"Making sure that we generate enough energy to meet society's growing energy consumption sustainably is one challenge, but there is another hurdle we must overcome. As the population continues to grow, so does the task of making sure that the energy gets to where it needs to go. In response, utilities have begun modernizing their electricity transmission and distribution systems. Smart meters and data analytics technology have paved the way to more dynamic solutions for demand and supply. These upgrades will help meet the needs of an increasingly numerous and complex clientele." 

Meet Tim, a sustainable homeowner and father of 3 young boys. Tim began the transformation of his 2-story Toronto home in 2007, when he first installed a solar thermal system to heat his water supply. This alone was able to help Tim cut his hot water bill in half.

In 2009, when Tim secured a micro-FIT contract with the Province of Ontario allowing him to generate and sell power back to the grid, he installed a 15 panel, 3.2 kW solar PV array on the roof of his house. In 2010, he continued to transform his home into a self-sufficient unit by installing solar-powered fans in the attic to help regulate the temperature, and is now able to generate one third of his home's annual energy needs.

Through these experiences, Tim has naturally become an expert in residential solar power and an environmental leader within his community. He has consulted for many of his friends, colleagues and neighbours on solar installations for their own homes, and strangers will often stop and talk about his solar home project. Through speaking engagements at his local elementary school, Tim has been able to educate teachers, parents, and children about renewable energy, energy literacy and the importance of sustainable living. Tim feels that he is a catalyst for renewable energy, and hopes to demystify any misunderstandings that people may have about it.

"The fight for sustainability is being fought extensively in Canada by various for-profit and non-profit organizations. To recognize these organizations for their contributions in Canadian economic development, job creation, and prosperity, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) shines a spotlight on their achievements during the annual Power Prosperity Awards Dinner.

In 1973, E.F. Schumacher coined the term "small is beautiful," and in light of today's climate crisis, this is truer than ever.

The good news is, when it comes to our energy needs, we already have the knowledge and technology to build small (and beautiful) through decentralised energy (DE) systems – i.e., electricity and thermal power that is generated close to the customer. But as we transition to a cleaner, smarter decentralised energy infrastructure, there are challenges that we must overcome, from conveying the benefits to decision makers to demonstrating the cost savings to end users. Quite simply, we've had it so good for so long and most people just aren't aware that there is a better way to generate power.

As Jim Kuellmer describes, Ontario's Bruce Peninsula is a place where people tend to be self-reliant. It's not surprising, then, that a growing movement in the area has people going off-grid by conserving energy and heat and producing electricity locally – right on their property, in fact."

"The Children's Teaching Kitchen puts sustainability first. Located in beautiful High Park, Toronto, the municipally-owned eco-friendly building is home to the Children's Eco Programs –