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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.

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.

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.

BCSEA Supports Net Metering

March 13, 2020
Bill Andrews, Barrister and Solicitor

BCSEA Supports Net Metering

March 12, 2020

 

BCSEA filed its final argument today opposing BC Hydro’s application to the BC Utilities Commission to ban customers who propose “oversized generation” from joining the Net Metering program. For background, see

Victoria Chapter - Update on Government Action

Happy new year from the Victoria Chapter team!

Our first event for 2020 will be an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero-Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Get the inside scoop and ask questions.

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE KOOTENAYS

The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious.  This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention.