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  • 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

  • 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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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
    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
    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



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