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BCSEA and CIET Collaborate on Energy Training Programs

October 22, 2013
BCSEA News

BCSEA and the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) have joined their effort to promote and deliver energy training programs in British Columbia.

CIET has been a leader in energy training for over 20 years. Based in Toronto, CIET has trained over 2,500 professionals and is the exclusive provider of the Association of Energy Engineer's certification programs, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).

PLEASE VOTE: your votes can help us win $80k for the Climate Change Showdown

Our Climate Change Showdown project is in the 3rd round of the Aviva Community Fund contest to win $80,000, but we urgently need to muster all the votes we can get; we are currently ranked 83rd in our category, and we need to lift ourselves into the top ten. We're up against schools where the whole school is voting, so we need to pull some magic out of our members and supporters!

To receive a daily voting reminder, click here. It makes it really easy to vote every day until the contest closes, which is what we need.

To vote in the Aviva contest, click here, and then register. Then enter acf16993 in the search box and you'll go straight to our Energy Superheroes contest page, where you can vote. 

 

These Students are Our Heroes

Yes, students at Walnut Road Elementary in Surrey, for winning the city’s 2012/13 Climate Change Showdown contest. YOU ARE OUR HEROES.

Manpreet Sanghara, teacher of the winning Grade 5/6 class at Walnut Road Elementary says, “I am very proud of my students for taking the time to make positive changes at home to conserve energy. Many students went above and beyond expectations and encouraged their parents to make these changes as well.”

Five Key Decisions for BC's New Government

Energy issues featured prominently in the recent provincial election, with strong accents on both audacious development and sustainability. The new government faces immediate decisions on a couple of key energy issues: liquefied natural gas exports and BC Hydro’s planning. What do these look like from a sustainability perspective?

Solar Grid Parity in BC - When will it Happen?

 From the first solar cells in 1883 with their 1% efficiency to today’s research lab cells that claim over 40% efficiency, the progress of the solar revolution has been bumpy and often uncomfortable for the major solar players, but it has been nonetheless steady.

Low Carbon Training Wheels: The Elusive World of Carbon Neutrality

 In April, BC’s Auditor General stirred the climate change debate with his report on the Pacific Carbon Trust.

In the debate that followed, however, the reason why it matters went missing. The driving reality behind the government’s commitment to carbon-neutral government are those ominous three words  - global climate change.

CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Dear Prospective Member of the BC Legislature,

Please, let’s not beat about the bush.

We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.

BCSEA Welcomes BC Government’s Commitment to Clean Energy Vehicles

 

The BC Sustainable Energy Association welcomes today’s announcement from BC Environment Minister Terry Lake that the government will continue BC’s successful electric vehicles program, and that the Clean Energy Vehicles Program will be retained for at least another 12 months.
 

The Future of Wind Energy in BC

It seems so natural that BC should be a leader when it comes to wind power. We have such huge resources, especially in BC’s northeast, but we seem to be stuck at 390 MW, compared to over 2,000 MW in Ontario and 1,648 MW in Quebec, which has similar constraints of huge hydro resources and cheap power.

There’s another 548 MW lining up to enter the grid by 2016, for a total of 938 MW, but compared to BC’s total power capacity of 43,000 MW, it’s still small game. In the same timeframe, Quebec will bring on 2500 MW.

And what about those other critical questions?

The Economic Risks of LNG Exports

We identify two baskets of economic risk with the BC LNG export scheme; the risk to capital and economic stability, and the net financial impact to household, commercial and industrial energy consumers.