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Ontario and Quebec Announce New Electricity Trade Agreement

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in In the News, Policy, Renewables | 0 comments

Ontario and Quebec Announce New Electricity Trade Agreement

Repost from Sussex Strategy Ontario and Quebec Announce New Electricity Trade Agreement  Premiers Wynne and Couillard announced a new Agreement to trade electricity, energy capacity and energy storage between the two provinces.  The stated purpose of the Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making electricity more affordable and reliable for Ontarians. The Agreement between Hydro Québec and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) contains the following key elements: Hydro-Québec will provide, for a...

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SB-12 Updates are Here! Amended July 7, 2016

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in In the News, Policy, Residential | 0 comments

SB-12 Updates are Here! Amended July 7, 2016

  First off we wanted to thank everyone who submitted comments to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) regarding Drain Water Heat Recovery’s (DWHR) removal from the 2017 Draft SB-12 version. As amended July 7, 2016, Drain water heat recovery units are now a mandatory requirement for all prescriptive compliance packages.      Supplementary Standard SB-12 (2017) Supplementary Standard SB-12 to the 2012 Building Code – Energy Efficiency for Housing – has been amended to include: new prescriptive...

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Ontario Government Releases Climate Change Action Plan

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in In the News, Leadership | 0 comments

Ontario Government Releases Climate Change Action Plan

This article was originally published by Sussex Strategy Group at http://sussex-strategy.com    Today, the Ontario government released the much anticipated Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan at an announcement that included Premier Wynne, Minister Murray, Minister Chiarelli, Minister Del Duca, and Minister Duguid.  It is a comprehensive approach to help business and individuals transition to a low-carbon economy.  The Plan outlines specific programs and initiatives that could total $8.3B over five years, and reduce greenhouse gas...

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Setting the Record Straight on Ontario’s Green Energy Plan

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in In the News, Policy, Renewables | 2 comments

Setting the Record Straight on Ontario’s Green Energy Plan

The following blog was originally posted on Huffington Post. Its appearance on Mindscape Innovations is not an endorsement of that company. Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. For more information visit environmentaldefence.ca   Setting The Record Straight On Ontario’s Green Energy Plan Author: Keith Brooks, Clean Economy Director, Environmental Defence. Posted: 05/03/2016 5:59 pm EDT Updated: 05/03/2016 5:59 pm EDT I’ve worked for many years on environment and energy...

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SB-12 Updates Are Coming – Feedback Needed

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in In the News, Policy, Residential, Uncategorized | 3 comments

SB-12 Updates Are Coming – Feedback Needed

DWHR Removed from SB-12 (2017) – Comments Due March 11 By Kyle Anders Action Alert: This announcement is for builders of low-rise housing. This is a technical update, and it will impact your projects financially, so we encourage you read thoroughly and take action to have your say before the deadline next Friday.   Deadline for Comments: Friday March 11, 2016 The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is working to finalize the next version of the Supplementary Standard SB-12 (2017). SB-12 is the standard that...

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Two Green Trends Worth Watching

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in In the News, Policy, Renewables, Residential | 0 comments

Two Green Trends Worth Watching

By Daljit Basan:   CaGBC’s Green Building in Canada: Assessing the Marketing Impacts and Opportunities  The CaGBC released a key market  impact report with The Delphi Group titled Green Building in Canada: Assessing the Market Impacts & Opportunities, which details the wide economic impact that the green building industry has had in Canada over the past decade. Among its many findings, the report finds that, when indirect and induced contributions are included, the overall economic impact of Canada’s LEED projects...

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Five Things To Expect in 2016

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Mindscape, Policy, Renewables, Residential | 4 comments

Five Things To Expect in 2016

Times, They Are A-Changing! By Derek Satnik: Every year at Mindscape we like to sit down and look ahead at what we think might happen. You could call it planning strategically, but part of it is certainly that we just love to dream about how we can help continue to change the world.  We’ve had a couple rough years for energy and the environment in Canada, but 2016 promises to be an exciting year. Here’s a bit of what we expect:   Five Things To Expect in 2016   1) CHBA Supports Net-Zero The Canadian Home Builder’s...

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Ten Years of Impact

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Holidays, Leadership, Mindscape | 4 comments

Ten Years of Impact

The Mindscape Legacy By Derek Satnik   Reflections Mindscape was founded on Dec. 21, 2005, and this year marks our 10th anniversary. Anniversaries offer a special opportunity to sit back and take stock of the successes and failures of the last chapter in your story, so we’ve been thinking a lot about the impact that Mindscape has had, and I’m grateful to say that it’s been a lot larger than we ever thought it would be. In 2005 I was sitting with my dear friend and not-yet business partner Bryan Taylor at a Christmas...

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Trudeau Government- Changes in Energy Policies

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in In the News, Leadership, Policy | 0 comments

Trudeau Government- Changes in Energy Policies

By: Sussex Strategy Group During the recent election campaign Prime Minister Trudeau created a clear differentiation between himself and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, particularly when he committed to a significant set of policies that focused on clean, green, and renewable energy. For provinces that are already heavily invested in these areas, it is validation of their approach by the new federal government and support to stay the course despite mounting pressure due to increased electricity prices and volatility in the oil patch. It...

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The Climate Change Hoax (pt 2): Carbon, Cynics, and Conspiracies

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Policy, Renewables | 0 comments

The Climate Change Hoax (pt 2): Carbon, Cynics, and Conspiracies

By Derek Satnik. (This is Part 2 of a multi-part article. Refer to Part 1 here.) The Carbon Quandry Political debates on climate change have focused, for right or wrong, on Carbon, which has been rather tragically abused in the debate on climate change. Carbon is one of the most basic elements of life, so it is abundantly present in the natural environment and can readily be measured. Al Gore is loved by some and hated by others for his documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth“, which popularized Carbon as a metric for climate...

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