BCSEA May, 2020 Newsletter

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Message from the Board - Paul Rasmussen

As we continue in an uncertain world due to the Covid-19 crisis, BCSEA wants to remind everyone that we still have lots of work to do to achieve a shift to sustainable energy in BC that is consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals set out in Paris in 2015.

Even though we are not able to organize live events for the foreseeable future, BCSEA is still working hard to create positive change in BC. We are still intervening at the BC Utilities Commission to urge BC’s utilities to engage in more energy conservation, and to build infrastructure that is consistent with a sustainable BC in the future. We’re still organizing educational webinars on a variety of subjects. And we’re still working on other ways to educate British Columbians about sustainable energy at both the provincial and chapter levels.

But we still need your support, whether as a volunteer or financially. Like many organizations, the Covid-19 crisis has been challenging for us, and if you aren’t already, we urge you to help us by becoming a member or donating to us.

Here are lots of other ways to get involved. If you are a sustainable energy expert who would like to share your knowledge or career experience with high school students, please connect with us through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re still looking for a new treasurer for our organization. If you have financial experience and want to help us out with this, check out our posting here. And we’re working on improving and updating our website and can use volunteers. If you’d like to help us either at the provincial level or with one of our chapters in Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, and the Okanagan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to become more informed about sustainable energy, we are always updating our Policy Corner with new information. As a member of BCSEA, you can check out our previous webinars here. And we have a new webinar scheduled for the end of the month - more information below.

Thanks, and please stay healthy in these challenging times!

CHAPTER UPDATES Vancouver Chapter

A Message from the WiSE Community Team

It’s that time of year when we would normally be hosting our annual Women in Sustainable Energy (WiSE) event. This year, of course, COVID-19 had other plans, and the only ‘WiSE’ thing to do is postpone. We still hope to host this well-loved mentorship event in 2020 and will be monitoring public health advisories to inform our event planning. We hope you’ll take part when it does happen! Until then, we hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.

Victoria Chapter

The Victoria Chapter is sorry to report that the Green Living Expo in which we had been planning to participate has now been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. But the preparation and planning we did this year sets us up for participating in the next Green Living Expo — hopefully next spring.

The Victoria Chapter is looking for ways to keep up interest and action for a sustainable world during the Covid-19 crisis. We are preparing a questionnaire for our chapter members and followers about what they would like to see from us

Okanagan Chapter

On April 4, the Okanagan Chapter, BCSEA, hosted an engagement between our task force, the City of Vernon, and members of the public. Check out the details here. Our chapter has also been working on our Sustainable Energy Task Force report and could use help collating the data. If this might be of interest to you, please contact us.

Cool It Updates

The Cool It! team have been working behind the scenes to develop an online version of our elementary and high school programs so that we can still support students and teachers during this time and provide them with activities to learn about climate change and reduce their carbon footprints.

Cool-It Spring Program Sponsors

We would like to say a very special thank you to our Spring program sponsors, especially our wonderful workshop funders who supported us to shift our program online and offer a modified version with the changes to BC education due to COVID-19.

Policy Corner BCSEA Calls for Conservation and Low-Carbon Electrification

BCSEA filed a 74-page final argument today in the Utilities Commission’s proceeding on BC Hydro’s revenue requirement application for fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021. This caps a 12-day oral hearing and thousands of pages of evidence and interrogatories.

Read More Upcoming Events Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Empowering BC Hydro to Lead (Webinar)

Learn from BCSEA’s regulatory team how they are tackling the hurdles holding up BC’s transformation from fossil fuels to clean electricity. May 26, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

2ND Canadian Low Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference

CUTRIC’s annual Low-Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference is the first conference of its kind in Canada. June 17-19, 2020.

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