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Let LiveSmart Live!

BCSEA has created an online petition to call for the restoration of funding for LiveSmart BC in the next provincial budget.

LiveSmart BC's Efficiency Incentive Program met its three-year target of 40,000 households in just 15 months, and its $60-million budget has been fully allocated. As a result the program was declared complete in mid-August and to date, no further commitment of funding has been made.

BCSEA strongly believes that a renewed and extended LiveSmart-style engagement program is required to encourage homeowners to undertake the energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy retrofits necessary for BC meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Sorry, You Gotta Show Up

On October 24, my kids Duncan and Sabrina, and my wife, Elle, and I will together march in our first-ever global-warming, er, “action.”

The occasion is Bridge to a Cool Planet, which will likely be British Columbia’s largest event marking the International Day of Climate Action. Expect drummers, people dressed up in polar bear costumes, dudes on stilts and unicycles, and lots of off-key improvised call-and-response singing and chanting.

It’s the kind of gaggle-of-people-holding-signs event that, once upon a time, I would have driven on past without even blinking. But this time, I’ll be on the other side of the windshield. And you should be, too.

'Green' Northwest Transmission Line is Anything But

The federal government has committed $130 million of "green infrastructure" funding to a British Columbia project designed to support mining proposals. According to Prime Minister Harper, the proposed 335-kilometer Northwest Transmission Line would contribute to "a more efficient energy grid" and provide "cleaner, greener energy" -- but he overlooked the fact its main purpose is to extend the existing electrical grid to support resource extraction in the province's northwest corner.

"This is not the first place you would extend the grid to if you want to develop renewable energy," said Tom Hackney, BC Sustainable Energy Association vice-president for Policy. "There are more promising areas much closer to population centres where the power is needed. This project is on the books because mine proposals in the area would not be viable without it."

'Green' Northwest Transmission Line is Anything But

September 16, 2009

VICTORIA, BC - The Federal government today committed $130 million of federal "green infrastructure" funding to a British Columbia project designed to support mining proposals. According to Prime Minister Harper, the proposed 335-kilometer Northwest Transmission Line would contribute to "a more efficient energy grid" and provide "cleaner, greener energy"- but he overlooked the fact its main purpose is to extend the existing electrical grid to support resource extraction in the province's northwest corner.

Budget promotes fossil fuel economy, fails to invest in future

September 2, 2009

VICTORIA, BC—The September budget update stimulates the old, fossil fuel economy while failing to invest in the new, green economy of the future, says Guy Dauncey, President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association.

“People are looking for leadership to move off the old, fossil fuel based economy,” said Dauncey. “Economic stimulus spending is a golden opportunity to invest in the new, green economy. Unfortunately, this budget falls back on highways and oil and gas development.”

Failure To Invest In New Economy Worsens Ecological Deficit

September 1, 2009

Green stimulus would create jobs and protect BC’s valuable environment, say conservation groups

BC environmental groups warn that the 2009 budget update released today will result in not just a financial deficit but also an increasing ecological deficit that will weigh heavily on future generations. In the face of challenging economic circumstances, the groups call on government to focus economic stimulus on building a new, environmentally sustainable economy instead of propping up the old economy that continues to fail us and jeopardizes BC’s environmental future.

HST should have been an ecologically harmonized sales tax

The harmonized sales tax—it sounds like something Confucius might have supported during China’s Zhou Dynasty. Here in BC, however, the government’s surprise announcement that we will be adopting the HST next July 1 has brought nothing but disharmony.

By August 17, 93,000 people had joined Bill Tieleman’s NO BC HST Facebook group, and on August 6, a Global TV-Ipsos Reid poll found that 85 percent of British Columbians surveyed opposed the new tax. Not much harmony here.

And why should there be? Nobody likes what seems to be a tax grab, even if businesses do reduce their prices because they will now be able to get their PST payments repaid as well as their GST, and no longer be subject to a cascading PST on every stage of manufacture or installation. When Saskatchewan’s Conservative government adopted the HST in 1991, the move was so unpopular that it is thought to have caused the fall of the government in the election that same year.

BCSEA Welcomes BC’s first wind energy

August 6, 2009

Victoria, BC - The BC Sustainable Energy Association is very happy to congratulate AltaGas, Aeolis Wind Power Corporation and the Peace Energy Cooperative on the first delivery of wind energy into British Columbia’s grid.

“It has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. We hope this marks the beginning of a period of major growth for the wind energy sector,” said Guy Dauncey, President of the BCSEA.

MLAs urged to respond to “Code Green” opportunity in a "Hot, Flat and Crowded" world

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) today delivered 85 copies of Thomas Friedman’s new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” to the offices of new and returning members of the Legislative Assembly, who will take their seats next week for the opening of the 39th Parliament of the BC Legislature.

Copies of the books were presented personally to Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap and Opposition Environment Critic Rob Fleming.