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Commission Accepts FortisBC-Gas Long-term Plan

The BCUC accepted FortisBC Energy Inc.'s 2017 long-term gas resource plan, in a decision released on February 25, 2019. After a year-long proceeding, in which BCSEA-SCBC filed expert evidence, the Commission found that FEI's met the requirements of the Utilities Commission Act. Issues included: GHG emissions, load forecasting, demand-side management, biomethane, natural gas for transportation, and innovative technologies. The plan serves as a guideline for the future. The Commission's acceptance of the plan does not constitute approval of any specific initiatives.

BCUC ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate

BCUC Ends FBC Residential Conservation Rate

FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 DSM Expenditure Schedule

On March 4, 2019, the BC Utilities Commission accepted FortisBC Inc.'s 2019-2022 demand-side management expenditure schedule, as supported by BCSEA and SCBC. The DSM budget is for $44-million over the four-year period. This spending envelope is slightly higher than FBC anticipated in its most recent (2016) long-term resource plan, due to new efficiency programs for cannabis production facilities. 

BC's new ZEV standard - modeled on California or Quebec?

19 February 2019

To:  Christina Ianniciello, Director, Clean Transportation Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

by email: christina.ianniciello@gov.bc.ca Dear Ms. Ianniciello,

Re: BC Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard – Request for Input

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the government’s proposed ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) Standard.

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:

BC Hydro Net Metering update

BC Hydro Net Metering update

January 9th, 2019

The BC Utilities Commission directed BC Hydro to file a net metering application by April 30, 2019, rejecting BCHydro's request for a July 31 deadline. BCHydro says it will conduct consultation on net metering after the public release of the report on phase one of the government's 'comprehensive review' of BC Hydro (expected any day now.)

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:

Energy Forum Party Candidate Webinar for the 2017 BC Provincial Election

On April 21, 2017 the BCSEA hosted a 2017 Election webinar on behalf of the Energy Forum, with representatives from the three major political parties. The Energy Forum is a collaboration of British Columbian power producers, industry associations, and non-government organizations that are working together to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the nexus of energy, climate and ecosystems.