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OREC Not Affected by the Suspension of the LRP Program

Last week, the Ontario Government decided to cancel the second round of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program.  The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and MicroFIT programs remain untouched by this decision.  OREC continues to find new projects to build under FIT 5 and will launch our fifth securities offering in November to finance at least three projects under FIT 4. Although …

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Ontario’s new budget locks in climate action

The following is a guest post from Environmental Defence and was written by Patrick DeRochie, Campaign Coordinator of the Clean Economy program.  Ontario has taken its most significant step yet in tackling climate change and building a low-carbon economy. Meeting emission reduction targets along with a cap-and-trade program to price carbon pollution will be the law in Ontario. On Wednesday, …

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The Customer-Centric Electricity Grid: New York State

New York State, under the leadership of Public Service Commission chair Audrey Zibelman, reaches a major milestone en route to the nation’s first market platform for customer-sited clean-energy technologies. A two-plus-hour drive north from New York City along the Hudson River leads to the state capital of Albany. There the government buildings overlooking Empire State Plaza have become the front …

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A Former Weapons Systems Designer Turned Green Builder

CBC Radio tells us about a hi-tech house near Merrickville, where a ridiculous r-value, is just the beginning. This house will allow Chris and Claire Weissflog to live virtually carbon free. Too good to be true? Find out yourself! Click here for the CBC Radio interview.

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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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