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Solar Grid Parity in BC - When will it Happen?

 From the first solar cells in 1883 with their 1% efficiency to today’s research lab cells that claim over 40% efficiency, the progress of the solar revolution has been bumpy and often uncomfortable for the major solar players, but it has been nonetheless steady.

Energy Connections 2017 - The Day It All Happened (Part 2)

This is Part Two of a two-part summary of Energy Connections 2017. Click here to read Part One!

Session 2 – Renewable Energy Success Stories

Energy Connections 2017 - The Day It All Happened (Part 1)

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.

BCUC denies low income electricity rates

The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre is appealing a ruling of the BC utilities commission in late January that electricity rates designed to help low-income customers would be unlawful. The commission dismissed a major application by lawyers at BC PIAC for approval of a package of measures to assist the hundreds of thousands of BC men, women and children who are struggling to cope with the high and rising costs of electricity service from BC Hydro.

Energy Connections 2017 - Learn how you can do more with less, at Session 3

With Session 1 focusing on the political landscape of renewable energy and Session 2 looking into renewable energy success stories, Session 3 of Energy Connections 2017 will dive into the realm of energy conservation and efficiency. In simple terms, the concepts of conservation and efficiency can be summed up as: “doing more with less”.

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

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.

BCUC Fortis Net Metering Update: Profit's not the priority

In June, we described Fortis electric’s application to the Utilities Commission for permission to change its net metering tariff, including slashing the rate Fortis pays customers for year-end credit balances.

Clean Energy through Communities with BC Hydro's Micro-SOP Program

Last month in downtown Vancouver, BC took a modest step toward what could expand into a significant community renewable energy program.

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BC Hydro unveiled what it calls its Micro- Standing Offer Program, or Micro-SOP to a room full of independent power developers, first nations representatives and energy policy people.

Renewable natural gas program examined by utilities commission

BC Sustainable Energy Association and Sierra Club BC having been weighing in on the future of FortisBC Energy Inc.’s Renewable Natural Gas program at the BC utilities commission. Renewable natural gas is a non-fossil fuel alternative to fossil-fuel natural gas that FEI customers can voluntarily purchase. In this article I’ll explain how the renewable natural program works, and then highlight the debate at the utilities commission.