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Opinion

Zero-Carbon Heat for Buildings—How is it Possible?

How will we heat our buildings when we no longer use fossil fuels? It’s a really big and urgent question that is rarely discussed.

Last week I had to address the problem for Island Health, whose facilities managers are working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of their hospitals and other buildings on Vancouver Island, here in British Columbia.

How do you heat a hospital, if you are not using oil or natural gas?

Proposed BC LNG Exports

Extracts from a keynote panel presentation by Nigel Protter MBA, at the 9th annual BC Power Summit, held May 7, 2014, in Vancouver.

This two-day conference was led off by a keynote panel featuring Doug Little, BC Hydro’s Vice-President of Energy Planning and Economic Development; Keith Sashaw, President and CEO, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC; and myself.

Storm and Drought

What a great report!

The US National Climate Assessment is clear, definitive, and very straightforward.

The warnings are stark, and will be no surprise to BCSEA readers. If we fail to act, and to do so decisively, the increase in heat waves will become even more brutal.

Parts of the US southwest will become a permanent dustbowl as soil moisture falls. The deluges of rain will become more frequent. The sea level could rise by up to four feet by the end of the century, threatening the homes of five million people.

Stanford scientist unveils 50-state plan to transform U.S. to renewable energy

February 26, 2014
Stanford News

Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have created a 50-state roadmap for replacing coal, oil and natural gas with wind, water and solar energy.

 

Climate Zombies Alert

On Friday, September 27th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, Part 1 of its Fifth Assessment Report.  The actual report will be available here on September 30th. 

 

In the run-up to its release, climate zombies around the world have been in panic mode, spreading disinformation, lies and nonsense in an attempt to confuse you as to the clearly established scientific truth about climate change. Warning: do not be fooled by these false reports. They are dangerous to your mental health, and to the health of the planet. More....

 

Site C Hydro Electric Project BC Utilities Commission Review

Letter to Party Leaders John Horgan and Andrew Weaver

Dear Mr. Horgan and Dr. Weaver,

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) heartily applauds your parties’ decision to refer the Site C hydro electric project to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) for review. 

Fortis BC Community Solar Pilot Project

Solar For All?

Can you join the solar energy revolution if you don’t have your own sun-exposed roof? Can you dip in, without having to spend big bucks for a complete system?

The Fortis electric utility in south-central BC wants its customers to be able to say “yes” to both questions.

Fortis is proposing a Community Solar Pilot Project that is now before the BC Utilities Commission for approval. The physical part of the project is a 720 panel, 240 kilowatt solar PV generating facility at the Ellison substation in the north end of Kelowna, estimated to cost $961,000.

Kinder Morgan – Economic Boon or Boondoggle?

On May 2nd, 2017, a public debate took place at Vancouver Public Library on the question of whether Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) would bring a net economic benefit to Canada, or would instead be a boondoggle – a useless waste of money.

Competing visions of climate action – let the contest begin

screen_shot_2017-02-08_at_9.35.19_pm.pngWith Clean Growth Climate Action, the BC New Democrats have just announced their intention to weigh in seriously on climate action and renewable energy transition in BC.