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.
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January 20, 2017
January 11, 2017
At first glance, the 2017 sustainable energy outlook for BC is grim. Last November, the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, now followed by a compliant BC government. First Nations and environmental groups are vowing to do what it takes to stop the pipeline from being built.
November 3, 2016
BCSEA and Sierra Club BC endorsed a package of measures designed to help low-income customers of BC Hydro, in a BC utilities commission proceeding in October.
October 31, 2016
Climate leadership can take on many roles: it involves setting realistic targets rooted in scientific principles, developing an effective plan to achieve those objectives, and perhaps most importan
October 4, 2016
‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ BCSEA and Sierra Club BC told the BC utilities commission in a late September argument on FortisBC’s electricity net metering program.
September 1, 2016
In early August, the BC utilities commission approved a cut in the price of Renewable Natural Gas purchased by gas customers.
August 22, 2016
The Ministry of Environment graphics department has done its best. Cute silhouette graphics show how turtles, hikers and bunnies can happily coexist with helicopters, factories and container ships. Photos of eagles and green forests reinforce the bright and cheery prose.
August 4, 2016
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.
June 28, 2016
Some net metering customers in south-central BC suffered a rude shock this April, when Fortis applied to the Utilities Commission to slash the rates it pays its net metering custom
June 8, 2016
Change is in the air, if you go by the mood at town hall meeting, hosted by M.P. Randall Garrison in Esquimalt High theatre on May 27th.
April 4, 2016
More than 160 B.C. businesses have signed the following open letter calling on the B.C.
April 1, 2016
Last month in downtown Vancouver, BC took a modest step toward what could expand into a significant community renewable energy program.
March 25, 2016
BCSEA's 5 recommendations for a strong Climate Leadership Plan
March 11, 2016
As I outlined last week in my article, Fun with Numbers: Shaking the Fossil Fuel Addiction, four-fifths of BC’s energy needs are currently met by fossil fuel energy.
February 23, 2016
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.
February 15, 2016
Today the Energy Forum, a coalition of B.C. power producers, industry associations and environmental organizations of which BCSEA is proud to be a part of, released a letter to the Premier of B.C. calling for an ambitious Climate Leadership Plan that transitions the province away from fossil fuels and incorporates the Climate Leadership Team recommendations.
February 9, 2016
Last August, we urgently appealed to you, our members, to show the government your support for effective action on climate change. The B.C. government had called for public comments on what should be in an updated B.C. Climate Leadership Plan (“CLP”), and the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris (“COP 21”) created the expectation (since confirmed) of a growing global consensus that all the world needs to act urgently to minimize harmful climate change.
December 3, 2015
The COP 21 Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December could be one of the great turning points in history.
November 27, 2015
Today the Province of British Columbia released the recommendations of its Climate Leadership Team. Earlier this year, government created the volunteer team and asked it to recommend policies that would ensure the province meets its legislated carbon-reduction targets while continuing to grow the economy.
October 13, 2015
Want to support the sustainable energy transition but don’t know how? VOTE on October 19th. You just might tip the balance.