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Presented by Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association at the 2009 Ontario Trillium Foundation professional development conference

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  • This speech basciall breaks down into: How OSEA’s history brought us to this historic moment of opportunity What is the opportunity for Community Power and what are the advantages to working with or starting your own CP project The new emergent approach to planning will bring a flourishing of sustainable energy OSEA has many services available
  • CAN YOU HEAR THAT? That’s the sound of OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING at your door! Up until a few months ago, community wind projects like this one were EXTREMLY difficult to get off the ground. In the course of a year, this has all changed. Much more is now possible.
  • We’ll soon be seeing many more rooftops cladded with solar panels Home of Mike Brigham of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative (TREC) Passive solar design Phased/modular approach
  • In fact, we’re already seeing people getting very creative with solar panels and putting them wherever there is good solar exposure. OR GOOD PR EXPOSURE! By-the-way, Paul is a ORIGINALLY from Val-Caron right around here and he installs PV on rooftops of local institutions like community centers, schools and churches. You can find him in the Associate Members section of the OSEA website.
  • Every day there is more and more news of manufacturers looking to set up shop in Ontario. Municipalities and Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Corporations are recognizing the huge potential for new jobs. ASIDE: This happens to be a SPANISH turbine and Spain was a country that a decade or two ago was not on the renewable energy map. But they were facing a fuel price crisis that created the political will for them to move towards energy-independence. They’re not there yet, but the moral of this story is that in the process they gained a significant share of the global wind turbine market and created a whole new industry in that country. So 100% renewable may yet be far off, but in the meantime we’re gonna put a lot of people to work! And we can ramp up Not yet produced in Ontario
  • Farmers are installing biogas digester to sell us power as soon as we need it and to better manage all that crap! WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN Groundwater protection Heating needs Refining the manure faster into high-grade fertilizer On-demand power production complements our intermittent solar and wind resources.
  • And gentlemen like this one up in HEARST will deliver to your door THE most efficient wood pellet burning furnaces on the market so that your home or business can heat itself renewably!
  • This time right now is a critical turning point where we’ll either CATCH-UP to and SURPASS the best in the world (GERMANY)
  • … .OR we can languish with past ways of doing things. This is a photo from right here in Sudbury by a famous Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. He like to shoot industrial sites and produces images that reveal a sort of beauty amid ecological destruction.
  • There WAS a time when Ontario was completely powered by renewable electricity. Beck I & II generating station is probably the biggest and best known example
  • … .but we also built many many smaller plants where it was feasible to do so. Publicly owned
  • But somewhere the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission veered of the energy Soft Path and became mesmerized by the false promises of nuclear power. We opened up a Pandora’s box of financial/ecological debt
  • They also fell prey to the notion that our energy consumption SHOULD and WOULD increase year-after-year requiring more and more plants like this one – the infamous Nanticoke Station – one of Canada’s BIGGEST smog and GHG emitters. Veered onto the hard paths. Look at that PILE of COAL! That used to be the top of a mountain in Tennessee. We need to take RESPONSIBILITY for our energy.
  • Maybe this mountain top. Talk about NOT IN MY BACKYARD! MY BACKYARD IS A CRATER!!!
  • Mike Brigham’s off-grid cottage
  • With this opportunity and the resources OSEA offers to help launch Community Power projects we’re catching up to the world leaders in sustainable energy and sustainable lifestyles.
  • … Like this solar powered cottage in the Muskoka region
  • Mario DeCastris Farm But we don’t just do policy advocacy. We also….
  • Building on the success of the World Wind Energy Conference 2008 Community Power experts from Ontario, Canada and abroad Bringing together Community Power proponents with public and private sectors
  • Source: OPA presentation - Métis Provincial Youth Forum - 21/08/2009 – Sudbury From a PLAN-DRIVEN approach to an emergent PRINCIPLE-DRIVEN approach From this approach you’ll see an emergence of green energy from… > NEXT SLIDE
  • Sherry Arnstein
  • Landowners saw speculation taking place in their community and they decided to form a committee to Evaluate their development and ownership options Understand the legal and technical aspects of wind development. Glen Estill helped this committee understand their options and form realistic expectations around how development would proceed and the risks involved. The committee studies the many issues and created a report for the rest of the community. Of the 3 companies offering landleases to the landowners, the committee considered Preneal’s to be the best deal for landowners and larger community It offered compensation for ALL landowners. Those hosting turbines got a certain percentage of the revenue. Those with land capable of acquiring turbines but ultimately did not receive them got somewhat less. Those within the footprint but without suitable land received the least % of revenues.
  • … to innovative partnerships between First Nations and renewable energy co-operatives. BACKGROUND NOTES 1. What motivated your community to develop a community owned wind park as opposed to leasing your land to outside wind developers? The decision was based on the fact that the First Nation wanted some control in the actual decision making process regarding the windmill operation. We saw the opportunity to get community input into the development size and operational procedures. 2. What do you hope to achieve for your community through the development of this wind park? An economic development project that will create some employment and eventually generate own source revenue, plus ensuring that we limit the impact on the environment to our natural resources. 3. How would you describe your experiences with the process of developing the wind park so far? Very educational, having no basic knowledge of wind energy it has been very eye opening to see what other sources of power that we can rely on that is safe to the environment. 4. Has this process yielded any unexpected benefits or created any unexpected problems so far? It has created a new awareness in the alternative energy sources, it also raised our communities interest beyond the normal expectations of nuclear power. It has also opened our eyes to the OPA (Ontario Power Authority) and how they control the amount of watts that can make or break a community project of this size.
  • The Green Energy Act Campaign was launched in June 2008, and in this capacity, OSEA is part of a greater alliance. Here we have the founding members, for more information on who the alliance is, I would invite you to visit
  • There are still many challenges that we’re working on…
  • Mike Brigham’s off-grid cottage In addition to the opportunity there are just some lots of good reasons to develop renewable energy projects as community-based ventures.
  • Mario DeCastris Farm But we don’t just do policy advocacy. We also….
  • You can go through the chronology of OSEA as you like but the segue into the next slide is that: EVERYTHING WE’VE DONE HAS LED TO THIS WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY > NEXT SLIDE
  • Green Energy Opportunities

    1. 1. Green Energy Opportunities Kristopher Stevens Executive Director Trillium Foundation November 6, 2009
    2. 2. About OSEA What is OSEA? A province-wide, member-based non-profit association founded in 1999 that represents and serves Ontario’s Community Power sector through policy advocacy, public outreach and capacity building activities. Who is OSEA? 120+ Community Power organizations and sustainable energy enterprises including households, First Nations, co-ops, farmers, private businesses, municipalities and other local institutions.
    3. 3. Photo by K. Stevens, 2009 – Exhibition Place, Toronto Opportunity is knocking!
    4. 4. Photo by M. Brigham, 2008 – Toronto, Canada A Province of Green Entrepreneurs!
    5. 5. Photo by, 2009 - St. Jean de Brébeuf CHS, Toronto Good in so many ways!
    6. 6. Jobs, jobs and more jobs!
    7. 7. Photo by K. Stevens, 2008 – Prescott-Russel, Canada A Triple Word Score and Beyond
    8. 8. Photo by R. Garcia, 2009 – Hearst, Canada Not just electricity!
    9. 9. Middelgrunden (Copenhagen) Community Wind Farm The tipping point
    10. 10. Photo by E. Burtynsky - Tailings 33, Sudbury, Canada Which path will we choose?
    11. 11. Beck 1 and II Niagara Falls, Ontario We were 100% renewable!
    12. 12. Photo by Roberto Garcia, 2009 - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario Is it time for a renaissance?
    13. 13. Photo by, Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Canada Promises
    14. 14. Photo by - Nanticoke Generating Station, Canada More Power!
    15. 15. Photo by – Rawl, Tennessee, USA Our backyard
    16. 16. Photo by – Wharton, West Virginia Our responsibility!
    17. 17. Window of Opportunity <ul><li>Co-operative Act </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities, LDCs and local institutions can play </li></ul><ul><li>Price bonuses </li></ul><ul><li>Project funding </li></ul>Photo by M. Brigham, 2008 – Moon River Bay
    18. 18. “ Be the Change to a Culture of Conservation” -Peter Love, Ontario’s Past Chief Conservation Officer Photo by K. Stevens, 2009 – Freiburg, Germany
    19. 19. Will you open the door? Photo: – Wharton, West Virginia Photo by M. Brigham, 2008 – Moon River Bay
    20. 20. We are here to help! Photo by W. Dahlstrom, 2009 – Picton, Canada
    21. 21. Metro Toronto Convention Centre November 15-18 It’s everybody’s business now!
    22. 22. Please Contact Us 416-977-4441 [email_address] Kristopher Stevens Executive Director, OSEA Join the Green Energy Act Alliance!
    23. 23. A new approach to planning Source: OPA presentation - Métis Provincial Youth Forum - 21/08/2009 - Sudbury
    24. 24. Which rung are you on? Sherry Arnstein’s, A Ladder of Citizen Participation, 1969
    25. 25. Community Power Source: NL,D,DK,ES,GB: Dave Toke, University of Birmingham, 2005, updated to Toke 2008 Source: Minnesota: Windustry, 2008 Source: Ontario: OSEA, 2008 Community-Owned Wind Turbines in Europe Farmer Community Corporate Netherlands 60% 5% 35% Germany 10% 40% 50% Denmark 64% 24% 12% Spain 0% 0% 100% Great Britain 1% 1% 98% Minnesota 31% 69% Ontario <1% >99%
    26. 26. Social Friction Photo by K. Stevens, 2008 – Lions Head, Canada <ul><li>The break up of Ontario Hydro </li></ul><ul><li>Competing ideologies </li></ul><ul><li>A perceived credibility gap </li></ul><ul><li>An uneven playing field for new technologies and cultural options </li></ul><ul><li>Who bears the burden for the greater good? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    27. 27. Pukwis wind co-op <ul><li>Joint Venture collaboration since 2003 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chippewas of Georgina Island + Windfall Ecology Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financed with co-op share offering & commercial loans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>54 MW in total - 20 MW in Phase I </li></ul><ul><li>Major Milestones: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compiled 3 years of wind data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secured grid access with 2 Connection Impact Assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Assessment Initiated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Formed June 2008 – after RESOP hiatus </li></ul>Founders of the Green Energy Act Alliance
    29. 29. Challenges to keep us on our toes <ul><li>Grid Access </li></ul><ul><li>Access to capital </li></ul><ul><li>Access to affordable insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Siting surprises </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial content rules </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy Approvals </li></ul><ul><li>Social friction </li></ul>Photo by M. Brigham, 2008 – Toronto, Canada
    30. 30. Why YOU are important <ul><li>Greater social acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility of future projects/phases </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen your partners brand and reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Better performance and less down-time </li></ul><ul><li>Local knowledge – better siting </li></ul><ul><li>Projects completed on-time and on-budget </li></ul><ul><li>FIT community/aboriginal price bonus </li></ul>Photo by M. Brigham, 2008 – Moon River Bay
    31. 31. We are here to help! <ul><li>Policy Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Community Power workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Project development guidebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Web resources @ </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation services </li></ul><ul><li>Community Power Fund grants </li></ul><ul><li>Network of local Sustainable Energy Hubs </li></ul><ul><li>Referrals </li></ul>Photo by W. Dahlstrom, 2009 – Picton, Canada
    32. 32. <ul><li>1999: TREC organizers launch OSEA </li></ul><ul><li>2004: Led campaign for FITs </li></ul><ul><li>2007: Community Power Fund launched </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Co-hosted 7th World Wind Energy Conference in Kingston </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign for a Green Energy Act </li></ul><ul><li>2009: 1 st Community Power Conference </li></ul>Short history of OSEA Photo by – Toronto, Canada