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Clean Energy and the Case for Hope – A Success!

100% renewable can happen sooner than you think!

The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held a film night on May 25.  This was the latest in a monthly series called Films For Change, sponsored by the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and in its second year.  The Sustainability Office provides the venue and marketing assistance for a sustainability-related community group to show a film every month.  Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the community group. 

Breaking the Expensive Sticker Stigma: Solar Panels of the Future

An estimated 784,000 homes in the United States rely on a solar energy system as the main source of energy for their home. The installation of solar panels by homeowners seems to be steadily increasing over time, and this can be largely attributed to advances in solar technology and the increasing availability and affordability of solar panels.

Break into the Renewable Energy Industry!

Canada isn’t usually considered a world leader when it comes to modern renewable energy.  Its abundant big hydro, along with fossil energy resources, has made it a less than urgent priority over the past couple of decades.  However, one area that has seen renewable energy flourish is in its education sector.

BCSEA's Climate Leadership Plan Recommendations

BCSEA's 5 recommendations for a strong Climate Leadership Plan
 

BCSEA's recommendations ensure a government that is committed to combatting climate change, one that revives B.C.'s status as a Climate Leader. We urge British Columbians to give their input. The Government has extended the deadline for public consultation until noon on April 8th.

Give the B.C. Government your input by clicking here.

 

Why allow EVs in HOV lanes?

The recent announcement that electric vehicles (EVs) will be allowed in HOV lanes seemed to provoke a number of negative comments from traditional car drivers. The obvious question is: why should EV drivers get a break?
 

Calling ‘Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes’!

Local group seeks public submissions for new exhibition at Kamloops Art Gallery

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is excited to announce a new exhibition which will highlight and celebrate people who use sustainable energy resources and functions on a regular basis. Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes will take place January 14th to March 18th, 2017 at the free BMO Open Gallery of the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG).

Solar Compass Project Moves Ahead

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon showcase a transformative new “solar roadway” technology, so new that it may be the first in Canada. A team of faculty, staff and students has learned that the Solar Compass project will receive funding of $36,000 from the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund and the project will now go ahead. The new technology involves thick glass plates that can be walked or driven on and have an embedded photovoltaic layer.

Is 100% Renewable Energy Possible? Ask the Danes.

As I outlined last week in my article, Fun with Numbers: Shaking the Fossil Fuel Addiction, four-fifths of BC’s energy needs are currently met by fossil fuel energy.

Fun with numbers: Shaking the fossil fuel addiction

There has been a lot in the news recently about the need to address climate change and reduce our carbon emissions, in BC, in Canada and around the world.

Renewable natural gas program examined by utilities commission

BC Sustainable Energy Association and Sierra Club BC having been weighing in on the future of FortisBC Energy Inc.’s Renewable Natural Gas program at the BC utilities commission. Renewable natural gas is a non-fossil fuel alternative to fossil-fuel natural gas that FEI customers can voluntarily purchase. In this article I’ll explain how the renewable natural program works, and then highlight the debate at the utilities commission.