It would be an understatement to say that we are disappointed in the BC Government’s decision to press on with Site C without the fulsome review that BCSEA has called for since 2014—a longstanding position clearly articulated by its guiding policy:
The Site C hydroelectric power project should not proceed, pending a thorough public review by the BC Utilities Commission to review BC Hydro’s 20-year power needs, alternative ways to meet those needs, and the financial cost of Site C:
BC Hydro does need more electrical power over the next twenty years, and Site C would be able to provide that power without significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions; however: BC Hydro’s evaluation of Site C and alternatives is out of date with respect to alternative energy technologies.
Overall economic and social benefits may be greater with smaller, more numerous energy developments located around BC and developed in sync with additional power needs. It would be financially imprudent to proceed with Site C based only on BC Hydro’s in-house cost estimate. Treaty 8 and other first nations have rights that should be addressed and appropriately accommodated, failing which Site C should not proceed.
In the role of Intervenor at the BC Utility Commission’s financial review of the project to date and going forward, BCSEA re-articulated its position in its final submission. Unfortunately, ours and the concerns of many other organizations and individuals—and even the sitting BC Government according to the words of Premier Horgan—have been wedged between the juggernaut of sunk costs and, ironically, a tidal shift away from carbon-based energy.
Lost in these powerful directives is the sensitivity to the rapid pace of alternative energy development and their ever-improving cost competitiveness; the humanity embodied by small-scale energy production along with the inhumanity of flooding sacred indigenous ecosystems and arable land; and the equity that comes of distributing wealth and employment, again through investing in small, distributed energy production in, by and for communities.
By far the biggest sustainable energy challenge for BC (and all over the world) is to get off fossil fuels. That of course means conservation and efficiency. And now, more than ever, it means comprehensive replacement of fossil fuels with clean and renewable electricity. To ensure an energy future that is truly sustainable, people-centered and equitable, BCSEA will continue its work on the ground helping British Columbians reveal opportunities for investing in alternative energy and conservation through its Chapters, through Cool It! and by continuing to engage the BCUC. ... See MoreSee Less
BCSEA congratulates Ms. Inouye's Grade 7 class at Alex Hope Elementary for winning the Cool It! Climate Action Challenge in the Township of Langley! They worked hard to reduce 33 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide!!! ... See MoreSee Less
BCSEA's Cool It! - Climate Leadership Training Program is inviting teachers to book workshops, thanks to the support of the following municipalities: District of West Vancouver, City of Vancouver, Corporation of Delta, Capital Regional District, District of North Vancouver, and the City of Richmond. RESERVE NOW! We are booking workshops for the new year. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, Grade, school, municipality, and a preferred day and/or time for the workshop. www.youtube.com/watch?v=akH-emeZaG0&t=2s... See MoreSee Less
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