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May 15, 2019 0

Site Visit tickets are officially sold out!

On Thursday, June 6th we will be trekking to Columbia Power Brilliant Dam & Expansion, Nelson Community Solar Garden & Hydro Plant, as well as Waneta Dam for a full day of excursions led by some of the industry’s top experts.

Tickets for the Operations Workshop on Tuesday, June 4th and the general Conference on Wednesday, June 5th are still available but are selling quickly.

The full-day Workshop will be focusing on four different sessions:

  1. Myth Busters
  2. BC First Nations Clean Energy Tool Kit
  3. Energy Sovereignty and Financing Projects
  4. Electrification of Transportation

Speakers include Judith Sayers, member of the Hupacasath First Nation and Strategic Advisor, Peter Leighton of RE Royalties, and Pete Thimmaiah of Plug In BC.

We are excitedly anticipating two special keynote speakers for the conference: Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA, Leader of the Green Party and Sophie Pierre, member of the Ktunaxa Nation, former Chief of the ʔAq̓am Nation and former Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission.

Join in on the festivities, expand your network by connecting with clean energy industry professionals, and learn more about all the emerging trends in clean tech and renewable energy from June 4th – 6th in Trail by registering today!

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May 7, 2019 0

May 7, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia

For Immediate Release

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting their spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, BC from June 4th – 6th. CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members.  This immersive event showcases the technologies, solutions and job opportunities from the Province of BC’s CleanBC plan released in November 2018.

“Our region has a proud history of sustainable energy, which started in 1897 with West Kootenay Power and Light when it was given approval to generate power at Bonnington Falls for the Rossland mines. This reliable energy has powered industry for generations and paved the way for innovative, sustainable infrastructure for our future.” – Mary Austin, Austin Engineering

The association is excited to have support from the government and a keynote speech from the Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA. Indigenous leader, former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre, will be delivering a keynote speech on June 5th. The conference focuses on the opportunities with CleanBC as well as the Kootenays’ legacy of engineering excellence and how the plethora of clean energy projects impact clean tech innovation in the region.

Mary Austin of Austin Engineering will be co-chairing Powering Generations with Clean Energy BC’s Chair, Isabelle Deguise of BluEarth Renewables Inc.

“Clean Energy BC is excited to bring its spring conference to the Kootenays to showcase communities that have thrived for generations on renewable energy and paved the way for our transition to a clean economy.” – Isabelle Deguise, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Powering Generations includes a workshop that is being co-hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety’s Executive Director Montana Burgess on Tuesday June 4th . This full-day workshop is catered towards community leaders, local government, First Nations leaders and clean energy industry professionals who are interested in partnering to facilitate progress. Order of Canada recipient and clean energy champion, Kekinusuqs Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, will be leading a session. The workshop dispels myths of renewable energy and explores the practical steps of how to achieve the transition to 100% renewable energy.

“Five local governments in the West Kootenay region of BC have already said yes to 100% renewable energy, a stronger economy, and healthier and safer communities. I’m excited to showcase our local leadership and help bring clean energy champions from other parts of BC together to encourage learning, sharing and innovation.” – Montana Burgess, West Kootenay Ecological Society

Global renewable energy trends and clean technology development will impact the Province of BC’s road to achieving the vision of CleanBC. Powering Generations will illuminate the many plausible paths that are involved in the future of CleanBC, including how to improve labour readiness to take advantage of the exciting job opportunities and economic development.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit the Midas 3D Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility. The final day of the conference will conclude with touring a wide range of the region’s clean energy projects including Nelson Hydro, Nelson Solar, Brilliant Dam and Waneta Dam.


For media inquiries please contact:
Jennifer Palfery, Program Coordinator


May 7, 2019 0

Representatives from the clean energy sector from across the country are coming to Trail next month for the Clean BC conference which runs June 4-6 at the Best Western. Local students from Selkirk College are also invited as well as not-for-profits, local government and First Nations.

The conference is called Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future and will include some site visits to local dams, the Nelson Solar Farm, and the Midas 3D lab. It’s hosted by Clean Energy BC which describes itself as an industry association that has been the voice of BC’s clean energy industry for over 25 years.

One local member is Austin Engineering’s Mary Austin, whose great work has helped bring the conference to Trail. It’s the first event being held outside the lower mainland explains Operations and Policy Manager, Anitra Paris.

“We’ve been having an annual signature conference in the fall called Generate and that’s been happening for, I want to say for over 10 years, but this is the first time we’re having a road show. We haven’t’ actually gone out into the Province,” Paris explained.

Trail is a great location for the first event.

“Trail is this amazing confluence of a history of clean energy projects,” explained Paris. “There are some projects that are over 100 years old and there’s also some really interesting cutting edge clean technology that’s going on, like the Midas 3D printing lab.”

The keynote speakers are Indigenous leader, Chief Sophie Pierre and Doctor Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party.

“The nice thing about this conference is the practical, how-to, on the ground energy projects and electrification of transportation and electrification of homes,” said Paris. “He’ll (Dr. Weaver) most likely be talking about how to get to the low-carbon economy and how do we actually achieve this Clean BC plan.”

The province’s plan sets some ambitious targets to reduce Green House Gas emissions through making homes more energy efficient and converting to electric vehicles. Another presentation will look at the types of jobs and training needed to fulfill the plan.

There are special rates available for students, not-for-profits, local governments, and First Nations to attend. There’s more information here.

by Alex Skultety

“Clean BC conference comes to Trail next month” originally featured on My Kootenay Now on May 1st 2019. 


April 1, 2019 0

Clean Energy BC will celebrating the culmination of the spring season with our Operations Workshop and Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 13th.

Whether you’re a plant operator, supervisor, manager, project developer, or simply interested in operations, join us on June 13th to learn more about the many wind, solar, biomass and hydro plants that are sprinkled throughout British Columbia.

This workshop will foster invigorating dialogue centered on topics such as new equipment in the industry, emerging tools, innovative ideas, and even challenges faced by these operations.

This is an ideal networking opportunity for those in the clean energy industry who have any burning questions to be answered and perspectives to be shared.

Registration for the Operations Workshop includes the Keynote Luncheon with BC’s Innovation Commissioner, Dr. Alan Winter. Dr. Winter was appointed BC’s first Innovation Commissioner in 2018 and has since been acting as BC’s tech ambassador. His role includes developing relationships, encouraging investment, and promoting innovation in British Columbia.

Dr. Winter will be speaking about new opportunities for tech companies in BC, fostering innovation across industries to diversify the province’s economy, and generating jobs for British Columbians.

Clean technology and innovation is a vital investment that will help pave the way for renewable energy projects to thrive in BC, creating lasting partnerships and spearheading the fight against climate change.

Do not miss out on this unparalleled networking and learning opportunity!

Register Today!


March 7, 2019 0

The BC Energy Step Code could deliver up to 1,700 jobs as local manufacturing & construction industries pivot towards sustainability

March 7, 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. – Today, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) launched the Green Building Market Forecast, a report quantifying the potential economic impact of the BC Energy Step Code (ESC) in Metro Vancouver. The study identified a $3.3 billion market opportunity resulting from materials and manufacturing for newly constructed buildings to meet the energy requirements of the ESC between 2019–2032.

“Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the world today, and ambitious policies create huge new market opportunities,” says VEC CEO Catherine Warren. “With our engineering and construction know-how, the Vancouver region is ideally positioned to develop its local manufacturing sector to serve the green building industry.” The global market for green building products is estimated to rise as high as $350 billion a year by 2020.

“We are committed to making Vancouver homes and buildings healthier, greener and more efficient through our Zero Emissions Building Plan and green building targets and actions. In 2013, the World Green Building Council honoured Vancouver by announcing that we have the greenest building policies of anywhere in the world, and since then we have continued to show leadership, innovate, build local skills and increase energy efficiency in buildings. The new VEC report highlights the benefits of our actions, not only because it is good for the environment, but because it helps create local, good-paying jobs.”

— Doug Smith, Sustainability Director, City of Vancouver

The economic impact of the ESC includes the potential to create 925 well-paying, sustainable manufacturing jobs throughout B.C., and at least 770 ongoing installation jobs in Metro Vancouver. The report also states that B.C. and Vancouver businesses should act now to take advantage of markets with similar climates and advanced green building codes, including those in the Cascadia megaregion, and throughout North America.

The ESC provides a predictable pathway for market transformation towards net-zero energy ready buildings. The steps were developed over two years through a consensus-building process, supported by energy modelling and analysis. The VEC built on this analysis to forecast the market demand for building products and technologies. The resulting report was tool was developed in consultation with a wide range of real estate and construction industry experts, with modelling provided by Delphi Group and funding from Discovery Foundation and BC Housing.

We’ve been trying to encourage curtain wall and fenestration manufacturers from Europe making Passive House-certified units to bring their products to Canada, and they are looking for hard data and market information on which way the market is going. This report provides concrete market data, which can be very useful for them and other manufacturers, architects, municipalities, and developers.”

— Cillian Collins, Senior Architect, Perkins+Will

VEC’s report is critical reading for anyone in the construction, development or manufacturing industries looking to understand and take advantage of upcoming trends in B.C.’s building sector. In it you will find concrete data and analysis to help manufacturers and suppliers transition knowledge, equipment and investments and take advantage of growing demand for building products. Improving B.C.’s capabilities in this way will also improve access to – and affordability of – high performance products by creating more resilient and efficient local supply chains and reducing transportation costs.

VEC projects that demand for low-performance products – especially windows – evaporates after 2022. Manufacturers and suppliers must be aware of these significant market changes as soon as possible to grow business locally and capitalize on global trade. Conversely, demand for high performance systems will increase, including mechanical equipment such as heat pumps and heat recovery ventilators.


The report may be read in its entirety at:


February 26, 2019 0

Clean Energy BC will be hosting a free webinar that will explore our “Electrification of BC” white paper findings that have been incorporated into the Government of BC’s CleanBC plan.

In this webinar we will be addressing the emission reduction potential and load growth required to electrify our province’s top three carbon-emitting sectors: industry, transportation, and built environment.

If you are interested in learning more about how BC can achieve its climate reduction targets and where the clean energy sector’s opportunities may lie the remaining 25% of the CleanBC plan, sign up now.

Click here to register!


February 19, 2019 0

The British Columbia Government released its budget today and CleanBC features prominently this year. Our Clean Energy BC “Electrification of British Columbia” white paper focused on many of the areas that feature within the budget.

A key element to highlight is that currently 75% of the CleanBC plan has been established. The remaining 25% of the plan is still to be determined. This is the area where the majority of the electrification opportunities sit and also where the clean energy sector shines. The budget begins to move British Columbia in the right direction on climate action.

The member companies of Clean Energy BC have historically championed BC’s climate leadership vision and continue to support the Province’s invigorated new CleanBC Plan. Our members are already working throughout the world, accelerating the transition to renewable energy.

The clean energy sector is driving the third industrial revolution, investments, and jobs, and BC’s future is locked into the low-carbon world. Therefore, we look forward to a long-term relationship with the Province of BC as it endeavours to achieve its international commitments to carbon reduction through electrification.

Click here to read the highlights of the 2019 BC Budget


February 14, 2019 0

February 14, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia

Clean Energy BC (CEBC) is very disappointed with the contents of the “Review of BC Hydro’s Purchase of Power from Independent Power Producers” conducted by Ken Davidson. In his report, there is a fundamental error in using an inaccurate and overly simplified proxy for the market price of electricity. It is stated, “Energy has only one price and that is the price it can be bought or sold at in the market. In the case of BC Hydro, the market value of all energy is the Mid-Columbian (Mid-C) rate.” No party that builds new energy projects – BC Independent Power Producers (IPPs), BC Hydro, or IPPs or utilities anywhere – uses a spot price like Mid-C. Projects are based on long-term fixed price arrangements.

Independent Power Producers have been essential to BC’s green power grid. Historic investments have enabled BC to become an internationally recognized clean power leader, propelling our province to meet the reduction targets in CleanBC and the Paris Agreement. IPPs across the province are proud to have invested in the infrastructure, jobs, and community building of BC.

Furthermore, IPPs have built strong and long-lasting relationships with numerous First Nations in the Province. Our partnership approach supports First Nations’ economic development and reconciliation by providing jobs, equity partnerships, and socio-economic benefits – often in remote areas where there are few other opportunities available. Research has shown that clean energy projects offer the single most powerful First Nations reconciliation tool available for the BC government. Historically, BC Hydro has lacked First Nation inclusion in their process, leaving a gap that IPPs have successfully filled to cultivate equity partnerships.

“When the B.C. NDP government chose to proceed with Site C, they did this knowing that they would deprive First Nations of the opportunity to invest billions of dollars in an industry that is within their values. It is a sad day that this is no longer an option to communities that were developing plans to build more projects.”

— Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers, President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

The IPP run-of-river hydro, wind, and solar generation has diversified the power mix and brought power to regions and communities previously under-served. The majority of IPP projects have been approved by the BCUC regulatory process. During the period of time referenced in the report, the contract prices that were agreed upon were based on market rates that, even if BC Hydro were to have built the projects, would have been constructed at the same or higher rates. In addition, BC Hydro does not have the capacity or capability to build these types of projects.

IPPs contribute to property tax and water rental revenues collected by Government. In 2018, the total tax contributions made by IPP projects in BC were greater than that of the entire oil sector. If new renewable power projects had not been built, new power capacity requirements would have been met by gas plants with related emissions profiles.

Independent Power Producers negotiate in good faith with government, risking capital, investing in trail-blazing new partnerships with First Nations and utilizing the best market information available. The member companies of Clean Energy BC have historically championed BC’s climate leadership vision and continue to support the Province’s invigorated new CleanBC Plan. We look forward to a long-term relationship with the Province of BC as it endeavours to achieve its international commitments to carbon reduction through electrification.

“Our members are delivering low-cost, affordable, and reliable power throughout the world and in BC,” said Jae Mather, Executive Director of CEBC. “Other nations across the globe are actively accelerating the transition to renewable energy. The clean energy sector is driving the third industrial revolution, investments, and jobs, and BC’s future is locked into the low-carbon world. We look forward to working on the CleanBC plan with the Government of BC so that we may reduce our carbon emissions, grow the economy through investment and jobs, and build resilience with First Nations and communities throughout the province.”

For media inquiries, please contact Jae Mather, Executive Director of CEBC


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February 8, 2019 0

Electricity sits at the heart of BC, and Clean Energy BC’s 2019 Spring Conference is all about how the province’s communities are leading the way forward in a carbon-constrained world. BC’s industries are becoming further diversified by embracing the development of innovative clean technologies and renewable energy projects, which ultimately strengthens our resilience as a province.

With a fresh focus on BC’s Kootenay communities, this year’s Spring Conference will be hosted in Trail. This region is home to some of BC’s most renowned hydroelectric heritage assets and additionally accounts for over 40% of the electricity generation in BC. Trail boasts exciting new approaches to technology and we are thrilled to be highlighting the clean energy projects in the region, as well as how these projects contribute to overall community engagement.

As a province that has a traditionally resource-based economy, many communities are now looking to further their skills and to gain knowledge in clean tech. For BC to meet our climate targets, intersectoral collaboration will be necessary to achieve these shared goals.

The 2019 Spring Conference will cultivate dialogue on clean energy and the environment with First Nation partners in an inclusive setting. Recognizing the vital role of energy sovereignty and knowledge sharing will help to foster self-determination, economic development, and relationship-building with First Nations and other communities.

Join the clean energy revolution, save the date, and hit the road for Trail from June 4th-6th, 2019.


November 21, 2018 0

The BC government announced on November 20th, 2018 that they will be introducing legislation next spring to phase in targets for the sale of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). The legislation will set targets of 10% ZEV sales by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040; while the government will take additional steps to make ZEV’s more affordable. This is a welcome, vital element in the process of rolling out electrification in BC so that the province can meet its GHG reduction targets. It supports the message in our “Electrification of British Columbia” white paper where our study shows that EV transportation is one of the 3 main pillars for carbon reduction.

The paper also shows that while passenger vehicles are important (14.9%), it is the light, medium and heavy-duty trucks that provide the largest opportunity for GHG reduction (84%). The province is now in a position to look at mandates for EV trucks and buses. Interestingly, 8.3% of cars sold in Canada in the last quarter were already EVs. However, the BC government’s targets apply to all light duty vehicles (i.e. passenger cars and trucks, with the latter category including CUVs, SUVs & pick-ups), and when they are included, the total EV sales in BC will have hit 3.9%. As such, we are getting very close to the 2025 target of 10% EV sales. EV sales have tripled in the last year and, at these rates, the targets are likely to be achieved well before the 2025, 2030 and 2040 targets. We would welcome pushing the targets even further and faster because we are already on the way.

Jae Mather is executive director of Clean Energy BC

Click here to read the article from Canada’s National Observer that was published on November 20th.