BRREA News and Events


Annual General Meeting Announcement 23 March 2017

The Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association (BRREA) is pleased to announce that we are holding our Annual General Meeting on 23 March 2017 at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall, at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to our members, associate (non-voting) members, and interested members of the public. Only members may vote on resolutions and elect new board members. Several board positions will be open for election or re-election. This has been another eventful year for BRREA, and this is a good opportunity to hear about our progress and ask questions. Our Chair, David Simpson can be reached at david.simpson@brpower.ca or at (613) 269-2466 for additional information on the meeting, election of new Board Members or joining BRREA.




Important BRREA Update, January 2017

In order to sell electricity to the grid, we require a Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract with Hydro One. This contract must be approved by IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator). IESO is an Ontario Crown Corporation under the direction of the Ontario Ministry of Energy. These FIT contracts are awarded through competitive processes held at irregular intervals.

Some background: For IESO's FIT2 competition in 2012 we were rejected by IESO's predecessor Ontario Power Generation (OPG) because there was supposedly no viable connection point nearby for us to connect to, even though the high capacity line we required was already under construction to connect to the huge solar farm almost directly across the road from our dam. For FIT4 in 2015 IESO had applications for significantly more generating capacity than was available in the competition. IESO rejected about two thirds of the applications for minor paperwork issues (one Water Power applicant was rejected for not putting "N/A" on a blank line). Our big error? We submitted a valid, but apparently the wrong document, as proof of our legal entity and name. This was one of the many documents required, each and every one which had to be absolutely perfectly filled out to even qualify for the actual competitive process. Instead of selecting projects based on the value they bring to Ontario and to their communities, IESO is making these important selection decisions based on minor clerical criteria.

Of the hundreds of FIT contracts awarded in FIT1 through FIT4, almost all were for solar projects at up to seven times the going rate for electricity. In FIT1 through FIT3 only one contract was awarded for a waterpower project, and that was a very small project at the going rate. In FIT4 a handful of waterpower projects were awarded contracts at a small premium above the going rate, although the majority of waterpower projects were rejected for paperwork issues unrelated to the merits of the project. The emphasis on solar energy means that Ontario has lots of very expensive electricity on sunny days but is short of electricity from reasonably priced renewable sources at night and on bad weather days. There has been little effort made to diversify Ontario's renewable energy supply with more sources like waterpower or biomass (methane from cow poop) that are available on a 24/7/365 basis.

We have applied again as part of the FIT5 competition in October 2016. As part of the on-line application process we had to select which Transmission Station (TS) we will connect through from IESO's Transmission Availability Table (TAT). The TAT they released for FIT5 shows that the Smiths Falls TS, the one we have to connect through, as well as other TS's throughout Ontario had no available capacity and thus weren't available to select. The Smiths Falls TS is owned and operated by Hydro One, and Hydro One assures us there is plenty of capacity, especially for a small project such as ours.

IESO actually agreed verbally that there is capacity but they don't want to open up that capacity for any more solar or wind FIT contracts. Waterpower, biomass and other renewable energy projects in Eastern Ontario are collateral damage of this policy. The issue, as described by IESO's Director of Renewable Energy Procurement during a meeting with our representatives, is that supply may sometimes exceed demand at the Smiths Falls TS, resulting in "congestion". In our opinion, what this really means is that if all else fails they may have to sell off any excess power for a fraction of the price they paid for it, if it can't be used elsewhere in Ontario, rather than cutting off non-renewable generation in favour of renewable energy generation, which the Government claims to be encouraging.

In discussion with a Hydro One engineer, he confirmed that he had no knowledge of "congestion" at the Smiths Falls TS and even provided us with written confirmation from Hydro One, that capacity for our project was available at the Smiths Falls TS, although he was also careful to point out that IESO has the final word.

Parks Canada, who own our dam site as well as many other dams in the region, and the Ontario Waterpower Association have had meetings with IESO on this TAT availability issue, since it affects many waterpower projects throughout Ontario. IESO's position is that they will not change their policy without direction from the Ontario Energy Ministry.

Our always supportive MPP, Steve Clark, has put us in touch with the Office of the Hon. Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy. The Minister's Renewable Energy Policy Advisor appears to be sympathetic and has been in touch with IESO to clarify the situation. We have had several positive discussions with her.

We are in a Catch-22 situation. IESO will not change their policy without the Ministry's direction; the Ministry so far has not indicated they will give that direction. Our thanks to Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Scott Moffat from the City of Ottawa for contacting the Minister on our behalf, requesting that the Minister intervene with the IESO. We are arranging to meet with the Minister's Policy Advisor and will post another update with the results of that meeting.

It's not over yet.




Burritts Rapids Community Hydro Power Project Open House

Green Energy Doors Open 2016 logo

We had an information event at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall on September 11, 2016 where people learned more about what we are doing to bring micro-hydro generation to this small community on the Rideau. There were guided tours of the nearby dam site at 11:00 and 1:00.

Hydro power provides a low carbon emission energy source of electricity. Existing dam sites offer a viable option to create hydro power with few environmental and social interventions. As new and more efficient technologies become available, small hydro projects are growing in numbers globally and provincially. Time is now to connect and learn more about community-led hydro development.

This event was part of the Green Energy Doors Open 2016 initiative by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.




BRREA Update, July 2016

We've had what we hope is just a temporary setback. We finally heard back from the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) about our application for a Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract, the contract we need to sell our power to the grid. Our application has been rejected on seemingly minor technicalities. The misery is widespread. Many other applications from several other groups for small hydro, solar, wind and other sources were also rejected for relatively minor reasons. One application was rejected for not ticking off a "Not Applicable" box on one of the many forms required for the very complex application process.

We would like to thank Paul Norris and Bill Touzel of the Ontario Waterpower Association for representing us as well as several other projects to IESO in appealing some of these rejections, but IESO would not reconsider.

The FIT contract applications are accepted and issued in a cyclical competitive process. This latest process cycle was referred to as FIT4. It was widely expected that FIT4 would be the last of these competitions due to the oversupply of wind and solar generating capacity. The good news for us is that IESO has announced a FIT5 competition for October. The rules, rates, allocations and other information for FIT5 should be available sometime before the end of July. Needless to say, we will be extra diligent in reviewing our application this time around.

Our permits and agreements with Parks Canada and the Municipality of North Grenville were conditional upon a FIT4 contract. We have had preliminary discussions with them on moving forward to FIT5, and we don't anticipate any problems with this.

We will continue to communicate our progress via the web site, email and Facebook.




BRREA Update, May 2016

We held our Annual General Meeting on 20 April 2016, at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall. The meeting was open to our members, associate (non-voting) members, and interested members of the public. Four board positions were open for election, and with only four candidates the election was acclaimed. This has been a very busy and productive year for BRREA, and those present heard about the progress we've made, the plans for the coming year and the preliminary design of the small hydro project. There were a lot of questions and a great discussion.

We are still waiting to hear from the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to see if we will get a Feed-In-Tariff contract, the contract we need to sell our power to the grid. We are now expecting an answer by the end of July.

The Preliminary Design Alternatives page has been added to compare the different design possibilities for our small hydro project and show the current preferred design.

The Projects page has been updated to reflect the current project information.



BRREA Update, January 2016

The IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) had a couple of hiccups with their current application process for Feed-In-Tariff contracts, the contract we need to sell our power to the grid. We have complied with their requests to help them remediate these hiccups, and now we are waiting to see if we will get a contract. We expect an answer sometime in March or April.

In other news, Parks Canada is working on a project to rehabilitate the earth dams that make up a good part of the Burritts Rapids Island. While this project isn't part of the BRREA Small Hydro Project, it is happening in the same vicinity and the two projects will likely have some effects on each other. To keep our stakeholders informed on the Earth Dam project we have set up an Earth Dam page on our website.



BRREA 2016 Annual General Meeting Announcement

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on 20 April 2016, at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall, at 7:30 pm. The meeting is open to our members, associate (non-voting) members, and interested members of the public. Only members may vote on resolutions and elect new board members. Four board positions will be open for election. This has been a very busy and productive year for BRREA, and this is a good opportunity to hear about our progress and ask questions. Contact our Chair, David Simpson at david.simpson@brpower.ca or at 613-269-2466 for additional information on the meeting, election of new Board Members or joining BRREA.

We are still waiting to hear from the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to see if we will get a Feed-In-Tariff contract, the contract we need to sell our power to the grid. We are now expecting an answer by the end of June.



BRREA Update, January 2016

The IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) had a couple of hiccups with their current application process for Feed-In-Tariff contracts, the contract we need to sell our power to the grid. We have complied with their requests to help them remediate these hiccups, and now we are waiting to see if we will get a contract. We expect an answer sometime in March or April.

In other news, Parks Canada is working on a project to rehabilitate the earth dams that make up a good part of the Burritts Rapids Island. While this project isn't part of the BRREA Small Hydro Project, it is happening in the same vicinity and the two projects will likely have some effects on each other. To keep our stakeholders informed on the Earth Dam project we have set up an Earth Dam page on our website.



Facebook Logo

We have created a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/brrea/ to encourage community discussion around this project.



BRREA Update, November 2015

We have successfully obtained a Survey Permit from Parks Canada. This gives us the permission we need to survey the site at the Burritts Rapids dam and propose a hydro project there. It is also key to obtaining a FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) Contract (a contract to sell power to the grid at a guaranteed rate).

We have also completed the application for a 500kW FIT Contract. This was an extraordinary effort on the part of some of our Board members and volunteers. We now wait for up to 6 months to hear the results of the application.

We have accepted an invitation to do a short presentation and Q&A at the upcoming Burritts Rapids Community Association Annual General Meeting on November 25 from 7 to 9 pm at the Burritts Rapids Community Centre. Please join us there.



BRREA Update, September 2015

This is a short update about recent developments in our effort to develop hydro power in Burritts Rapids. The big news is that the municipality of North Grenville has formally agreed to enter a partnership with BRREA and our hydro developer, Equinox Hydro Inc. To that end, Burritts Rapids Hydro Incorporated (BRHI) was formed late last month, with directors from all three partners forming the board. Our new chair, David Simpson, spearheaded this effort, and spent many hours working with counterparts in North Grenville and Equinox to make it happen.

The first undertaking of BRHI was to submit a Survey Permit application to Parks Canada, which we need to apply for a FIT contract. This application was submitted to Parks Canada on Aug 28. Those of you who have worked on similar applications can appreciate the amount of effort this took on the part of BRREA board members Bob Gaudette and Bob Walker, along with consultant Bill Touzel.

The window for FIT applications is currently scheduled to open from October 5th to 23rd, so our efforts this month will be geared towards working on that application. The FIT contract is an agreement with the Province to pay us a guaranteed amount per kWh over a fixed term (40 years in this case). Since there will be no project without it, a successful application is crucial. If you're interested, you can find out more about the FIT program at Ontario Power Authority (now IESO) Feed In Tariff Program.

The board would like to re-iterate to our membership and other concerned parties that this project is committed to an Environmental Assessment process, and that process will include consultations with the Burritts Rapids community. However, that process could take a while to begin, so in the meantime we are very interested in hearing your input, concerns and questions. Please feel free to contact any of the board members listed on the "BRREA Board" page of this website. We are also planning an information session in October to discuss recent developments, and to present the proposed site design submitted to Parks Canada.

So what is the current timeline? Could we have hydro power soon? Unfortunately no, it will still be a while longer. Currently we anticipate the FIT application process to take about six months, and the entire project hinges on successfully winning a FIT contract. Should we obtain a contract, the Environmental Assessment process could then take up to two years. Project construction could take at least a year. Therefore, it is likely that we would not be up and running for at least three years, possibly four.

In the meantime, BRREA will need to begin shifting its focus from just hydro development to also determining how to advance our mission in Burritts Rapids with proceeds from the project. The current projection is that BRREA will receive $35K per year for the first 20 years of the project, and North Grenville will receive a similar amount. Revenue will be much higher for the 20 years following that. North Grenville has indicated they will allocate a portion of their revenue to be spent in Burritts Rapids. Note that this amount depends on several factors which are still unknown. We look forward to engaging the community in the coming years to work on this interesting challenge.

Again, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.



BRREA Update, June 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - This is a short progress report to provide you with an update regarding what's been going on with our Association since the AGM.

As you may have read in the Phoenix or the North Grenville News, this is shaping up to be a very busy year for BRREA. The past few months have been a flurry of activity, and it looks like we will only get busier as the year goes on. In fact, we have fresh (good) news to report. Last night Board chair David Simpson presented a partnership proposal to the North Grenville Committee of the Whole. They then passed a motion recommending that Council "support in principle the request by the BRREA to form a Partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville for the purposes of developing, operating and sharing revenue from a small a small hydro generating installation at the Burritts Rapids dam site." The North Grenville Council will consider a similar motion on June 22.

Since the FIT (Feed-In Tariff) program rates for hydro projects were nearly doubled last fall, our project has become not only financially viable, but financially desirable. This means the project could create significant benefits for the community. We have been working with several developers and investors interested in partnering with us on the project. Starting in mid-April, we resumed meeting with Parks Canada to clarify requirements for obtaining a Survey Permit, the first step needed in the long road to project completion.

We are currently trying to accomplish three tasks:

The next steps, after obtaining a FIT contract (which is certainly not guaranteed) would be to complete an environmental assessment and community consultation before any design and construction could proceed. This will be an important step, and an opportunity to engage the entire community, and will help to confirm the best turbine for the dam site with a design that meets community needs.

We are very excited about the progress and momentum our project has experienced this spring, and look forward to the next few months. As always, please keep abreast of happenings by visiting the this website or talk with one of the board members. The board is considering hosting a town hall meeting with BRREA members and interested community members once we have a FIT contract. Please let us know what you think.



BRREA 2015 Annual General Meeting

A small but enthusiastic crowd showed up for the Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association's (BRREA) AGM on March 26. The big news of the night was that more than one developer is interested in partnering with BRREA to build a hydro project at the Burritts Rapids dam. This good news is a reversal of fortune after last year's AGM, where a feasibility assessment was presented that showed that such a project was just not financially viable given the then current FIT (Feed In Tariff) rates. A lot changes in year, however, and FIT rates for small hydro projects have increased 75%. This means that a small hydro project could not just produce electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but also provide a revenue stream for community projects.

"The amounts projected are not just enough to cover a new coat of paint for the community hall," board member Michael Harrington commented, "we could potentially look at significant capital projects". Examples proposed included a community micro sewage treatment facility, or communal water supply, as both septic systems and wells have become problematic on the island. The board was hoping to hold a discussion on how to decide what to do with the windfall, but given the small turn out, those present decided that a separate community meeting would be held at a later date on the subject.

Before any revenue can be realized, however, there are still many hurdles to overcome, including finalizing permits with Parks Canada (the previous site permit has expired), applying for and winning a FIT contract, and selecting a development partner. There is also the matter of selecting the right turbine technology for the project. All this entails a large workload for the board in the coming year.

Chair of the board Muffy Koch had previously announced that she would have to step down from the board due to professional commitments that will take her away from Burritts Rapids for significant periods of time. Many thanks to Muffy for her excellent service to BRREA, especially as Board Chair. She will be missed.

Muffy Koch's resignation was effective as of the AGM, leaving one opening on the board. In addition, the terms of three other board members had expired and all of them were running for re-election. Drew Avis was nominated as well. With four openings and four people running, the election was acclaimed. This leaves BRREA with a full board. Several members present also expressed an interest in helping with various tasks.

During the meeting, the board was asked whether anyone in the community was opposed to the project. Board member Bob Walker replied that no one seems opposed to the project as such, though they have received questions via email questioning the functioning of BRREA itself. He then went through a thorough "BRREA Frequently Asked Questions" presentation to answer the submitted questions.

The members present viewed a promotional video prepared by Carleton University students, which is also available on the BRREA website.

Community members who want to learn more about BRREA or who want to catch up on current news are encouraged to visit the website.

Note: At the Board of Directors meeting held on April 1, 2015, the Board agreed that David Simpson would be the new Chair, Bob Gaudette would remain as Treasurer, and Bob Walker would be the Secretary.



Burritts Rapids Community Association 2014 Annual General Meeting

The Burritts Rapids Community Association (BRCA) held their 2014 Annual General Meeting the evening of Wednesday 19 November 2014 at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall. BRREA had a display table at the event with a computer showing the latest version of our website. We also gave a short presentation during the meeting about BRREA, and we showed the latest working version of the video that Carleton University students are doing for us. Thanks to the BRCA for giving us this opportunity.



OPA Releases New FIT-micro FIT Price Schedule

The Ontario Power Authority released a new FIT/microFIT PRICE SCHEDULE effective September 30, 2014 for FIT and January 1, 2015 for microFIT. It includes a new price of 24.6 c/kWH for waterpower projects under 500kW size. This price increase could affect the economic feasibility of small hydropower projects like ours.



GREEN ENERGY DOORS OPEN 2014

BRREA's event for Green Energy Doors Open on October 4 was a great success. Over 35 people attended. Our work to host an informative and up-beat Information Event proved worthwhile. Thanks to all who helped for sharing the work, the experience, and the fun in meeting new people and welcoming long-term supporters. Our information and enthusiasm to move forward our hydro Project was captured on video by students from Carleton University, by reporter Joseph Morin with Metroland newspaper (click here for his story), and other groups from Ottawa , North Grenville and Smith Falls. The weather wasn't the best, but a break in the rain was long enough for several people to enjoy a walking tour to the dam site guided by BRREA volunteers.

Guests and BRREA volunteers at Green Energy Doors Open

Guests and BRREA volunteers at Green Energy Doors Open


Carleton students preparing to make a video

Carleton students preparing to make a video



GREEN ENERGY DOORS OPEN 2014

YOU ARE INVITED !

COMMUNITY HYDRO POWER DEVELOPMENT

An opportunity to LEARN - CONNECT - PARTICIPATE

BURRITT'S RAPIDS COMMUNITY HYDRO POWER PROJECT

Saturday October 4th from 10:30am to 2pm

Burritt's Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville Street, Burritt's Rapids

This information event at the Burritt's Rapids Community Hall, 23 Grenville Street, is ongoing from 10:30am to 2pm. Guided tours to the nearby dam site for proposed hydro power will be offered from 11am to noon, and from 1 to 2pm.

This event is part of the provincial "Green Energy Doors Open 2014," an annual, single-day showcase of the province-wide green energy economy hosted by The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.

The Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association (BRREA) is hosting displays and will provide opportunities for conversations with experts about the production of small hydro power from the rivers flowing through our communities.

Hydro power provides a low carbon emission energy source of electricity. Existing dam sites offer a viable option to create hydro power with few environmental and social interventions. As new and more efficient technologies become available, small hydro projects are growing in numbers globally and provincially. Time is now to connect and learn more about community-led hydro development.

Come with family members (young and old), neighbours, water power entrepreneurs and other interested individuals to discuss the latest in small hydro power development and the status of the Burritt's Rapids Community Hydro Power Project. Bring your questions and ideas. We will supply hot and cold drink, time to talk, displays, and tours to the proposed hydro power site.

For even more information: http://greenenergydoorsopen.ca/events/burrittsrapids2014/


BRREA's 2014 Annual General Meeting

Our thanks to the 13 members, two interested people and 8 visitors who joined us on Friday, 11th April 2014 at the Burritt's Rapids Community Hall for the BRREA AGM. This project is all about the community and it is heartening to get support from the members. The evening started with a meet-and-greet over coffee and eats and the business began promptly at 7pm.

Chair Muffy Koch introduced the board members and welcomed the visitors. The Minutes of the last meeting were presented by Mary Hegan and approved. The Annual Report was presented by Cameron Duff and approved. This report covered the activities of the last year which focused on the investigation of ways to develop the dam site hydro project as a financially viable project. Patrick Gonneau presented the 2013 Financial Report on behalf of Bob Gaudette and this was approved with the addition of the opening bank balance for 2013.

Our guest speaker, Fred Ferguson for Waterotor Energy Technologies, and his team, presented the in-river Waterotor turbine and discussed its testing, performance and potential for private homeowners on river waterfront. This generated quite a few questions and discussion. From the team's experience, one observation to bear in mind is that the theoretical best energy output calculated for hydro projects is seldom reached in practice.

The visitors from Carleton University, Prof. Lisa Meyer and a three engineering graduates, discussed their plans for summer research that would include BRREA.

The elections for BRREA Board members took place under the guidance of the Nominations Chair, Patrick Gonneau. The Board members still in position for 2014 are David Simpson and Michael Harrington. Patrick Gonneau and Cameron Duff resigned their positions. Mary Hegan, Bob Gaudette and Muffy Koch were up for re-election. This left 5 places open for the election and four nominations were received: Marianne Fizet, Mary Hegan, Bob Gaudette and Muffy Koch. These members were appointed as Board members by acclimation. The Board appointed officers at their first meeting on 22 April 2014 and this information is posted on the website. The Chair presented Patrick Gonneau and Cameron Duff with certificates of appreciation for all the work they contributed to BRREA over many years.

The meeting ended and informal discussions continued for quite a while, indicating that interesting information had triggered many brain cells.

Please join us next year to hear an update on the dam hydro project and get feedback on the Carleton University summer research. We welcome more hands on the Board and in the working groups, so please consider joining our team. The work is interesting and very relevant to our hamlet!


Presentation of the Annual Report at the AGM

Mary Hegan presents the minutes of the last meeting



Notice of the 2014 Annual General Meeting

The Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association will hold its AGM at 7 pm on Friday, 11th April 2014 at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall. Tea and coffee will be served from 6.30 pm. Please join the BRREA Board for the AGM.

This meeting offers everyone a chance to learn more about the activities of the Association and the Burritts Rapids Community Hydro Power Project. It will provide an opportunity for your comments and for discussion with community members. Information on a locally developed turbine for in-river generation of hydro by private home owners will be provided.

The AGM will include an election of Board members in accordance with the BRREA bylaws. The Board is specifically looking to fill 2 vacant board member positions and welcomes the nomination of new board members who must be members of BRREA. Please consider volunteering for this challenging and exciting community project. Nominations for Board members should be seconded by a BRREA member and forwarded to Patrick Gonneau, Chair of the Nomination Committee, at pgonneau@brpower.ca , by 10 April 2014.

BRREA members are eligible to vote in this election. If you know of someone who wishes to become a member before the AGM, please ask them to send their name, physical address and request to Muffy Koch at mkoch@brpower.ca by 10 April 2014.

Contact Muffy Koch, Chair of BRREA Board, for details on the AGM and BRREA membership at mkoch@brpower.ca

We would like to see you there! Your input and ideas are always welcome and we are encouraged by the support we have from the community.



BRREA Update

Since the AGM in March 2013 the Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association (BRREA) board has continued its work to investigate options that will make the community hydro project financially viable and environmentally sound for the village.

Discussions with Parks Canada have helped clarify the role they play regarding use of their land and facilities, as well as the environmental safeguards and approvals normally required for projects such as this on the Rideau system. The BRREA contract with the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation ended successfully this year.

A group of experienced people attended a brainstorming session with the BRREA board in July 2013 to detail opportunities to be pursued. Out of this discussion came a list of actions to reduce the cost of the project, increase revenue from the project and help the board maintain its momentum as it works through the identified activities.

In August 2013 the Board submitted recommendations for the Ontario Long-Term Energy Policy based on our experience with the Burritts Rapids dam site and the findings of the contracted engineering feasibility study. We recommended that the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) rate afforded to projects at dams with a very low drop (less than 3m) must be higher, more in line with other technologies such as solar, and based on height of the drop ("head"), not on kW capacity. This adjustment in FIT policy is needed to help projects with very low dams become financially viable. There was subsequently a small increase in FIT Hydro rates.

BRREA heard mid-year that its FIT proposal submitted in 2012 was not one of the successful applications, based on insufficient capacity in the grid. However, it has now been confirmed that there is sufficient capacity and BRREA has been encouraged to reapply.

Since the AGM, two companies have expressed an interest in partnering with BRREA to investigate the dam site for a small hydro project. This reinforces that there is potential for a financially viable community hydro project at Burritts Rapids. Developing working relationships with potential developers is an ongoing task for the Board.

BRREA continues to be encouraged by the support it receives from the Ottawa and North Grenville municipalities and will investigate with them opportunities for affordable capital to reduce the costs of building a small hydro facility at the dam.

A dialogue with Carleton University was initiated to explore ways in which this project might be advanced with the help of their faculty and students, in return providing the university students with a valuable opportunity for hands on experience.

Each of these activities takes time and effort and we encourage our members to consider joining the board or working with board members to keep pushing closer to our goal - a viable small hydro project that will benefit the community and the environment.

Season's greetings from the BRREA Board.


BRREA's 2013 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to the Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association AGM on 20 March 2013 - we really appreciate your interest and support.

The BRREA Board members elected for the year ahead are: Cameron Duff, Bob Gaudette, Patrick Gonneau, Michael Harrington, Mary Hegan, Muffy Koch and David Simpson. The board will nominate the chairperson at their first meeting after the AGM.

Genivar's presentation of the findings of the feasibility studies carried out at the dam site generated a lot of discussion. Some very good suggestions were given by those in attendance. The Board will investigate all of these as we move forward. Please continue to share your ideas and suggestions with us. You can email ideas to them at info@brpower.ca.

Attached is the Annual Report and the Executive Summary of the Genivar feasibility studies on the dam site.

Presentation of the Annual Report

Presentation of the Annual Report


Genivar's presentation at the AGM

Genivar's presentation at the AGM



Notice of the 2013 Annual General Meeting

The Burritts Rapids Renewable Energy Association will hold its AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th March 2013 at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall. Tea and coffee will be served from 7pm. Please join the BRREA Board for the AGM and invite your friends and neighbours to join us as well.

This meeting offers everyone a chance to learn more about the activities of the Association and the Burritts Rapids Community Hydro Power Project. It will provide an opportunity for your comments and for discussion with community members.

Since the last AGM in March 2012 the Board has completed the engineering studies that will help define the details for developing the site and the preferred technology for generating power. A summary of these findings will be presented at the AGM.

The AGM will include an election of four Board members in accordance with the BRREA bylaws. The Board welcomes the nomination of new board members, who must be members of BRREA before the AGM. Nominations for Board members must be proposed and seconded by BRREA members and forwarded to Juri Wallner, Nomination Chair, by calling him ( 613-269-2809 ) or by email ( wallner@diversia.ca ). Nominations must reach Juri by 18 March 2013. Please consider volunteering for this challenging and exciting community project.

BRREA members are eligible to vote in this election. If you know of someone who wishes to become a member before the AGM, please ask them to send their name, physical address and request to Muffy Koch: mkoch@brpower.ca by 18 March 2013.

Contact Mary Hegan, Chair of BRREA Board, for details about the AGM and BRREA membership by email at mhegan@brpower.ca.

We would like to see you there! Your input and ideas are always welcome and we are encouraged by the support we have from the community.


23 January 2013 - Contribution from the Eastern Ontario Development Plan

It is timely for us to announce the contribution BRREA received from the Eastern Ontario Development Plan through the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation. Attached is the press release from GCFDC.

The contribution is being used by BRREA to pay for:

1. The engineering feasibility studies at the dam site. These will be completed next month.

2. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance, which is a requirement to receive the contribution.

3. The submission of a Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) application, which will allow BRREA to sell electricity to the grid.

With this funding BRREA has been able to push ahead with the community project to generate electricity at the dam site.

Picture of cheque presentation

Cheque Presentation (From left: Vice-Chair Community Futures Development Corporation Norie Spence, MP for Leeds-Grenville Gord Brown, Acting Chair of the BRREA David Simpson, City of Ottawa Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt and North Grenville Mayor David Gordon)

Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation

This project is funded in part by the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation

Canada's Economic Action Plan

Supported by the Government of Canada through
the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario



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