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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.

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

FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 DSM Expenditure Schedule

On March 4, 2019, the BC Utilities Commission accepted FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 demand-side management expenditure schedule, as supported by BCSEA and SCBC. The DSM budget is for $44-million over the four-year period. This spending envelope is slightly higher than FBC anticipated in its most recent (2016) long-term resource plan, due to new efficiency programs for cannabis production facilities. 

Natural Resources Canada - Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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BC's new ZEV standard - modeled on California or Quebec?

19 February 2019

To:  Christina Ianniciello, Director, Clean Transportation Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

by email: christina.ianniciello@gov.bc.ca Dear Ms. Ianniciello,

Re: BC Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard – Request for Input

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the government’s proposed ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) Standard.

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

January 28th, 2018

The commission issued its report on phase one of the inquiry into EV charging services. Link. The important points that BCSEA and SCBC pushed were either accepted or punted to phase two. Highlights: