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Wanted: Sustainable Energy Ideas!

Simple or Ingenious, Please Share Your Ideas

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) Kamloops Chapter seeks submissions from the public of images, written pieces, artworks, or short videos for a free public exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) called The Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes Exhibition. The exhibition runs from January 14, 2017 to March 18 in the free BMO Open Gallery. The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2016.

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. 

Solar Power’s Progress: From Greek Stories to Powering Entire Countries

 

Solar power has always fascinated mankind. The sun is an eternal power source and nothing on this earth comes to close to the majesty of the sun. Even our fables were centered on how harnessing the power of the sun could give man a power unmatched by none. The earliest reference to solar power is from the 3rd century, when supposedly Archimedes fought off Roman ships by using a contraption (similar to a magnifying glass) to set them on fire. This story maybe only a story but it is the earliest record of man flirting with the power of solar.

Fortis’ net metering program: transition to sustainable energy – or just too expensive?

Some net metering customers in south-central BC suffered a rude shock this April, when Fortis applied to the Utilities Commission to slash the rates it pays its net metering customers for annual net electricity they supply to the grid.

Fortis wants to change the rules to reflect what it calls the original purpose of the net metering program: i.e., to enable customers to offset their own consumption with their own renewable generation, rather than to provide a revenue generating opportunity for program participants.