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> June 1st, 2006

Corporate subsciption to Enjeux-ÉNERGIE

While maintaining our free charge individual subscription, hereafter Enjeux-ÉNERGIE asks companies and institutions whose employees and members are regular readers of the bulletin to register as corporate subscribers. We would like to thank our first corporate subscribers: Environment Canada, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin s.e.n.c.r.l., the ministère du Développement durable et des parcs du Québec and Desjardins.

This option allows the subscriber to use Enjeux-ÉNERGIE as an internal communication tool while participating to its funding.

Click HERE to access the corporate subscription form (French only).

Please contact Alexis Beauchamp at (514) 849-6357 or beauchamp@centrehelios.org for further information.

> May 15, 2006

The Helios Centre nominated for a Phénix de l’environnement

The Centre is proud to announce the nomination of Enjeux-ÉNERGIE at the 2006 Phenix de l'environnement in the education / communication category.

Each year, 14 Phénix are awarded to sustainable development actors for their distinguished actions. The Ministère du Développement durable, de l'environnement et des parcs, ministères du Développement économique, de l'innovation et de l'exportation, RECYC - Québec, Collecte sélective Québec, Fondation québécoise en environnement and Desjardins.

Enjeux-ÉNERGIE is now beggining its fifth year and the nomination is a great sign of acknowledgement from our readers and the energy and climate change community.

The awards will be handed out during the gala that will be held a the Albert-Rousseau auditorium in Quebec city on June 8.

> Mai 15, 2006

Enjeux-ÉNERGIE in HTML format!

The Helios Centre innovates and presents, in addition to its original PDF format version, a new version of Enjeux-ÉNERGIE in HTML format. Click HERE to access the latest issue in the format you like.

> April 20, 2006

The Helios Centre participates to an international symposium organised by CEDRIE

Philip Raphals, Executive Director, and Luis Salgado, climate change analyst, will be lecturer for the International symposium entitled Le Protocole de Kyoto : quel bilan un an après ? and organised by the CEDRIE (Centre de Développement de la Recherche Internationale en Environnement of Université de Montréal).

The symposium will be held at Université de Montréal and will gather Canadian and European climate change experts.

Mr. Raphals will give a lecture on the state of the Joint implementation mechanism, one of the three flexible mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol, while Mr. Salgado will discuss the role of developing countries in the climate change regime, using the example of Peru.

Entrance is free. For more information:

> March 31, 2006

The Helios Centre in Peru

On March 12 and 13, the Helios Centre participated to the sixth UNFCCC international workshop on Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in Lima, Peru.

Luis Salgado, climate change analyst at the Centre, presented the Center's perspectives on LULUCF. He also contributed the formulation of a common proposal for Latin America on mechanisms for reducing deforestation. The proposal will be presented at the upcoming Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) meeting that will be held in May.

> March 10, 2006

Renewable energy for Quebec's northern communities

Hydro-Québec has commissioned Philip Raphals, Director of the Helios Centre to report on the technological and economic state of advancement of the renewable sources of energy that could eventually be used to supply energy to Québec's far to reach regions. Hydro-Québec wants to reduce the use of diesel fuel and promote the onsite production of electricity.

Internal and external ressources from the Centre are assisting Philip Raphals. Martin Tampier and Søren Krohn are experts amongst them.

> February 16, 2006

Our Climate Change team has a new member

The Helios Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Luis Salgado as climate change analyst. Mr Salgado, a professional forestry engineer, was part of the Peruvian team of negotiators in application of the Kyoto Protocol. He is an internationally recognized expert of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

This week, Mr Salgado will meet with other CDM experts at a workshop organised by the IETA (International Emissions Trading Association) to be held in Cartagena of the Indies, Colombia. He will lecture on the concept of additionality.

> January 20, 2006

The Helios Centre in mourning

Rodrigo Fernando Contreras F., member and Secretary of the Board of directors of the Helios Centre since 2004, died on January 8, 2006 at the age of 35. Rodrigo was a lawyer associated with the Franklin Gertler firm in Montreal and specialized in commercial and corporate law. He worked with aboriginal communities, small and medium companies, citizen's groups and NGOs. Rodrigo contributed with passion and energy to the development of the Helios Centre. He will be missed enormously.

All of us at the Helios Centre offer our condolences to his family and friends. We would also like to thank those who responded to the Contreras' family invitation and made generous donations to the Helios Centre in memory of Rodrigo.

> November 28, 2005

Welcome to the New ENERGY and CLIMATE Observer,the English language version of Enjeux-ÉNERGIE / Enjeux-CLIMAT. Published by the Hélios Centre since 2002, our online newsletter offers concise and timely information about energy and climate change issues in Canada and in the rest of the world. It is distributed online free of charge. On the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal, printed copies of both English and French versions will be available at the Conference site.

We hope you will enjoy our first edition of the New ENERGY and CLIMATE Observer. Its future depends upon the interest expressed by readers and sponsors. Please let us know what you think, what you like and what we could do better. To subscribe, send an e-mail to neco@centrehelios.org, or follow the links on our website.

Interested sponsors are invited to contact us at : (514) 849-7900.

> November 24, 2005

The Helios Center is proud to announce two publications related to the Montreal Conference on climate change.

Navigating the COP/MOP : A Guide to the COP/MOP Process guides all participants to the Conference through the new decision-making process for climate change negotiations ; it provides factual information about the process as well as pratical and useful tips about the where, when and how.

Mettre en place une Autorité nationale désignée pour le MDP : Pourquoi et Comment ? was written for the benefit of French speaking developing countries to provide clear guidelines for setting up a DNA as well as for all organizations involved with Clean Development Mechanism (CDP) projects locally. It will be launched at the French Speaking Meeting on December 1, and available henceforth.

This guide is only available in French.

> November 3, 2005

A lecture series and the Montreal Conferrence

The Helios Centre is presently developing, together with the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec (RNCREQ), a series of lectures on climate change issues and on and about the Montreal Conferrence. These lectures will be given to local and municipal representatives and will stress the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The lectures will be given in 10 regions throughout the Province.

> October 12, 2005

Helena Olivas and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun have prepared a guide to the Meeting of Parties (MOP 1) to the Kyoto Protocol scheduled to start in Montreal on November 28, with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). MOP 1 will be held in conjunction with the 11th Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Published in French, English and Spanish, the guide aims to provide useful information to all participants, to reveal the technical aspects of the process involved in international negotiations. It will be distributed to some 10,000 delegates and NGO representatives as well as to the media.

> September 22, 2005

In partnership with the Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEEF), the Helios Centre is preparing a guide to help developing countries to set up a Designated National Authority (DNA), the only way to host projects under the Clean Developement Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

Ms Helena Olivas, Helios' Director for climate change, has called on a group of experts in the field, particularly in Latin America.

The guide will be published at the end of November when the Montreal Conference takes place.

> August 3, 2005

CDM courses in Spanish

The Helios Centre and the Earth Council Learning Center will jointly develop two Spanish courses of lectures on the CDM of the Kyoto Protocol. Helena Olivas, Helios' Director for climate change will prepare and give the classes to Spanish speaking countries interested in better understanding this mechanism and developing CDM projects.

The Earth Council was founded in 1992 by Maurice Strong, on the occasion of the Rio Conference. Its mission is to promßote sustainable development in local communities.

> July 14, 2005

The Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE) has just published the results of a study of competitive markets in North America. The authors are Philip Raphals, Helios' Director general and Peter Bradford, former President of the States of New York and Maine regulatory agencies.

The study adresses the Canadian and American markets and the way they are regulated. It pays particular attention to the public interest. The study is also part of a project on renewable energies in the public sector and its sustainable management.

The study is available HERE

> June 22, 2005

Wind power study

Philip Raphals, Director general of the Helios Centre presented The Quebec Energy Board with the results of his study on the impact of adding wind power energy to the existing HQ Distribution HQD) network. The analysis was based on the 2004 hourly demand for electricity and the wind power in the Gaspé peninsula. It illustrates a high correlation between the two factors, indicating that the intermittancy usually associated with wind power would not have created distribution problems, particularly given the fact that wind power producers hold heritage (or "Patrimonial") contracts with HQP (Production). Hence, the study suggests a review of the need for a "balance contract" according to which HQP would obtain the wind energy and, in exchange for a fee, would provide firm energy to HQD.

The study, part of the Régie du Plan d'aprovisionnement d'HQD, is available HERE

> June 9, 2005

Welcome to our new Editor

Colleen Thorpe has joined the Helios Centre as Chief Editor for Enjeux-énergie and Enjeux-climat. She replaces Jean-Sébastien Trudel who has gone back full time to his Master's degree on life cycles. We thank him for his contribution.

Colleen Thorpe has more than 10 years of experience in journalism here and in Germany. She has worked as a consultant on environment issues and in communications and is currently putting the final touches to her Master's programme in environment at the University of Sherbrooke. Colleen will pursue and further develop the energy questions and concerns this newsletter brings to you.

> May 25, 2005

A new Report

At the request of the Federal Government's Commission on the Eastmain-1-A - Rupert deviation hydroelectric project, Philip Raphals, Helios' Director general, has evaluated Hydro-Quebec' impact study that gives it the green light. Mr. Raphals' work will help the Commission decide whether or not the promotor has provided accurate and sufficient information for a clear and objective decision. The Report is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Click HERE.

> April 18, 2005

Enjeux-énergie adds a new section

The Helios Centre is proud to present this landmark issue. A new section on Climate changes has been added to complement our ongoing energy concerns.

Enjeux-ClIMAT is published by the Helios Centre in collaboration with the Centre québécois d'actions sur les changements climatiques. Il will be added free of charge to the online edition of Enjeux-énergie.

> March 31st, 2005

New on the WEB

Helios is proud to announce it has added a new section to its Internet site. The section is called Climate Changes and addresses issues related to the Kyoto Protocol, CDM projects, the carbon market and climate change regulations. This is made possible thanks to our new Director for climate change, Ms. Helena Olivas. She will also be relying on the contribution of Christiana Figueres and Svetlana Morozova.

Our Board of Directors also gained new members. You are invited to visit our web site on a regular basis to find out more about our projects and publications.

> March 9, 2005

The Helios Centre has presented its Memorandum on the future of energy in Quebec

Our Director general, Philip Raphals has taken the opportunity of a large public consultation on the energy future of Quebec to present a Memorandum to the Commisssion on March 1st.

Mr. Raphals tackled concerns such as the reliability of the supply of electricity, the economic feasibility of past and future exports, local production of electricity and a review of the regulatory process.

The memorandum is available online at the Quebec National Assembly site.

> February 16, 2005

The Helios Centre has a new Director

We are honored and pleased to welcome Ms. Helena Olivas as Director for climate change. Ms. Olivas was Program Director of the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas, in Washington D.C. before becoming an expert on climate change at SNC-Lavallin Environnement. Ms. Olivas holds a Masters degree in International Development and the Environment from the American University of Washington and speaks three languages fluently.

The Centre wishes to acknowledge the contribution of the FAQDD, the RISQ and the Centre Sud/Plateau Mont-Royal CLD for their help in securing this position.

> november 5th 2003

Helios Centre selected to advise on electricity restructuring in Latin America

Following a call for tenders by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the University of Calgary, the Helios Centre was selected to evaluate the impacts of electricity restructuring on North American consumers and to propose policy guidelines regarding the regulation of energy markets. It will carry out the project in collaboration with Peter Bradford of Bradford Brook Associates and the firm of Scott Hempling, Attorney at Law.

This project is part of a larger Sustainable Energy Project intended to strengthen public-sector reform, support the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources of Latin America and the Caribbean through capacity building and sustainable energy policies.

> October 22nd 2003

The Helios Centre publishes a new paper in its Cahier de l'énergie series

The Helios Centre invites you to download the latest Cahier de l'énergie, entitled "Gas Turbines and Renewable Energy: Comparing Apples to Apples" (French version only).

The paper stems from research conducted by three Californian experts into the methodology used to compare the costs of these two power generation options. The paper concludes that current practice neglects to account for the financial risks associated with future natural gas commodity prices, thus providing an unfair advantage to gas plants. The conclusions should be of concern for those involved in analyzing bids into electricity RFPs, among other situations.

To receive future Cahiers (free)

> October 8th 2003

Helios Centre provides input for nuclear waste management initiative

The Helios Centre is participating in an important study lead by the Nuclear Waste Management Society (NWMS), the organisation mandated by the Parliament of Canada to elaborate principles, regulation and programs to manage radioactive waste from nuclear combustion in Canada.

The Assistant Director of the the Helios Centre, Philip Raphals, takes part in a working group aimed at elaborating a set of medium and long term scenarios to guide the NWMS in its evaluation of approaches to nuclear waste management.

> September 24th 2003

Helios Centre to evaluate CDM potential and opportunities in the Francophonie

The Helios Centre has announced that it will procede, thanks to the collaboration and the financial support of the Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (http://.www.IEPF.org), to the first phase of a project aimed at evaluatin CDM potential in the developing countries of the Francophonie.

This first phase will be finalised shortly with the production of 8 «country CDM profiles» : Bénin, Cameroon, Djibouti, Haïti, Laos, Morocco, Mauritius and Tunisia.

> August 27th, 2003

The Helios Centre contributes to design of New York State's new RPS

The Helios Centre has been asked by the Energy Foundation to assist in the design of New York State's new Renewables Portfolio Standard.

Philip Raphals, the Centre's associate director and co-founder, will work with the director of the U.S. Low Impact Hydropower Institute to develop objective criteria that can be used to determine what hydropower projects should be eligible for an RPS.

> July 30th, 2003

New Sponsorship Opportunities

The Helios Centre is pleased to offer governments, business and others a unique opportunity to support this bulletin, Enjeux-ÉNERGIE.

With more than 8000 readers (decision-makers and stakeholders representing the full breadth of energy interests in Canada and Europe), sponsorship offers a high-visibility media opportunity.

For more information on pricing and visibility arrangements, please contact sec@helioscentre.org or call us at (514) 849-7900.

The Helios Centre would like to give special thanks to its first sponsor, the Quebec Energy Efficiency Agency (http://www.aee.gouv.qc.ca), as well as to our initial start-up funder, the Fonds d'action québécois pour le développement durable (http://www.faqdd.qc.ca).

> June 18th, 2003

The Helios Centre is Back in Africa

Patrick Henn, Project Manager at the Helios Centre, was back in Africa this week to speak at the Workshop on the Clean Development Mechanism organized in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso by the Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF). Mr. Henn was invited to explain the information requirements in order for developing countries' clean energy projects to generate valid CO2 credits under the Kyoto Protocol's CDM mechanism.

The Helios Centre is one of five IEPF partners in the organization of the workshop, at which delegations from the bulk of Francophonie countries are present. The other partners are government bodies from Canada, France, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

For more information, sec@helioscentre.org or http://www.iepf.org/docs_prog03/pol_envir03/2603_atelier_MDP/atelier_MDP_ouaga.doc.

> June 4th, 2003

Inventory of Renewable Energy in North America

The Helios Centre is pleased to announce it has been retained by the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), created under the North American Free Trade Agreement, to prepare a complete inventory of renewable energy capacity on the continent.

The inventory -- which will cover wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower -- will offer specialists and the public alike information regarding both existing and planned renewable energy capacity in each State, province and territory of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

For more information, contact us at sec@helioscentre.org

> May 21st, 2003

Appointment to the Helios Centre Board of Directors

The Helios Centre is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Michel Bouchard to its Board of Directors. Director of the Francophone Secretariat of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Mr. Bouchard brings more than 30 years of experience in scientific research and management of a variety of key impact assessment organizations.

NRTEE Review of Energy Efficiency and the Fiscal Framework

The Helios Centre is proud to announce that its Executive Director, Mr. Philippe Dunsky, will participate in a committee put together by the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy on the subject of the fiscal framework and its impacts on energy efficiency.

> February 24th, 2003

The Helios Centre in Africa: Exploring Project Opportunities for the Clean Development Mechanism
Read the press release

> February 19th, 2003

«Industry in the World of Kyoto»: The Helios Centre examines the issue of large industrial emitters of greenhouse gases

In the aftermath of Canada's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the Helios Centre has prepared a report that examines the issue of allocating emissions reduction objectives among the country's large industrial emitters.

Read the press release
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