For Immediate Release
Feb. 29, 2016
BC First Nation Economic Development – Clean Energy Future
Vancouver, BC– The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of $3.9 million in new support for increase indigenous participation in west coast clean and renewable energy projects. Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains made the announcement today at the Bill Reid Gallery.
“It is terrific that the new federal government recognizes the economic development opportunity that the clean and renewable energy sector represents especially for indigenous and rural communities, “said Paul Kariya, CEBC Executive Director. Kariya added that, “Clean energy fuels such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal and marine are distributed throughout BC, exactly where First Nation communities are situated. With climate change demanding that we transition to cleaner fuel sources, both BC and First Nation communities are well placed to lead in the building of the new economy.”
Under a unique memorandum of understanding that was signed in October 21, 2015, the BC government, BC Hydro and the Clean Energy Association of BC are exploring new development opportunities for clean electricity to help power our future – jobs and investment while protecting the environment.
The BC Clean Energy Association represents 160 members who develop and operate reliable, responsible and affordable clean and renewable energy projects in cooperation with BC Hydro. A dozen First Nations in BC are members of the private sector industry association.