Keynote Presentation by Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy
Keynote presentation by the Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Energy at the Green Connection and Community Power Award Ceremony on Monday, November 14, 2011.
The networking green event celebrated the presentation of 5 Community Power Awards at the Steam Whistle Brewery.
The awards were presented by Kristopher Stevens, the Executive Director of OSEA.The 2011 award winners are:
Community Power Leader
Award winner: Mike Brigham, President of TREC Solar Share
International Community Power Leader
Award winner: Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association, Secretary General, since WWEA's foundation in 2001
Urban Community Power Leader
Award winner: Farrah Khan, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Aboriginal Community Power Leader
Award winner: Byron LeClair, Director of Community Development, Pic River First Nation
Rural Community Power Leader
Award Winner: Don McCabe, Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's 3rd Annual Community Power Conference: Community Energy - More than Power was held at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The green energy sector in Ontario has been threatened by uncertainty in recent months due to the provincial election and the highly anticipated Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) review. Developers, manufacturers, government and investors are concerned about what may happen to the industry, their projects and businesses. Residents and communities are concerned whether clean air and water, newfound well paying jobs, local project ownership and hope, will be yanked from underneath them. Ontario's green energy sector is entering its next pase and it is yet unknown what this new chapter will look like and how industry participants and communities will operate in the new climate.
This year's conference brought the community and commercial power sustainable energy sector together to discuss the FIT review, Green Energy Ontario 2.0, and practical training on how to drive community-led and community-commercial project partnerships.