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Low Carbon Training Wheels: The Elusive World of Carbon Neutrality

 In April, BC’s Auditor General stirred the climate change debate with his report on the Pacific Carbon Trust.

In the debate that followed, however, the reason why it matters went missing. The driving reality behind the government’s commitment to carbon-neutral government are those ominous three words  - global climate change.

CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Dear Prospective Member of the BC Legislature,

Please, let’s not beat about the bush.

We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.

BCSEA Welcomes BC Government’s Commitment to Clean Energy Vehicles

 

The BC Sustainable Energy Association welcomes today’s announcement from BC Environment Minister Terry Lake that the government will continue BC’s successful electric vehicles program, and that the Clean Energy Vehicles Program will be retained for at least another 12 months.
 

The Future of Wind Energy in BC

It seems so natural that BC should be a leader when it comes to wind power. We have such huge resources, especially in BC’s northeast, but we seem to be stuck at 390 MW, compared to over 2,000 MW in Ontario and 1,648 MW in Quebec, which has similar constraints of huge hydro resources and cheap power.

There’s another 548 MW lining up to enter the grid by 2016, for a total of 938 MW, but compared to BC’s total power capacity of 43,000 MW, it’s still small game. In the same timeframe, Quebec will bring on 2500 MW.

And what about those other critical questions?

The Future Includes Cargo-Bikes - Ting-a-ling!

Cargo-Bikes - it’s got a nice ring to it. Ting-a-ling! If you do a Google image search on the phrase you’ll find a wonderful array of cargo-carrying bikes and trikes, from functional to fancy, cute to crazy.

WANTED: Mickey Methane and The Fugitives

 No, they’re not a rock band—they’re a planetary emergency, and a danger to us all. Micky Methane is #2 in the Ten Most Wanted Climate Criminals, along with Charlie Carbon, Nellie Nitrous Oxide, Freddie and the F Gases and Billy Black, also known as Sooty. They’re all packing heat, and need to be apprehended.

The Solar Revolution in China – and Canada

It seems far away, but it’s extremely relevant, since the mass adoption of solar PV in China could accelerate the dramatic fall in solar prices.

A year ago, China had a goal to install 5 GW (5,000 MW) of solar PV by 2020 - the equivalent of 2.5 million houses each with a 2kW system. With 5 GW installed in 2012 alone, however, China increased the target to 21 GW by 2015 – and then last week, it increased it further to 40 GW by 2015.

Bill 17, Clean Energy Amendment Act – What does it mean?

Bill 17, Clean Energy Amendment Act – What does it mean?

July 27, 2020

On June 23, 2020, Energy Minister Bruce Ralston introduced Bill 17, the Clean Energy Amendment Act, 2020. Bill 17 does three main things.

BCSEA opposes Revelstoke propane subsidy

BCSEA opposes Revelstoke propane subsidy

June 30, 2020

BCSEA asked the BC Utilities Commission to reject FortisBC Gas’s request to have natural gas customers subsidize high-carbon propane rates in Revelstoke, in a written argument filed today. BCSEA said the proposal is unduly discriminatory, contrary to rate design principles, in conflict with BC’s energy objectives, not in customers’ interests, and not in the public interest.

BCSEA gets a win on Net Metering

BCSEA gets a win on Net Metering

June 25, 2020

The BC Utilities Commission rejected BC Hydro's ban on new Net Metering participants who propose an electrical generator big enough to create annual net power to the grid. In a long-awaited decision released on June 23, 2020, the BCUC found that BC Hydro had not satisfactorily demonstrated that the ban is required to mitigate significant or meaningful harm.