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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. 

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.”

BC’s Climate Leadership Plan: cute graphics; no plan

The Ministry of Environment graphics department has done its best. Cute silhouette graphics show how turtles, hikers and bunnies can happily coexist with helicopters, factories and container ships. Photos of eagles and green forests reinforce the bright and cheery prose.

Musk's Magnificent Master Plan, Part Deux

Last month, Tesla dropped the ‘Motors’ from its name, sending out a tsunamic wave of speculation across the online tech and news sphere. Shortly after, low and behold, Musk reveals his Master Plan, Part Deux (a cheeky reference to Hot Shots! Part Deux), the first of several ‘big reveals’ Tesla and Musk have made in the past month.

BCUC Fortis Net Metering Update: Profit's not the priority

In June, we described Fortis electric’s application to the Utilities Commission for permission to change its net metering tariff, including slashing the rate Fortis pays customers for year-end credit balances.