We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.
Energy Connections broke new ground this year, tackling the difficult but inspiring topic of community empowerment. People from across BC, heralding from various different backgrounds and industries, united under one roof for a day of information, inspiration and engaging dialogue.
Looking back on the event as a whole, it is difficult to envision a more appropriate keynote speaker to kick off this incredible day; a day marked by passionate and like-minded individuals learning from one another and engaging in the broad vision of sustainable energy.
Thompson Rivers University student finds inspiration at the Superheroes Exhibition
Have you ever wondered how to improve the present and the future in an incredible way? It sounds like a lot of work, but in fact it’s easier that you thought. As everyday citizens, we can really make a difference.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter has organized an inspiring exposition about the people in and around Kamloops, who have reduced their footprint substantially with the use of alternative energy.
Since its creation in 2004, the Kamloops BCSEA Chapter has had astonishing success in promoting renewable energy solutions and gathering like-minded passionate individuals devoted to sustainable lifestyles. By facilitating a variety of engaging initiatives and events, the chapter has played a key role in elevating the community’s awareness of tangible solutions away from fossil fuels. From promoting innovative sustainable technologies to organizing art exhibitions showcasing community member success stories, the Kamloops Chapter has been a true sustainability ambassador over the years.
Renewable Natural Gas. Those unfamiliar with the concept might initially think of it as an oxymoron. “How can natural gas be renewable?” you might ask. The major difference lies in timescales. While renewable natural gas can be produced from last weekend’s leftover brunch, conventional natural gas could be derived from an ancient, decomposing pterodactyl. Confused? Read on.
The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility.
‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ BCSEA and Sierra Club BC told the BC utilities commission in a late September argument on FortisBC’s electricity net metering program. FortisBC wants approval to ban net metering customers from having generating equipment big enough to regularly generate an annual surplus of net energy. BCSEA and Sierra Club told the regulator that an annual net surplus is not a problem. In fact, they said, it is highly desirable, assuming the price is reasonable and the equipment is below the maximum 50 kW generator size.
As the TMX Ministerial Panel made its way across British Columbia this summer, holding consultation meetings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, three of BCSEA’s Chapters spoke of our belief that Canada has no need for expanded pipeline capacity and should instead focus on a transition to clean, renewable energy.