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Ontario’s microFIT Program: The Nitty-Gritty On Going Solar

The approval process after our application to the OPA microFIT program took 3 1/2 months;  in June, we heard that our application had been conditionally approved. By then, Mark had done a lot of research on solar technology and had narrowed our choice of suppliers down to a few companies. More discussion with companies both in California and Southern Ontario …

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The True Cost of Renewable Energy and Conservation

There has been much effort made in the media to lead the public to believe that their electricity bills have been spiralling due to the cost of subsidies to wind and solar initiatives of our energy conservation programs.  The 80 cents/kilowatt hour (kWh) for solar is frequently cited as the greatest offender, even though that rate only applies to rooftop …

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NB Power looks to small-scale renewable energy

Communities and First Nations to be invited to set up wind, hydro, biomass generation. NB Power says as part of its goal to generate 40 per cent of its in-province sales from renewable sources by 2020, it will encourage locally owned, small-scale green energy. The plan would involve co-operatives and First Nations communities building and owning wind farms, solar panels, small hydro projects, …

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Renewable energy deserves a rethink

Re Sadly, the time isn’t right for clean energy (March 21): Sadly, Mr. Reguly has missed the point — and direction — of the change happening in the electricity industry. The change now facing the electricity sector is not one of ‘Big Nuclear/Fossil plants’ being replaced by equivalent sources of ‘clean’ generation. It will be a change where the present …

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March 29 Deadline to Share Your Input with Govt. of Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is accepting submissions to the Environmental Registry on its 2015 Climate Change Discussion paper until March 29, 2015. The Federation of Community Power Co-operatives (FCPC), of which OREC is a member, has submitted its own letter. For ideas and suggestions, please read their submission here. Feel free to borrow content in a modified form …

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Building Local Economies through Cooperative Ownership

Seven Co-op Principles

It is common belief that companies build our economy.   Most of us assume that strong businesses build a strong local economy.   But most corporations operate on the premise that their prime responsibility is to maximize return for the shareholders while NOT breaking any laws.  Focusing on the local economy is not their legal responsibility, unless of course the executives specifically …

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What’s in it for Quebec?

Written by: Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s Outreach Director One of the questions we frequently hear about the idea of increasing water imports to Ontario is “What’s in it for Quebec?” As it turns out, quite a bit. According to the Commission sur les enjeux énergétiques du Québec, which looked into the province’s energy future in 2013, the province …

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Canada #9 In Global Energy Efficiency Rankings

Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, …

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Towards 100% Renewable Energy Regions

Photo Credit: Flickr/Bastian Greshake

Written by: Stewart Fast, OREC Board Member Is it possible to power modern, industrialized, mixed urban and rural regions like Ottawa with 100% local renewable energy sources? Yes it is. That is the message from 140 different regions in Germany. They all have qualified for recognition as 100% renewable energy regions from a program sponsored by the German Federal Environment …

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How Feed-in Tariff Protect Taxpayers from Paying for their Neighbours Electricity

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Written by: Dick Bakker, OREC Board Member Feed-in Tariff’s (FIT) are an innovative way to finance new localized power production and continually drive down costs.  The law states that renewables have priority on the electrical grid (based on certain rules) and receive a steady income stream.  FIT power producers are given a fixed rate for a 20 year period; therefore …

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