• 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,

  • 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.


    Ontario Energy Board

    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)


    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.


    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 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


    You can always contact OSEA through the following email address

  • 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


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