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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.

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.

The Power of Sustainable Investing - Afterthoughts & Video

On March 20th, the BCSEA Kamloops Chapter hosted an event called The Power of Sustainable Investing, in partnership with Transition Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and the speaker, Tim Nash. The session was highly informative, generating interest, excitement, and engaging discussion.  The 35 minutes talk (PowerPoint slides attached below), was followed by an equally well-received half an hour of Q&A.  About half of the seventy attendees stayed for a break-out session.

Harbour Air to add zero-emmission electric plane; aims to convert whole fleet

A transition from seaplane to e-plane is set to begin.

Harbour Air is embarking on what is believed to be a world first, adding an electric plane to its fleet — a zero-emission aircraft powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor.

The company has 42 planes and 12 routes, and operates from centres such as Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle. It is North America’s largest seaplane airline, serving 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights every year.

South Vancouver Island Transportation Strategy Undermines BC's Climate Goals

Victoria, BC – Victorians for Transportation Choice (VTC) challenges the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to align its southern Vancouver Island transportation strategy with BC’s climate action goals, including legislated GHG reduction targets.

BCUC Decision on Arbitrage of Industrial Self-generation

The Commission finally laid to rest a long, meandering proceeding involving industrial customers who generate electricity at their own site and want to sell their own power while simultaneously buying lower-cost power from the utility. To say this was complicated would be an understatement. It goes back to a 2014 proceeding in which the Commission approved a renewed "power purchase agreement" (PPA) between BC Hydro and FBC-electric.

Commission Accepts FortisBC-Gas Long-term Plan

The BCUC accepted FortisBC Energy Inc.'s 2017 long-term gas resource plan, in a decision released on February 25, 2019. After a year-long proceeding, in which BCSEA-SCBC filed expert evidence, the Commission found that FEI's met the requirements of the Utilities Commission Act. Issues included: GHG emissions, load forecasting, demand-side management, biomethane, natural gas for transportation, and innovative technologies. The plan serves as a guideline for the future. The Commission's acceptance of the plan does not constitute approval of any specific initiatives.

BCUC ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate

BCUC Ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate