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BC Hydro 2021 IRP: Delayed Filing?

Until the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Hydro had been adamant that it would file its 2021 long-term Integrated Resources Plan with the BCUC by the end of February 2021. However, in a July 29, 2020, briefing to the IRP Technical Advisory Committee, BC Hydro said it contemplates a September 2021 filing date.

Breaking News: Bill 17 Stalled

Bill 17, the Clean Energy Amendment Act, 2020, will not go to second reading in the Legislature. Energy minister Bruce Ralston reportedly hit the pause button after Green Party MLAs who hold the balance of power in the Legislature refused to support the bill.

Confidential 100% Clean Energy document publicly released

On August 3, 2020, Powerex, BC Hydro’s electricity marketing subsidiary, publicly released a previously confidential “100% Clean Energy Standard Discussion Paper” dated October 2019. The proposal, submitted to the BC Government’s Phase 2 Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro, recommends that the government adopt a commitment to serve 100% of its annual demand with clean electricity.

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.

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.