For Immediate Release
October 16, 2018

CEBC Releases Electrification of BC White Paper

The Clean Energy Association of BC is excited to announce the release of the “Electrification of British Columbia” white paper. The timing has been fortunate with the BC Government’s upcoming climate action plan to be released in Spring 2019 and LNG Canada’s decision to move ahead with the $40 billion project. These developments mean that every tonne of increase in GHGs associated with an LNG facility requires that an additional tonne of GHG savings be found elsewhere. Most significantly, it will need to come from industry, buildings and transportation.

“Electrification is the only major current solution,” says Jae Mather, Executive Director, Clean Energy BC and author of the white paper. “Currently, many organizations like BC Hydro and the BC Utility Commission do not take climate change policy into detailed account within their decision-making. This is a big part of the reason why the load growth predictions for the province are still fairly low. However, change has already begun.”

This year in January and June, BC Hydro experienced its highest peaks in history. The findings of the white paper research are clear–when climate change is brought into the equation, things look quite different. To meet our 2030, 40% GHG reduction target we would likely need to increase the amount of electricity produced in BC by around 50%; and to meet our 2050, 80% reduction target, BC would need over 100% more electricity.

California recently announced that it is aiming to become zero-carbon by 2045. To put it simply, this equates to the worlds fifth largest economy effectively committing to more than double its energy production with zero-emitting energy. This is more electricity than Canada produces. British Columbia is particularly well-suited for clean electrification. In fact, electrification offers the province a critical competitive advantage in the global pursuit of clean growth. The province boasts one of the lowest-carbon electricity grids in North America. Its power generation sector can responsibly and cost- effectively provide the additional renewable electricity that extensive electrification will require.

There has never been a better time for low-cost, private-sector clean energy power producers to ensure that the province delivers on its climate change commitments. At this vital time the clean energy sector can be utilized as a core tool to enable BC to raise up and meet these challenges head-on.

The white paper findings, and many other critical electrification and clean energy issues will be featured at Generate 2018 Transformation Through Electrification. We could very well be on the precipice of a renewed clean energy revolution in BC. Support this shift, and attend Generate, November 26-28, 2018, to be a part of this exciting, vital industry.

About Clean Energy BC
Clean Energy BC represents 150+ operators, developers, suppliers, contractors, service providers, and First Nations in the clean energy industry. Today there are over 125 private sector hydro, wind, solar and biomass projects delivering clean, environmentally responsible electricity to British Columbians.

Jae Mather
Executive Director

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