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First Nations Announce Over $25 Million in New Renewable Energy Investments to Decarbonize Their Coastal Communities

Coast Funds, Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation, Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, and the Province of British Columbia announced over $25 million in new First Nations’ investments to transition coastal communities from dependence on fossil fuel-powered electricity to sustainable, locally powered renewable energy systems, eliminating over 175,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Book Review - The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress

Book Review by Tom Hackney, BCSEA Policy Advisor

The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress

by Dr. Mark Jaccard

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a tough, informed assessment of the most critical policies to tackle climate change effectively.

Kamloops Chapter Active Despite Social Distancing

In mid-March when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the Kamloops Chapter was planning on doing two Electric Vehicle shows but of course those had to be cancelled.  We’ve been looking for other ways to advance our mandate during the pandemic and recently found one thing: offering recommendations to local decision-makers through writing letters.

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to Lead

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to lead

June 2, 2020

More than 230 online participants took in BCSEA’s webinar on low-carbon electrification last week. The session was presented by BCSEA’s Tom Hackney (policy analyst) and Bill Andrews (lawyer), and introduced by BCSEA board chair Jonathan Ho.

BCSEA'S OKANAGAN CHAPTER AND THE CITY OF VERNON - VIRTUAL MEETING

BCSEA'S OKANAGAN CHAPTER AND THE CITY OF VERNON - VIRTUAL MEETING

BCSEA Calls for Conservation and Low-Carbon Electrification

BCSEA Calls for Conservation and Low-Carbon Electrification

May 4, 2020

BCSEA filed a 74-page final argument today in the Utilities Commission’s proceeding on BC Hydro’s revenue requirement application for fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021. This caps a 12-day oral hearing and thousands of pages of evidence and interrogatories.

Interim Report Not Adequate

Interim Report Not Adequate, Says BCSEA

April 14, 2020

BCSEA provided a lengthy brief to the BC Ministry of Energy and BC Hydro today, in response to the March 2020 Interim Report on the Government’s “Comprehensive Review” of BC Hydro, Phase 2.  The brief and cover letters are attached below.

Fleet EV Charging Rates Approved by BCUC

March 26, 2020
British Columbia Utilities Commission

Fleet EV Charging Rates Approved by BCUC

March 26, 2020

The BC Utilities Commission today approved two new optional rates for electricity service by BC Hydro to operators of charging stations for fleets of electric vehicles or vessels. The new rates are aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector by encouraging customers to convert their fleet vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean/renewable electricity.

Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro - Disappointing Phase 2 Interim Report

March 24, 2020
BCSEA

24 March 2020

Disappointing Phase 2 Interim Report of Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro

Last year, BCSEA wrote about the Phase 2 Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro.[1] The important and ambitious purpose of the review included giving BC Hydro guidance on the critical issue of how it should implement the electrification called for in the 2018 CleanBC climate action plan.