Proposed Bylaw Change

As the renewable energy landscape evolves in Ontario, OREC is continuously seeking to adapt to enable community ownership of clean energy projects.  In pursuit of this goal, the OREC Board of Directors has explored the acquisition and development of projects outside of the Eastern Ontario region.

While OREC’s bylaws do not preclude project development outside this region, only those living in Eastern Ontario are able to join the OREC as members and invest. In keeping with the co-operative’s core principles, the Board is proposing a change to Bylaw 1a) that would allow those living close to these projects to join and invest in OREC, and in doing so become co-owners of these wind turbines. To change OREC’s bylaws, a Special General Meeting is required. Please see details of this meeting below:

When: Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Should this bylaw change pass, OREC’s Board of Directors and staff will continue to focus on local project opportunities. In collaboration with our sister co-operative, CoEnergy Co-operative, OREC remains committed to its vision of a 100% renewable energy future.

The proposed bylaw change would lead to the following changes:

Current bylaw

1.a) Membership

Membership is open to individuals over the age of 16 who reside in Eastern Ontario and have completed the required application form and paid the Membership fee. Eastern Ontario is defined as the City of Ottawa and the counties of Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Lanark, Renfrew, Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington.

Proposed change

1.a) Membership

Membership is open to individuals over the age of 16 who reside in Eastern Ontario or in counties or municipalities in Ontario where the Co-op is pursuing or developing projects, and have completed the required application form and paid the Membership fee. Eastern Ontario is defined as the City of Ottawa and the counties of Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Lanark, Renfrew, Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington.