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Efficiency

Victoria wows with 100% Renewables

BCSEA Victoria organized 2 events and partnered to organize the 5th annual Creatively United for the Planet festival which was held on April 16th and is billed as “North America’s largest non-profit Earth Week festival”.

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).

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.

Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream

Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute

April 9, 2015
InsideClimate News

The United States could run almost entirely on clean energy by 2050, with a larger economy, $5 trillion in savings––and no acts of Congress. That's a vision of the future as seen by Amory Lovins, a sustainability expert who talked about how to reach that goal in a presentation Tuesday at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Electric vehicles, retrofits, the sharing economy and the rise of clean energy in Europe and China—all these technologies and trends show how a transition from oil, coal and nuclear power is possible, he said.

The Global Solar PV Market Hit 177GW in 2014, A Tenfold Increase From 2008

March 31, 2015
Green Tech Media

By the end of 2014, total installed capacity for solar PV globally amount to at least 177 gigawatts, up from nearly 140 gigawatts in 2013, according to the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS).

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

February 27, 2015
The Energy Collective

Property-assessed clean energy loans for homes rebounded in a big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in 2015, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new life to residential energy efficiency. 

How to Cut Your Electricity Bills in Half - A Kaslo Story

Andy and Gail with their new solar system
By Andy Shadrack, with Gail Bauman

 

We live in Kaslo, a jewel of a community nestled on the shore of Kootenay Lake in the mountain forests north of Nelson, in the West Kootenays. We have a 900 square foot house, and our daughter left home in 1996.

Bloomberg Explores The Connected Home

November 28, 2014
Cleantechnica.com

Will we really be able to talk to our fridges? Will your hot water heater call you to ask when you're coming home? Here is an interview in which the Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Colin McKerracher sits down to explain the connected home.