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Message from the BCSEA's Board Chair - Jonathan Ho

As I'm sure you've heard from multiple directions, 2020 has been challenging like no other year in recent memory.  From Energy Connections to WISE, from our BCUC participation to the Cool It! Climate Leadership program, there is nothing the BCSEA does that hasn't been impacted by Covid-19. Despite the challenges, we have dedicated and engaged staff, volunteers, members, and sponsors who have pivoted to the new normal.  

Competing Visions for BC's Low Carbon Energy Future

What is the best way for British Columbia to achieve a low carbon energy future?

BCSEA strongly supports low carbon electrification, i.e. switching away from fossil fuels to BC’s almost-GHG-free electricity. BCSEA has called on the government to empower BC Hydro to lead in low carbon electrification in BC.[1]

But we don’t claim to know for certain what the best pathway would be. There are many trade-offs to be made between technologies regarding their costs and their effectiveness to reduce emissions while meeting our energy needs.

BCUC Grapples with Fast-Charging Rates

The BC Utilities Commission is now grappling with the rates that a public utility is allowed to charge EV drivers at public fast-charging stations. First up is the FortisBC utility that provides electricity to customers in south-central BC. Next will be BC Hydro.

BCUC Approves New Rate to Boost Electricity Load

On October 14, 2020, the BC Utilities Commission approved a new optional rate pilot program designed to incent large customers to increase their consumption of clean electricity.

GoByBike September 28 – October 4, 2020 & join the movement!

Register for GoByBike to get and fit, have fun & WIN prizes! Whether you are a solo rider, or riding with a team, simply log your trips and be eligible to win prizes!  Check your local communities for their GoBYBike events and contests.

COVID-19 & GoByBike: our priority is for the enjoyment, health, and safety of anyone participating in GoByBike (Sept. 28 – Oct. 4). Please follow the COVID-19 Provincial Health Officer guidelines and protocols, as well as any local municipal guidelines in your community.

Victoria Chapter Update September 2020

COVID-19 is still keeping the Victoria Chapter from many of its usual activities, as we act to keep safe and help limit the spread of the virus.

But we are monitoring sustainable energy action in our neighbourhood, for example: 

Message from the Board Chair - Jonathan Ho

In project management, we have a saying: “No plan survives first contact with implementation”.  It’s a recognition that no matter how much you think you’ve thought through everything, you won’t know what you didn’t think of until you try and implement it.

ELECTIONS BC 2020

All information below comes from the Elections BC website.  In the event of a discrepancy between this webpage and Elections BC, the Elections BC information will prevail.

1. When is the upcoming BC election?

Saturday, October 24, 2020, is British Columbia’s general voting date when polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.   Key election dates can be found here.

2. Voting Safely and COVID-19

BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund at Risk of Folding

BC Hydro has just recommended to the Utilities Commission that its Customer Crisis Fund (CCF) Pilot Program should not continue beyond its default end date in April 2021.

Implemented in May 2018, Hydro’s CCF Pilot Project gives small grants to BC Hydro customers who face disconnection for arrears in their electricity bills.

BC Hydro’s Clean Power 2040 call for public input

Have your say on BC Hydro's long term planning

BCSEA recommends that anyone interested in climate action or renewable energy should get involved in BC Hydro’s public consultations leading up to their long term (20-year) resource plan. There are a couple of reasons for this.