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.
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February 23, 2016
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.
August 5, 2015
The BC government is asking for British Columbians’ comments on climate action by August 17th. Called the Climate Leadership Plan, this is Premier Christy Clark’s first major testing of the waters of public opinion on climate change.
May 14, 2015
In March, motivated by the climate crisis, Vancouver City Council took the bold step of declaring that Vancouver would become a 100% Renewable Energy City, obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources, and asked its staff to get back to them by fall with a clear articulation of the date by when it might be feasible. The city's staff, in turn, are seeking the public's input, using the hashtag #VAN100RE.
February 17, 2015
BCSEA’s Electric Vehicles Letter Writing Team is off to a fast start, with 50 and counting volunteers committing to write Prime Minister Harper and members of the go
February 2, 2015
Ships use diesel to generate electricity. When ships are in port, their diesel generators are a major source of air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and noise.
January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015
Nothing Nothing. It’s the building block of all mathematics, from which numbers begin.
December 17, 2014
December 16, 2014. The BC Sustainable Energy Association is disappointed by the government's approval of Site C.
December 12, 2014
12 December 2014 The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation Dear Minister Stone,
December 10, 2014
An urgent call for engagement
November 27, 2014
To Dam, or not to Dam?
November 8, 2014
Since April 2014, a task force created by the Minister of Energy and Mines has been reviewing the BC Utilities Commission.
September 26, 2014
It doesn't take much to make a significant contribution to making your small community energy efficient. Check the article for some guiding steps.
September 20, 2014
1. Make a Sustainable Transportation Commitment to aim for zero-carbon local transportation by creating ‘complete streets’ designed for all users, walkable neighbourhoods, and a world-class cycling environment; and by adopting world-class policies for transportation demand management, transit, ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles and freight. There are great examples of pedestrian streets and centres in Europe. In Copenhagen, 36% of commute and school trips are made by bike; Bogota and Curitiba have shown the way for bus rapid transport; San Diego is showing the way for electric vehicles.
June 7, 2014
Update; March 2015: Norway now has 45,500 EVs. 15% of all new vehicles are electric, and there are 6,000 EV charging stations. I wish I could have traveled to Norway to research this story—but the Solar Impulse 2, which is on a round-the-world flight with solar-covered wings wider than a Boeing 747—only has room for the pilot. Norway and British Columbia are very similar. Both have rugged ocean coasts, mountainous terrains and ample hydro electricity, allowing 95% zero-carbon electricity in BC and 100% in Norway. They also have similar populations, with 4.4 million people in BC and 5 million in Norway. But when it comes to electric cars, is there ever a difference.