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The Western Regional Enterprise Network (WREN) is taking the first step needed in hopefully implementing a recently-created energy investment plan aimed at helping homeowners in its region with energy costs.
This first step comes in the form of making an application to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Community Energy Fund to receive funding for a residential retrofit energy efficiency program.
The Western Region Energy Investment Plan (WREIP) – called ‘A Roadmap for Addressing Climate Change and Building the Clean Energy Economy’ – outlines the baseline energy consumption within the region. It also highlights opportunities to reduce local energy consumption, which can help to reduce energy expenditures in the region.
The plan also points to generating renewable energy within the region, “which can then generate revenue,” says Evan Nemeth, WREN Economic Development Officer and project lead.
The application to the FCM will help the WREN better define the opportunities and solutions needed to implement retrofits in the region it covers.
It will also help, says Nemeth, “to identify the necessary funding mechanisms to enable homeowners to implement recommendations for their residences.”
It’s been identified that average household energy expenditures in the WREN’s Western Region of Nova Scotia amounted to $5,800 in 2016.
With approximately 22,800 households in the region, that means households were spending a total of $132 million annually on energy.
That amount is projected to increase with the federal carbon tax.
The bulk of the energy consumed in the region covered by the WREN is largely imported from other parts of the world (in the case of oil and gas) and within the province (in the case of electricity).
This means the bulk of the $132 million being spent is leaving the local economy annually, reads a briefing document sent to the seven municipal units that are part of WREN.
These municipal units are the municipalities of Argyle, Barrington, Clare, Digby and Yarmouth, and the towns of Digby and Yarmouth. The units are being asked for letters of support to accompany the FCM funding application.
AN AGING HOUSING STOCK
There is an aging housing stock in the Western Region.
The amount of homes that meet the definition of energy poverty – meaning their spending on home heating and electricity is greater than six per cent of their after-tax household income – are:
• 58 per cent of households in Digby County;
• 52 per cent of households in Shelburne County;
• and, 51 per cent of households in Yarmouth County.
The WREIP document says residential buildings account for 60 per cent of the energy use of all buildings within the Western Region, which also takes into account commercial and industrial properties.
“As such, widespread residential retrofits represent a significant opportunity to contribute towards creating space on the transmission grid, while also lowering energy poverty and keeping dollars in the hands of residents,” the document states.
Nemeth says once letters of support are received from the seven municipal units, the WREN will be filing the funding application.
“We have submitted a pre-application to the FCM and have been incorporating their feedback. We expect to submit the full application shortly after we receive the requested letters of support,” he says. “From there, we expect we’ll know if we are successful in obtaining the funding by early 2022.”
• The WREIP document includes benchmarks of current energy consumption data from across the Western Region.
• It outlines 28 energy actions that would reduce energy consumption through efficiency improvements and increase local sustainable energy generation.
• If implemented, these energy efficiency and generation actions would decrease energy expenditures for businesses, institutions and residents.
• If implemented, it would also increase energy revenue, thereby keeping more money in the local economy, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Lumina Gold Announces Signing of an Exploration Investment Protection Agreement – Yahoo Canada Finance
VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – Lumina Gold Corp. (TSXV: LUM) (OTCQX: LMGDF) (the “Company” or “Lumina”) is pleased to announce the signing of an Exploration Investment Protection Agreement (“EIPA”) for the Cangrejos project (the “Project”). This groundbreaking agreement between the Government of Ecuador and Lumina Gold provides a foundation that the parties can build on as the Project advances towards development and a future negotiation of the Exploitation Agreement and Exploitation Investment Protection Agreement required for mining. This negotiation would occur after the completion of a Pre-Feasibility study for the Project.
The EIPA explicitly covers an investment commitment by Lumina totaling a minimum of US$36M for the period 2019-2024 and also covers investments by the Company in Ecuador from December 2010 to the end of 2018. The agreement also extends to any additional investments made by Lumina during the term and beyond. The Company has invested approximately US$18M from January 1, 2019 to September 30, 2021 in Ecuador and just completed a financing to continue work on drilling and engineering in order to complete a Pre-feasibility study by early 2023.
Image 1: Marshall Koval and Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador and key foreign investment ministers at the Ecuador Open For Business conference.
Image 2: Marshall Koval and Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador at the Open For Business conference.
Under the terms of the EIPA, the Government of Ecuador pledges to maintain legal certainty and stability for the investment, as well as to provide non-discriminatory treatment compared to other similar projects with regards to the administration, operation, expansion, and transfer of the Company’s investments. In addition, the Government commits that it will not subject the Company and its investments to arbitrary or discriminatory measures. The guarantee also extends to property rights, which bars any confiscation or other termination of rights without fair compensation, and also forbids restrictions on the legal transfer of the investment (e.g., the project or local holding companies) by the Company or its shareholders. The agreement also contains detailed procedures for dispute resolution, with arbitration in London pursuant to the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce.
The process of entering into this EIPA was greatly accelerated under the leadership of Guillermo Lasso´s administration, particularly following the issuance of Decree 151, which defined the national Mining Action Plan. It involved direct negotiations with the Ministry of Production, Foreign Commerce, Investments and Fishing. In addition, approvals were obtained from the Strategic Committee for Promotion and Attraction of Investments, as well as the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and, lastly the State Attorney General in relation to the approval of the international arbitration clause.
About Lumina Gold
Lumina Gold Corp. (TSXV: LUM) is a Vancouver, Canada based precious and base metals exploration and development company focused on the Cangrejos Gold-Copper Project located in El Oro Province, southwest Ecuador. Lumina has an experienced management team with a successful track record of advancing and monetizing exploration projects.
Further details are available on the Company’s website at https://luminagold.com/
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Certain statements and information herein, including all statements that are not historical facts, contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include but are not limited to statements or information with respect to completing an Exploitation Agreement, Exploitation Investment Protection Agreement and a Pre-feasibility study. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as “will” or “projected” or variations of those words or statements that certain actions, events or results “will”, “could”, “are proposed to”, “are planned to”, “are expected to” or “are anticipated to” be taken, occur or be achieved.
With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, the Company has made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about general business and economic conditions, the prices of gold and copper, and anticipated costs and expenditures. The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive.
Although management of the Company believes that the assumptions made and the expectations represented by such statements or information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that a forward-looking statement or information herein will prove to be accurate. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. These factors include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the business of the Company; business and economic conditions in the mining industry generally; the supply and demand for labour and other project inputs; changes in commodity prices; changes in interest and currency exchange rates; risks relating to inaccurate geological and engineering assumptions (including with respect to the tonnage, grade and recoverability of reserves and resources); risks relating to unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications or expectations, cost escalation, unavailability of materials and equipment, government action or delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job action, and unanticipated events related to health, safety and environmental matters); risks relating to adverse weather conditions; political risk and social unrest; changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets; and other risk factors as detailed from time to time in the Company’s continuous disclosure documents filed with Canadian securities administrators. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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Maria Sharapova takes equity stake in investment platform Public.com – CNBC
Former top-ranked tennis star Maria Sharapova is looking to make financial literacy more accessible. The tennis champion and entrepreneur announced Monday that she has taken an equity stake in Public.com, a company that lets you buy and sell stocks and cryptocurrencies online. Sharapova did not disclose the size of her stake.
“Since I was a very young girl, as a teenager, I made my first big paycheck by winning Wimbledon and to be honest, the financial investment space is one that’s very intimidating,” Sharapova told CNBC. “I appreciate how Public is more user-friendly, and offers a simplified way to educate yourself to make investing less intimidating.”
Sharapova knows a thing or two about making money. For 11 straight years she held the title of highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes.
She says in addition to her financial stake in Public, she will host events, share advice and serve as an advisor for NCAA student-athletes on the platform.
Public was founded in September 2019 by Jannick Malling, who now serves as co-CEO. Today, the platform that allows users to build portfolios and invest in stocks and cryptocurrency has more than 1 million users, 90% of which are first-time investors. The company says its user base grew 13 times in 2020.
Public has raised $310 million in funding, with investment from Accel, Greycroft and Lake Star. Other big-name investors include actor Will Smith, NFL player JJ Watt, media mogul Shari Redstone, businessman Dick Parsons and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.
“One of the most important reasons of my investment into Public is the incredible stat that 40% of the audience on the Public app is female, which in this space, is almost unheard of,” said Sharapova. In addition to attracting women, 45% of Public’s users are Black or people of color.
For Sharapova, her unique upbringing as a professional tennis player gave her a front-line seat to the business world. The young tennis player came to the United States from Russia as a 7 year old with just $700 in her pocket. Her career quickly took off, and she become the top tennis player in the world on five separate occasions. During that time, she gained high-profile endorsement deals with companies from Nike to Pepsi to Porsche.
In 2012, Sharapova launched her own company, Sugarpova, a successful candy and sweets brand. The company now reportedly earns more than $20 million per year. Sharapova has also invested companies in the health and wellness space such as Tonal, Therabody and SuperGoop. Despite her success, she’s always trying to learn more.
“I try to grab as much education from meetings, sitting in boardrooms, to looking at my own contracts, and not having too many external people doing it for me,” she said.
Sharapova retired from the professional tennis circuit in 2020, following nagging injuries and a failed doping test that sidelined her for 15 months.
While Sharapova made her name on the tennis courts playing for nearly two decades and earning five Grand Slam titles, she’s optimistic about what lies ahead.
“The first chapter was incredible and I got to experience so much in my youth but there’s something about this next chapter that gets me just as excited,” she said.
The former tennis ace says she spends much of her day focusing on her many business ventures, however she says she has kept a close eye on the Peng Shuai situation in China. On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis player Shuai alleged sexual assault by a top Chinese government official. Women’s Tennis Association chief Steve Simon made the decision on Dec. 1 to suspend all tour events in China because he says that Shuai’s allegations have not been listened to or taken seriously. This decision will cost the WTA hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. The Chinese government responded to the WTA’s decision by accusing it of “putting on an exaggerated show.”
“I’ve actually been incredibly impressed by how the the WTA has stood up and took a stance. Steve Simon doing the right thing has been wonderful,” she added.
Sharapova says she hopes and prays that her former colleague and rival and her family are safe.
“I think of people before I think of business, I think of the human element and that’s why I’m in complete support of the tour,” she said.
Correction: Steve Simon is chief of the Women’s Tennis Association. An earlier version misstated the name of the organization.
Continued education is an investment, and it leads to greater wealth – Financial Post
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