BCSEA and the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) have joined their effort to promote and deliver energy training programs in British Columbia.
CIET has been a leader in energy training for over 20 years. Based in Toronto, CIET has trained over 2,500 professionals and is the exclusive provider of the Association of Energy Engineer's certification programs, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).
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.
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.
Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to lead
June 2, 2020
More than 230 online participants took in BCSEA’s webinar on low-carbon electrification last week. The session was presented by BCSEA’s Tom Hackney (policy analyst) and Bill Andrews (lawyer), and introduced by BCSEA board chair Jonathan Ho.
The BC Utilities Commission today approved two new optional rates for electricity service by BC Hydro to operators of charging stations for fleets of electric vehicles or vessels. The new rates are aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the transportation sector by encouraging customers to convert their fleet vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean/renewable electricity.
Disappointing Phase 2 Interim Report of Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro
Last year, BCSEA wrote about the Phase 2 Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro. The important and ambitious purpose of the review included giving BC Hydro guidance on the critical issue of how it should implement the electrification called for in the 2018 CleanBC climate action plan.
BCSEA’s Board of Directors is currently recruiting for the position of Treasurer. We are looking for someone with both the passion for sustainable energy, and the training in accounting and financial planning, with experience in charitable organizations to serve a vital function within our organization. If this sounds like you, please read on for more information and how to apply.
British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association and COVID-19
The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) has been following recent developments regarding the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). As an organization that hosts events or participates in public meetings and other gatherings, involving employees, contractors, members, and volunteers, the BCSEA is mindful of our responsibilities to not contribute to the potential spread of Covid-19.
BCSEA filed its final argument today opposing BC Hydro’s application to the BC Utilities Commission to ban customers who propose “oversized generation” from joining the Net Metering program. For background, see: