A look back at 2017, and on to a bright year ahead

Dear PAOV,

As we move in to the holiday period we often take stock of the year that has passed and our hopes for the year that is to come. Here in British Columbia we have seen the sustainable energy industry continue to grow and with the election of a new Provincial Government we hope that 2018 will see it continue to advance and strengthen.

The BCSEA is entering in to the New Year with a renewed focus and purpose and we hope that 2018 will be period of growth for the organization. After 13 years as a not-for-profit the BCSEA is today a registered charity and we are excited for the opportunities that are now open to us as we work to advance the adoption of sustainable energy solutions. This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without... the hard work and dedication of staff, directors and volunteers over many years and we thank them all.

In our last year as a not-for-profit we delivered our second Energy Connections conference which saw over 150 industry leaders, engaged citizens and volunteers convene in dialogue and relationship building to focus on sustainable energy opportunities in communities. In collaboration with our Chapters and sponsors, we also hosted over 30 events as part of Green Energy Doors Open which showcased individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects across the Province.

We delivered quarterly webinars on the STEP Code, High Performance Housing, Renewable Natural Gas and the Provincial Election which were all extremely successful. Thanks to support from our sponsors these webinars continue to deliver high quality information and expertise for free to those who would otherwise be unable to access it. We continue to represent the interests of the rate payers here in BC through our BC Utilities Commission intervention work and this year alone Tom Hackney and Bill Andrews have intervened in 12 proceedings on a range of issues including electricity rates and Electricity Resources Plans.

Our extremely popular educational children’s program Cool It! Climate Leadership Training (previously known as the Climate Change Showdown) continues to grow and since 2007 the program has delivered 2727 workshops, has reached 70,000 students, lowering greenhouse gas emissions in BC by an estimated 43,907 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2e).

The BCSEA is a grassroots organisation and central to its success are the Chapters who work tirelessly to bring events, initiatives and education to their respective communities. Through its outreach and educational projects the Kamloops Chapter continued to demonstrate that we can all live well while reducing our use of fossil fuels and the Sustainable Heroes exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery was a great success. The chapter was also the community partner for the Solar Compass project at Thompson Rivers University demonstrating that energy generation can be embedded in our everyday lives.

The Victoria Chapter continues to lead the charge for 100% Renewable Energy for all municipalities on Southern Vancouver Island and in October 2017 the District of Saanich was the second municipality to adopt the target. The chapter hosted a number of events during the year including tours of projects such as the Meredith Net Zero Energy Retrofit as part Green Energy Doors Open, giving the local community opportunities to see sustainable energy in action.

The Vancouver Chapter delivered a successful Provincial Election Awareness Campaign which graded the platforms of 11 parties on their sustainable energy initiatives enabling voters to become better informed on sustainable energy policies. Through its events such as Women in Sustainable Energy (WISE) and the Green Energy Doors Open Launch Party, the Chapter continues to facilitate networking opportunities for the growing number of people making the leap into renewable energy, helping hundreds to connect with Vancouver’s growing industry.

The Okanagan Chapter continues to inspire through their hard work and bring hope for a sustainable future through events, parades and tours of solar facilities throughout the region. The chapter hosted tours for Green Energy Doors Open as well as educational evenings on energy solutions such as battery storage.

We are excited for the year ahead as we explore new opportunities for the BCSEA and beyond and we will continue to work hard on behalf of our dedicated members, and with our partners and supporters, to advocate for meaningful climate action and enable clean energy investment. Get ready for an exciting year ahead! Your support and work with us will galvanize an even better year for sustainability.

We wish you the very best this holiday season, and look forward to building a cleaner, greener 2018 with you.


Laura Jones, Interim Executive Director
British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association

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