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Pioneers of Sustainability: A Road Trip Across Canada

car_wagon1.jpgWhat are the first thoughts that come to mind when you hear the words “road trip across Canada”? Most likely, you’ll think of something like a narrow road stretching far into the horizon, cutting through a mountainous landscape blanketed with evergreen forests, majestic lakes and pristine rivers. An iconic Volkswagen Westfalia rumbles and growls its way across the landscape while the stereo blasts Fleetwood Mac.

Groups support low income electricity rates

BCSEA and Sierra Club BC endorsed a package of measures designed to help low-income customers of BC Hydro, in a BC utilities commission proceeding in October. The two groups threw their weight behind the BC Old Age Pensioners Organization (BCOAPO) and other groups represented by the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BC PIAC) who are asking the commission to assist the hundreds of thousands of BC men, women and children who are struggling to cope with the high and rising costs of electricity service from BC Hydro.

THE BIG TOWN HALL: Full to the Brim!

The BCSEA Victoria Chapter hosted 'THE BIG TOWN HALL: Saanich: Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy' on Saturday October 29th, together with partners Sierra Club BC and SFU Renewable Cities. And it was just that; BIG! Big attendance, with over 135 attendees clustered in round tables listening to highly credible speakers and putting their minds to work on how Saanich could accomplish the goal of 100% renewable energy. At this Town Hall, we began the most crucial first step in convincing Saanich to adopt a 100% RE policy with the mobilization of public officials and the general public. 

Moving Forwards from BC’s Climate (lack of) Leadership Plan

Climate leadership can take on many roles: it involves setting realistic targets rooted in scientific principles, developing an effective plan to achieve those objectives, and perhaps most important of all, inspiring citizens to take meaningful climate action.

Climate leadership can be carried out at different scales; most notably governments should be responsible for leading by example, therefore encouraging citizens to follow along their footsteps.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: BCSEA pushes better net metering rules

‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,’ BCSEA and Sierra Club BC told the BC utilities commission in a late September argument on FortisBC’s electricity net metering program. FortisBC wants approval to ban net metering customers from having generating equipment big enough to regularly generate an annual surplus of net energy. BCSEA and Sierra Club told the regulator that an annual net surplus is not a problem. In fact, they said, it is highly desirable, assuming the price is reasonable and the equipment is below the maximum 50 kW generator size.

Volunteer Opportunity - BCSEA Kamloops Chapter Steering Committee

BCSEA Kamloops is looking for two or three volunteers to join our steering committee!

BCSEA is a provincial organization, but each chapter is semi-autonomous, choosing our own activities and managing our own funds.  The steering committee is the decision-making and organizing group for the local chapter: we are volunteers who work together organizing Kamloops events and initiatives, spreading the message of a renewable energy future, reduced dependence on fossil fuels and the urgency of climate change.  

Announcement: Change in Executive Director

 

Dear Reader,

 

aligrovue.jpgOn behalf of the BCSEA Board, Chapters and membership, I would like to notify you regarding a change in the Executive Director position. Ali Grovue has decided to step down as Executive Director effective September 30th, 2016, and the BCSEA Board is very pleased to announce that Jessica McIlroy will be stepping into the role as of October 1st, 2016.

Price cut approved for Renewable Natural Gas

In early August, the BC utilities commission approved a cut in the price of Renewable Natural Gas purchased by gas customers. BC Sustainable Energy Association and Sierra Club BC supported the move in a lengthy proceeding initiated by natural gas utility FortisBC Energy Inc.

BCSEA Chapters show continued strength at Kinder Morgan Meetings

As the TMX Ministerial Panel made its way across British Columbia this summer, holding consultation meetings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, three of BCSEA’s Chapters spoke of our belief that Canada has no need for expanded pipeline capacity and should instead focus on a transition to clean, renewable energy.