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  • 06 Aug 2020 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    As a collaborative partner in the innovation ecosystem, OCE would like to share with your members a unique funding opportunity to help accelerate Canadian Smart City solutions in a Post-Covid19 world through connectivity, smart infrastructure and mobility-based technologies through our Smart City Challenge

    Smart Cities are unlocking the future of data and connectivity across Ontario, creating enormous potential for the development and adoption of new urban technologies. The OCE Smart City Challenge supports Ontario based SMEs who use connectivity in their product or service. 

    The OCE Smart City initiative is part of the ENCQOR 5G program that is focused on advancing Ontario companies and making them more competitive globally.

    The program is open to all eligible companies, including those involved in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, media, cybersecurity or those with a focus on northern or remote communities.  Additional information is available at https://oce-ontario.org/programs/what's-new/smart-city .

    Should you have any questions on the initiative I would be happy to connect with you.  We hope that you will share this Challenge opportunity with your membership to support the development and adoption of their new technologies.  The application deadline is September 10, 2020.

    If you or your members have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

    John Chiappetta

    Business Development and Commercialization Manager

    john.chiappetta@oce-ontario.org 

    325 Front Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5V 2Y1

    t:416.861.1092 • 1.866.759.6014

    www.oce-ontario.org



  • 08 May 2020 9:42 AM | Dan Stramer (Administrator)

    Please read our spring newsletter

    OSEA Newsletter-spring-2020.pdf


  • 15 Feb 2020 5:29 PM | Anonymous


    MOLTEX ENERGY IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE ONTARIO SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION (OSEA)

    January 27, 2020

    Saint John, NB – Moltex Energy is pleased to announce their application has been accepted to join the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). The OSEA is the organization which represents the entire sustainable energy sector and supports green energy, clean technology and energy efficiency technologies.

    Members of OSEA include green technology developers, distributors, installers and operators and other service providers. OSEA supports members in promoting the development of sustainable systems in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

    Rory O’Sullivan, CEO for North America at Moltex Energy, said, “This is positive news and a great resource for us. We are very pleased to now be part of the OSEA network and to collaborate with an organization promoting the global development of sustainable systems”.

    “At Moltex we are developing a hybrid clean energy generation and thermal storage system, allowing our reactor to deliver electricity when it is needed. This means that we can work alongside intermittent renewables in an entirely clean electricity system.”

    The new generation of nuclear power provides clean, reliable and low-cost energy. Thermal storage is known to be orders of magnitude more cost effective than other forms of electricity storage. Together these two technologies provide a realistic and cost effective route to a carbon free electricity system. 

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    Media Contact:

    Tracey Stephenson

    Lynwood Strategies

    Tracey@lynwoodstrategies.ca

    506.866.8516

    About Moltex Energy:

    Moltex Energy is a privately held company striving to solve the world's most critical challenge, providing safe, clean and affordable energy. The company has headquarters in the United Kingdom and New Brunswick and collaborates with other innovators and nuclear energy experts worldwide. The mission is to cost-effectively produce carbon-free electricity so that fossil fuels can stay in the ground.

    Moltex Energy is one of two companies that NB Power has selected to explore building Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in New Brunswick. Moltex has developed a first-of-its-kind technology to build a better nuclear reactor that will safely, cleanly and economically solve global energy issues and power the planet in the 21st century. The workforce, along with the existing nuclear generating station and a supportive government, make New Brunswick an ideal location to build this technology.

    For more information visit: www.moltexenergy.com and www.ontario-sea.org


  • 16 Dec 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    By Dan Goldberger, President and Chair of the Board of Directors

    OSEA is reshaping its strategic approach towards advocating for a sustainable future in Ontario.

    In 2019, OSEA held the following events that contributed to building capacity in the energy and sustainability landscape in Ontario:

    All of the events held by OSEA proved to be extremely successful and were well-attended. Excellent content was provided by leading speakers in the Ontario political energy landscape, sustainable energy technology, climate change resilience, mitigation and adaptation, green industries jobs, and related fields, including Travis Lusney of Power Advisory LLC, Bonnie Hiltz of Sussex Strategy Group, Dr. Blair Feltmate of the Intact Centre at the University of Waterloo, Rob McMonagle of the City of Toronto’s Green Industry Sector Group, and many others.

    OSEA also contributed to a variety of important events including the Ontario Government Budget Lockup, and various conferences with other partners including having a presence at the IESO Energy Symposium for First Nations, and attending the Ontario Energy Association, Energy Storage Canada, APPrO and Energy and Mines conferences, as well as various workshops led by the Ontario Energy Network, breakfasts at Gowlings LLP, SAC Committee Meetings of the IESO, OEB proceedings, among other events discussing important energy transformative issues in Ontario.

    In conjunction to hosting GEDO 19 for the 9th annual year, OSEA also continues to participate in the Ontario Energy Board’s various rate filings and consultations on key issues like Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and on the role of the OEB in allowing legitimate intervenors to participate in the overview of energy in our economy (see separate article).

    OSEA has an engaged Board of Directors with six highly committed members. In addition to myself as President and Board Chair, serving the community are:

    • Mary Sye, Vice Chair
    • Dawn Lambe
    • Leon Wasser
    • Kerry Lakatos-Hayward
    • Rizwan Khan

    OSEA is supported by an association management company NFP Performance Improvement, which is assisting OSEA in managing a complex transition towards re-staffing the association.

    OSEA is on a new path to rejuvenate itself as an effective voice for its membership to the Ontario Energy Board and to the Provincial Government, advancing its key goals.

    We welcome the renewal of your support or your new participation in OSEA, to help us grow the voice for sustainable energy in Ontario, and beyond.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Goldberger, Chair of the Board, OSEA

  • 16 Dec 2019 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    OSEA hosted a trade show booth at the IESO First Nations Energy Symposium 2019, held in Toronto on November 4-5 at the Chelsea Hotel.

    The Symposium was meant to build community capacity among First Nations communities by sharing best case practices and celebrating “energy champions” among the diverse communities in Ontario. In-depth explanations of how to perform / manage; Community Energy Plans, Project Management, Transmission Procurement, Asset Management, Conservation, and other issues were highlighted.

    Photo of IESO’s Clare Gutjahr, OSEA’s Chair Dan Goldberger, and IESO staffer Sheena Li at the OSEA Booth, which was well attended over the two-day Symposium.

    OSEA has long advocated for better energy solutions for Ontario’s vast north, especially remote and off-grid First Nation communities.

  • 16 Dec 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    OSEA has been approached by Archives Ontario to assess the possibility of acquiring textual records, photographs, electronic records, publications, etc., that would buttress its understanding of the sustainable energy sector in Ontario. Essentially, OSEA will be making a donation that consists of records related to the history and operations of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.

    Archives Ontario’s Elana Sadinsky is a Senior Archivist who reached out to OSEA’s Chair Dan Goldberger to explain the mandate of Archives Ontario:

    “At the Archives of Ontario, the acquisition mandate is to acquire recorded information of provincial significance that provides the best documentary evidence of the decisions and activities of the Ontario government and of the development of Ontario society.”

    This led to a series of meetings between OSEA and Archives Ontario in the fall of 2019 as Archives Ontario assessed the records provided to them as to suitability for their collection.

    OSEA’s Chair stated:

    “This is a testament to the excellent work done by OSEA from 2001 to 2015, when OSEA led all energy associations in Ontario advocating for the Green Energy Act, Feed-in-Tariffs, Micro-FITs and Net Metering legislation. Our goal is to donate these important records to Archives Ontario, and we are grateful for its request and collaboration in this regard.”

    Riz Khan (right), an OSEA Board Member and attorney, worked with the OSEA Chair Dan Goldberger to assess the appropriateness of records to be donated to Archives Ontario. The process of assignment and donation will take some time and be an ongoing process between the two organizations.

    No records of a confidential, financial, or of a personal nature, are part of the donation accepted by Archives Ontario, www.Archives.gov.on.ca.


  • 16 Dec 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    By Kerry Lakatos-Hayward, OSEA representative

    Distributed energy resources (DERs) are playing an increasingly important role in Ontario’s electricity supply, surpassing 10% of connected load. With technology costs for DERs decreasing and a desire by customers to have more choice and control over their energy, distributed energy resources are forecast to continue this upward trend. Against this backdrop, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has commenced a comprehensive review of all aspects of DERs, and is undertaking a number of parallel reviews to address Distributed Energy Resources Connections Review (EB-2019-0207), Utility Remuneration (EB-2018-0287), and Responding to Distributed Energy Resources (EB-2018-0288).


    OSEA fully supports the transformative role that distributed resources are playing in Ontario’s new energy economy, being an important creator of “green jobs”, economic development and exports. We are taking an active role in the OEB proceedings, including providing written comments and participating in Stakeholder Consultations. Specifically, we are representing you, our membership, by advocating for inclusion of all green energy technologies and innovation as sources of distributed energy resources, as well as the need to adopt a local/community approach to energy planning and climate change/ greenhouse gas mitigation efforts.

    In our submissions, we have emphasized the following points:

    • Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are a vital part of community energy planning and provide local competitive advantage via economic development. We cited the City of Toronto and Brant County as positive examples of local energy planning, specifically Brant County which in fact produces more electricity than it consumes.
    • We encouraged the OEB to provide clear definitions of DERs and regulatory rules; however, we cautioned that a principles-based approach is preferred to additional regulation, as there is no optimal one size fits all and that local stakeholders should not be restricted by “central fiat” Instead, we are advocating for a clear set of principles and policy direction, creating a level playing field for DERs and encouraging innovation.
    • We recommended that the value of DERs as reflected in rates and pricing should recognize full societal benefits which are specific to localized marginal values; and,
    • With respect to interconnection standards, we recommended that local LDCs should create processes and timelines, guided by agreed-upon principles and adhere to them. IESO/CSA/ESA should provide oversight to ensure compliance with NERC, particularly for reliability.

    There was significant interest in the Stakeholder Consultation process with numerous presentations and written submissions made by different groups. And, while there was not consensus on all points, numerous themes did emerge:

    • Customers must come first in consideration of rules regarding DERs and that reliability, sustainability and affordability are key objectives.
    • Stakeholders need to develop a shared understanding of the issues related to DERs (the what and the why). This includes agreeing on common definitions of DERs (value / service types / customers) and key principles.
    • Existing assets should be optimized to minimize the stranding of assets.
    • The evolution of the energy sector needs to be outcomes and performance-based, where costs follow benefits and the specific value of DERs reflect full localized benefits.
    • With respect to interconnection processes, clear direction is required on who pays for connection and how are connection costs recovered, in order to send right risk/reward and limit cross-subsidization for customers who do not put in DERs.
    • Regulatory and policy solutions must reflect the Ontario context. Ontario has a large number of LDCs, with public ownership of transmission and distribution as well as generation assets. Additionally, there is a backdrop of the Global Adjustment charge and Industrial Conservation Initiative, carbon pricing and Ontario’s unique, supply/demand mix and PBR framework. Experience in other jurisdictions, for example Hawaii, California and New York, can inform the discussion but it cannot directly translate into solutions for Ontario.
    • The role of the OEB is to ensure that regulation is proactive and puts the right rules in place to enable market competition. Regulatory change is recognized as evolutionary not revolutionary, should be technology agnostic, and not protect utilities but address barriers to change by providing incentive and penalties for LDCs.
    • There was recognition that utilities need to be encouraged to make the right investments in a time when the concept of a natural monopoly may no longer be completely relevant. There was significant debate on the utility ownership question, with some stakeholders calling out the mismatch between the LDCs role as being a gatekeeper for DERs with LDCs desire to participate in the DER marketplace. There was also recognition that the Affiliate Relationship Code needs to be updated.
    • Utility planning to replace and upgrade wire and pipe assets must be neutral between hard wire pipe assets and fully consider other options, including DERs energy efficiency and demand response.

    As a next step, the OEB is considering the facilitation report and submissions of all stakeholders. In the meantime, it is initiating a DER Working Group to consider technical requirements, process and cost related aspects of connecting new storage and generation to distribution systems, both in front and behind the meter. OSEA attended the initial meeting on December 4 and will look to join the working group to continue to advocate on behalf of our members.

    If you have any comments or perspectives on the role of distributed energy resources in Ontario’s energy future, OSEA would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact the author of this article, Kerry Lakatos-Hayward who is representing OSEA at the DER Working Group.

    Resources

    Ontario Energy Board

    https://www.oeb.ca/industry/policy-initiatives-and-consultations/distributed-energy-resources-der-connections-review

    https://www.oeb.ca/industry/policy-initiatives-and-consultations/utility-remuneration

    https://www.oeb.ca/industry/policy-initiatives-and-consultations/responding-distributed-energy-resources-ders

    IESO Innovation Paper

    Exploring Expanded DER Participation in the IESO-Administered Markets Part I – Conceptual Models for DER Participation


  • 15 Dec 2019 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The ninth Green Energy Doors OpenTM (GEDOTM) 2019 was held Sept. 20 to 29 across Ontario. Activities were organized in two regions: the greater Ottawa area by SmartNet Alliance, and the rest of southern Ontario by OSEA.

    OSEA implemented two types of activities: a half-day Launch event on September 20 with educational and networking opportunities; and Doors Open at 14 sites.

    GEDO 2019 received strong support from individuals and corporations.

    Launch – September 20

    The launch event was held Sept. 20 at Ryerson University. It opened with a plenary session featuring Rob McMonagle, Green Sector, City of Toronto, titled: Drivers of Growth for Toronto's Green Industries: Developing a Roadmap for Economic Success.

    Focusing on the economic aspects of the green economy including but not limited to sustainable energy, Mr. Monagle explained the role of the Sector Development Office; defined the green sector and its size in Toronto; presented global growth trends of the green sector; suggested some challenges for Canada’s green industries; outlined the steps in developing an industry growth roadmap; and presented current actions and partners in the development of the green economy in Toronto.

    Access Mr. Monagle’s presentation here.

    The plenary session was followed by a panel on Innovative Sustainable Technologies with:

    • Abbas Chagani, Supervisor, Business Development, Enbridge, who presented on renewable natural gas
    • Julia St.-Michael, Director, Sustainability Engagement, ENWAVE Energy Corporation, speaking on district energy and thermal storage
    • Jeff Ranson, Regional Director, GTA, Canadian Green Buildings Council (CaGBC), who addressed sustainable building technologies, LEED, Net Zero and similar topics
    • Gino Di Rezze, President of Groundheat International who discussed geo-exchange.

    The panelists brought differing perspectives to the table, sometimes building upon each other’s comments and occasionally respectfully disagreeing or presenting a different take on the discussion point.

    The presentations concluded with Dawn Lambe, Executive Director, Biomass North Development Centre outlining the status and challenges of sustainable energy in northern Ontario and offered advice on how to build successful business relationships with indigenous communities.

    GEDOTM 2019 Sites

    At relatively short notice, OSEA was able to organize 14 sites across southern Ontario, with six sites in Toronto and eight from Sarnia to Peterborough, stretching up to Bruce County. The sites covered a wide range of sustainable energy installations:

    • Geothermal for heating and cooling from both deep lake water and well water
    • A wind farm
    • Low-energy homes
    • Sustainable products
    • A research lab

    and other businesses that use innovative ways to reduce their energy consumption and promote sustainable practices.

    GEDOTM continues to resonate with and be supported by the sustainable energy community in Ontario.


  • 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, 8:30 am

    Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University

    More details and registration information on the GEDO 2019 webpage!


  • 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

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