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Save the date - April 3-4 - for the next Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) Conference!  It will be held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel (previously the Delta). The conference committee is working on an exciting speaker line-up, which will include several industry and government leaders with the latest news on government support, technology research and new partnerships to advance geothermal. More event information is coming soon!

NEW PRESIDENT

Congratulations to Stanley Reitsma who was appointed President of the Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) at its Board of Directors meeting in December. Stan is a long-time member of the OGA Board, has been CEO of GeoSource Energy for 15 years, holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Master’s degree in Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

OGA also congratulates and thanks Jim Bolger who has been President for the past four years and will remain on the Board as Past President. Under his leadership, the OGA made numerous positive strides including the recognition of geothermal heating under Cap and Trade and the development of the GreenOn Program, and also the affiliation of the OGA with HRAI, synergies from which have benefited both organizations.

Jim, Stan and Martin Luymes (HRAI) also worked toward recognition from the Ontario Energy Board of geothermal as an alternative to ratepayer-based expansion of gas into rural areas. This led to a Memorandum of Understanding with Enbridge Inc., which is expected to be renewed.

The Board praised Jim Bolger’s efforts, and thanked him for his service, described by Board Member Ron Wright as “countless hours and dedication to advancing our industry.” Jim said he expects that “Stan is going to do a fantastic job. We’ve agreed that periodic renewal is a good idea. We need a new perspective every once in a while, and I have full confidence that with Stan, the organization is in good hands.”

Meanwhile, as Chair of the selection committee, Jim Bolger is looking for volunteers or suggestions for the post of Vice-President. Member ratification of changes will be proposed at the Ontario Geothermal Annual Meeting in 2019.

ADVOCACY

HRAI/OGA has been in discussion with a variety of government representatives about support and advancement of geothermal heating and cooling. Discussions are also continuing with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) regarding the evolution of its programs.