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Green Energy Doors Open 2020 in review

OSEA / Newsletter / 30 December 2020

On October 20th, OSEA held its 10th Annual Green Energy Doors OpenTM 2020 event, in partnership with OCE (now OCI). Over 300 plus registrants from all sectors participated, and over 20 sustainable energy companies participated within “clusters” that included: Waste to Energy & Waste Recycling, Energy Storage (V2G and Storage with Solar), Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Grid Firming Technologies, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Emerging Carbon Free Technologies e.g. Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, SMRs, and Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

In a post event survey with OCE/OCI, all respondents were impressed with the high calibre and breadth of the sustainable technologies, the information conveyed and came away with a better understanding of the rich ecosystem that has been developed in Ontario over the years.

Review: Planet of the Humans

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The film is controversial because it makes two big claims: first, that renewable energy is a sham; second, that big environmental organizations—by promoting solar and wind power—have sold their souls to billionaire investors.

I feel fairly confident commenting on the first of these claims, regarding renewable energy, having spent a year working with David Fridley of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to assess the prospects for a complete transition to solar and wind power.

We found that the transition to renewables is going far too slowly to make much of a difference during the crucial next couple of decades, and would be gobsmackingly expensive if we were to try replacing all fossil fuel use with solar and wind.


Halting climate change means a world without fossil fuels

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“Focusing only on emissions reductions can potentially miss – and mischaracterize – the more important challenge of decarbonization,” says Matthew Hoffmann, a professor of political science at U of T Scarborough who co-authored the study.

“We need a new way to think about the decarbonization challenge and a new means to explore policies and practices that can begin deep, meaningful decarbonization efforts.”

Hoffmann says the challenge with decarbonization is carbon lock-in. There are technological, economic, political and social forces that make the use of fossil energy natural and taken for granted by households, cities, provinces and countries.


It bears repeating: renewables alone won’t end climate crisis

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To [esteemed Canadian energy analyst David] Hughes, the implications are clear: “What this means is that we have to look at downsizing, degrowth, using less. The math doesn’t work to keep the party going with renewables.” Ecologist [William] Rees delivered the same message a week ago in The Tyee.

Note that Hughes is not saying we shouldn’t build lots of renewables. What he is saying is that we need to radically reduce energy consumption and use renewables to actually retire fossil fuel infrastructure. (To date, the evidence shows that we have largely used renewables to consume more energy.)


Green Energy Doors Open & Ontario Energy Symposium

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Green Energy Doors Open happened all across on Ontario from Friday September 21st to Sunday the 23rd. Thank you to all the participants, hosts, partners and sponsors who made this year another success! Despite challenging weather events in some parts of the province, attendees still came out to discover and support renewable energy projects in their communities. Thanks to their dedication we are proving that renewable energy still matters in Ontario. Stay tuned for announcements and news on future events you can be a part of.

On Friday September 21st, OSEA also hosted a critically important symposium about sustainable energy in Ontario: Think Global – Act Local. Over fifty individuals, gathered in downtown Toronto at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre to hear about how OSEA is helping to guide the province into a greener future. The energy in the room was palpable as representatives for several organizations networked and heard from industry leaders. [ more… ]

Ontario shouldn’t abandon its shift to renewable energy

Torontoist / Angela Bischoff / 10 February 2017

Our power planners love nuclear energy, and the nuclear industry insists it is a low-cost source of power. Of course, they don’t add that publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation just applied for an 180 per cent increase in the price it is paid for the power generated by its nuclear plants, or that the aging Pickering Nuclear Station on Toronto’s doorstep has the highest operating costs of any nuclear station in North America, requiring a billion dollars annually to subsidize its operating deficit.

No other jurisdiction in the world outside of France relies as heavily on nuclear power as Ontario. It is an astonishing dependence at a time when costs for renewable sources like wind and solar continue to decline dramatically—but not one that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government seems to be in any hurry to shake.


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