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The Future Includes Cargo-Bikes - Ting-a-ling!

Cargo-Bikes - it’s got a nice ring to it. Ting-a-ling! If you do a Google image search on the phrase you’ll find a wonderful array of cargo-carrying bikes and trikes, from functional to fancy, cute to crazy.

WANTED: Mickey Methane and The Fugitives

 No, they’re not a rock band—they’re a planetary emergency, and a danger to us all. Micky Methane is #2 in the Ten Most Wanted Climate Criminals, along with Charlie Carbon, Nellie Nitrous Oxide, Freddie and the F Gases and Billy Black, also known as Sooty. They’re all packing heat, and need to be apprehended.

A Message from our Board Member - Arman Mottaghi

Last month had its fair share of news.  Aside from the infamous pair of mittens, I'm certain I was not the only one absorbed by stock market news where millions of people collectively made small investments for personal gain.

There are widely varying perspectives and opinions on the events surrounding GameStop and Robinhood.  But one thing that we can all appreciate is the power of the internet.  The collective desire to make positive change becomes a vital force when coordinated.

90,000 LED Street Lights to Replace Old Ones Containing PCBs

BCSEA is intervening in a BCUC rates proceeding regarding a new BC Hydro program to replace some 90,000 existing street lights with LED technology. The street lights are owned by BC Hydro and are attached to BC Hydro’s power distribution poles.

City of Kamloops - Curbside Organic Waste Collection

City of Kamloops

Kamloops City Council decided in November to pursue a curbside organic waste collection program in a phased approach, pending approval of grants.  We here at BCSEA were happy to help out recently with a letter supporting one of the City’s funding applications. Good luck with that!  We know how many Kamloops residents are eager to have a curbside organics program.

 

January 21, 2021 

Dear: Grant Adjudicators 

Re: CleanBC’s Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program, Residential Curbside  Collection Stream 

Message from our Board Director – Olga Kosarewicz

On behalf of the BCSEA Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers - we wish you and your family a year full of health, success, and happiness.  Welcome to 2021!

BCSEA commends FortisBC-electric for DSM during pandemic

BCSEA filed its final argument in the BCUC proceeding regarding FortisBC’s rates for 2020 and 2021 late last week. Based on the financial evidence, BCSEA supported approval of rate increases of 1.0% for 2020 and 4.36% percent for 2021.

Message from the BCSEA's Board Chair - Jonathan Ho

As I'm sure you've heard from multiple directions, 2020 has been challenging like no other year in recent memory.  From Energy Connections to WISE, from our BCUC participation to the Cool It! Climate Leadership program, there is nothing the BCSEA does that hasn't been impacted by Covid-19. Despite the challenges, we have dedicated and engaged staff, volunteers, members, and sponsors who have pivoted to the new normal.  

Competing Visions for BC's Low Carbon Energy Future

What is the best way for British Columbia to achieve a low carbon energy future?

BCSEA strongly supports low carbon electrification, i.e. switching away from fossil fuels to BC’s almost-GHG-free electricity. BCSEA has called on the government to empower BC Hydro to lead in low carbon electrification in BC.[1]

But we don’t claim to know for certain what the best pathway would be. There are many trade-offs to be made between technologies regarding their costs and their effectiveness to reduce emissions while meeting our energy needs.