s not one single policy, one single technology, or one single incentive, that will achieve a low carbon society in Canada. Rather, it’s moving forward to embrace innovative technologies as costs come down, better urban planning to include the smarter use of energy, and to recognize the full life cycle impacts of our decisions that will ensure we move in the right direction.

    Clean technology has the potential to greatly reduce and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change and achieve a low carbon society.

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