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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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).
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.