With the help of our mentors, volunteers, participants and sponsors, BCSEA Vancouver Chapter hosted its first Women in Sustainable Energy Networking (WISE) event on June 20, 2017. The event was to connect people seeking to enter careers related to sustainable energy with well-established women mentors in those fields. Judging by the turnout and many positive comments from the people who were there, this year’s WISE event was an overwhelming success!
Green living in British Columbia is more than just a passing fad: the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan outlines clear goals for reduced carbon emissions and a more sustainable future and applies to residential homeowners as well as corporations and industries. Whether your own personal desire to make your home more energy efficient stems from similar concerns about climate change, your family’s health, or simply reducing your monthly bills, going green just makes sense.
Early in 2016, the District of Saanich asked BCSEA’s Victoria Chapter to outline a pathway for Saanich to move to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. BCSEA presented its analysis to the public at its Big Town Hall in October 2016 and its Pathway report to Saanich Council in March 2017.
Can you join the solar energy revolution if you don’t have your own sun-exposed roof? Can you dip in, without having to spend big bucks for a complete system?
The Fortis electric utility in south-central BC wants its customers to be able to say “yes” to both questions.
Fortis is proposing a Community Solar Pilot Project that is now before the BC Utilities Commission for approval. The physical part of the project is a 720 panel, 240 kilowatt solar PV generating facility at the Ellison substation in the north end of Kelowna, estimated to cost $961,000.
On May 2nd, 2017, a public debate took place at Vancouver Public Library on the question of whether Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) would bring a net economic benefit to Canada, or would instead be a boondoggle – a useless waste of money.
On March 4, 2017 the BCSEA brought back it’s highly successful and popular conference event, Energy Connections. Close to 200 people joined together to spend the day learning and sharing about sustainable energy projects in the communities across Canada.
On April 21, 2017 the BCSEA hosted a 2017 Election webinar on behalf of the Energy Forum, with representatives from the three major political parties. The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations, and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems.