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Policy

Our Energy Future: BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan

BC Hydro is releasing its Integrated Resource Plan. I expect it will be posted on the BC Hydro website on or around 28 May.

"The IRP will establish BC Hydro's plan for conservation and set its course for acquiring sufficient generation and transmission resources to reliably and cost-effectively meet customers' anticipated future electricity needs."

BC’S Natural Gas Strategy: Bad for the climate, weak on jobs

The BC government's newly released natural gas strategy will increase greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, not reduce them, as claimed in British Columbia's Natural Gas Strategy, released on Friday February 3rd 2012.

 

"Methane leaks from the extraction of natural gas are a huge driver of climate change,” said Guy Dauncey, Executive Director of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, “and the evidence appears to show that the extraction of shale gas produces up to twice as many fugitive methane emissions as conventional gas. It is essential that ways be found to control and capture these emissions.”

 

Opportunity to Support Transit at Public Budget Meetings

Kamloops readers may have heard about the transit proposal that will be discussed at tomorrow’s Council meeting. Our transit system has three sources of funding: the City of Kamloops (local taxpayers), BC Transit (provincial funds), and the transit riders who pay to use the system. BC Transit has offered thousands of additional transit hours, meaning BC Transit is offering to pay their share of the partnership funding arrangement for improvements to transit service. The City of Kamloops has to decide if we want to pay our share too, to allow the improvements to go ahead.

Sustainable Energy Dilemmas at the BC Utilities Commission

Much of BCSEA’s work before the BC Utilities Commission is to support clearly good things like energy efficiency and conservation, when BC Hydro or FortisBC bring forward their plans.

But some issues involve difficult trade-offs between our vision of a completely greenhouse gas free energy system and the on-the-ground difficulties of achieving some GHG reductions while maintaining the energy services that society demands. 

U.S. Proposes To Double Auto Fuel Economy By 2025

November 18, 2011
Reuters

 The Obama administration proposed on Wednesday doubling auto fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, a White House energy priority that has come under scrutiny in Congress.

2012 BC Building Code and Policy Surveys

The BC Government invites your thoughts and opinions on a number of changes to the BC Building Code as well as several conceptual issues related to the development and construction industry. You can choose to participate in as many of the components as you like. Both consultations will be available online until December 16th at 4:30 p.m.

What’s Up with BC Hydro?

 By Tom Hackney and Bill Andrews

 

The big energy policy events this year so far have involved BC Hydro and its rates, and political interventions on electricity policy. The major outcome, likely to become known after cabinet meets this fall, will probably be a change from the current policy of strongly supporting renewable energy development and exports. BCSEA is preparing for a season of policy work defending energy conservation and renewable energy in a new, more cost-constrained environment, where sustainable energy may be valued much lower than other political goals.