Tag Archives: cooperative

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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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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Community Ownership of Renewable Energy and the Distributed Electrical Grid

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Written by: Dick Bakker, OREC Board Member Electricity distribution systems are changing around the world and community ownership is playing a significant part of this evolution. How are these two trends related?   Most people think of an investment in a renewable energy cooperative (like the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative – OREC) as a financial vote for alternative energy; an investment …

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Tour: Learning from German Co-op Sector

OREC has been very fortunate to have Dr Andreas Wieg, German Renewable Energy Co-op expert, join us for a whirlwind tour of Ontario. During his week here he has inspired audiences from Parliament Hill to Carleton University, from Ecology Ottawa to Queens Park. In case you missed seeing him present, you can find his presentation slides about the German renewable …

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