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BCSEA News & Views

Learn about what's happening at the BC Sustainable Energy Association and get in-depth articles on sustainable energy issues written by our members.

Message from the Board Chair

Message from the Board Chair

Greetings to my fellow sustainable energy ... enthusiasts?  Evangelists? True believers? The BCSEA is a unique organization in the sustainable energy field.  We are not clean energy producers, nor are we building system experts.  While many of us are engineers or technical experts in our professional capacities, that's not we do within the BCSEA.

Powering Sustainable Energy for the Future of the Okanagan

Okanagan Chapter (BCSEA) invites you to: 

POWERING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY for the FUTURE of the OKANAGAN

A forum, setting the foundation for collaboration to counteract climate change with effective solutions.

All Sustainable Energy Change-Makers Invited!

This event will discuss, educate, demonstrate, and form the Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force to follow up with the determined outcomes.

Low-carbon electrification in BC: Next steps for BC Hydro

Low-carbon electrification in BC: Next steps for BC Hydro

BCSEA asks Government to Let BC Hydro and FBC Invest in Public EV Fast Charging Stations

BCSEA asks Government to Let BC Hydro and FBC Invest in Public EV Fast Charging Stations

August 2, 2019

BCSEA met with the BC ministry of energy in July to encourage the government to cut through the regulatory uncertainty that is hampering BC Hydro and FortisBC (electric) from expanding their networks of public EV fast-charging stations. Currently, BC Hydro is temporarily not charging EV drivers for fast-charging and FBC is charging $9 per half hour with interim approval from the Commission.

Net Metering Update

Net Metering Update

August 2, 2019

BCSEA continues to participate in the Utilities Commission’s proceeding on BC Hydro’s proposed amendments to its Net Metering program. (For background, please read). BCSEA filed detailed information requests to BC Hydro in mid-July.

Vancouver Chapter - Green Drinks - Wednesday June 26, 2019

Green Drinks is happening again this month in Vancouver, BC! Join us this Wednesday to have some drinks and meet other environmentally-minded folks.

BCSEA Intervenes in Net Metering Proceeding

BCSEA intervenes in Net Metering Proceeding:

BCSEA’s board of directors in May approved intervening in a BC Utilities Commission proceeding on BC Hydro’s most recent application to amend its net metering rules. BCSEA has intervened in all of the commission's proceedings regarding net metering by BC Hydro or FortisBC in the past few years.

BCSEA's objectives in the proceeding are:

Opposition to Contaminated Rail Ties as Fuel for Generation: The Saga Continues

The BCUC on May 15 approved BC Hydro's short-term electricity purchase agreement (EPA) with the operator of the biomass generating plant in Williams Lake. This was entirely expected and has little real-world significance in and of itself (!). But it provides a good opportunity to tell the story of how we got here and what's coming next in the continuing saga of whether a biomass generating plant in Williams Lake will be allowed to burn creosote-contaminated rail ties for power. 

Renewable Energy - RE Royalties Webinar

Interview with Bernard Tan, CEO, RE Royalties

On April 16, 2019, the BCSEA hosted a webinar about How Renewable Energy Projects Get Financed with RE Royalties, a company that provides innovative finance solutions to renewable energy project leaders.

The Okanagan Chapter: Activates Sustainable Energy Promotions

The Okanagan Chapter continues to activate sustainable energy promoting “A Sustainable Manufacturing Hub”, a forum on the “Future of Energy in the Okanagan”, and the formation of an independent Sustainable Energy Task Force throughout this year. The chapter is focusing on speeding up the community’s capacity for a changeover to renewables, and collaboration is one key they are using for bringing this into reality.