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The IPCC’s Climate Solutions Report

Climate change—two simple words that are so innocuous, yet when combined are so dangerous that they might yet be carved on civilization’s gravestone:

Human Civilization.

Much loved.

Died from a sudden attack of climate change.

Jus’ keep on drillin’ that ol’ LNG hole…

 At the Energy Council of Canada's Vancouver April 14 breakfast Roundtable titled Powering British Columbia’s Natural Gas Facilities: Opportunities, Implications, Issues I once again felt caught in the draft of Deputy Premier Rich Coleman’s head-down bull charge to catch an LNG train he keeps insisting is about to leave the station - if it hasn’t already.

Fortis electric utility plans to slash its conservation programs in south-central BC

How quickly should a utility ramp up or down its energy conservation programs in response to changing circumstances?

FortisBC’s electric utility in south-central BC raised that question forcefully in its latest energy conservation plan, which it has submitted to the Utilities Commission for approval.

The Pacific Coast Climate Agreement: West Coast Progress

At the end of October, Christy Clark, BC’s Premier, signed a high profile agreement with the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California in which the four leaders make a strong and clear commitment to lead national and international policy on climate change. (1)

So what was in the agreement?

Obama’s Big Climate Speech - Did it Cut the Mustard?

 

First, the speech

By any standards, and compared to any speechmaking we’re used to in Canada, it was brilliant. Why, by contrast, are Canadian politicians so dull and pedestrian?

  • The open confession of Earth’s beauty: “That bright blue ball rising over the moon’s surface containing everything we hold dear, the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity, that’s what’s at stake.”

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?

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.
 

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

BCUC EV Charging Inquiry - Phase 1 Report

January 28th, 2018

The commission issued its report on phase one of the inquiry into EV charging services. Link. The important points that BCSEA and SCBC pushed were either accepted or punted to phase two. Highlights:

FortisBC’s Long Term Electricity Resource Plan

FortisBC’s Long Term Electricity Resource Plan

June 29th, 2018

The commission issued its decision on FBC's long term electricity resource plan (LTERP) yesterday. The plan addresses forecasts of energy and capacity needs, supply side resources and demand-side resources. BCSEA and SCBC intervened actively, including providing expert evidence (by Jim Grevatt) on DSM. Here are highlights of the decision from a sustainability perspective:

BCSEA Response to the CleanBC Plan

February 8, 2019
Tom Hackey, BCSEA's Policy Advisor
CleanBC: a big step forward for climate action in BC

The BC Sustainable Energy Association commends the Government of BC for CleanBC, its latest update to BC’s climate action plan.

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Summary highlights: