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Deliberate optimism: A sustainable energy outlook for BC in 2017

At first glance, the 2017 sustainable energy outlook for BC is grim.

kmprotest.jpgLast November, the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, now followed by a compliant BC government. First Nations and environmental groups are vowing to do what it takes to stop the pipeline from being built.

Celebrating Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes

Free Exhibition Opens January 14 at Kamloops Art Gallery

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association is proudly showcasing people who use sustainable energy resources and functions on a regular basis, in the Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes Exhibition. 

Dust collector, or blueprint for climate security and the renewable energy revolution?

Is the Trudeau government serious about its bold promise to cooperate internationally to cut greenhouse gas emissions and so limit harmful global warming to below 2 or even 1.5 degrees Celsius?

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.

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.