Powering Generations

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Clean Energy BC recently hosted our spring conference, Powering Generations, from June 4th-6th in Trail, BC to highlight British Columbia’s drive to transition to a low-carbon economy through electrifying power generation across BC.

We celebrated industry excellence and local development to exemplify how the clean energy community comes in all shapes and sizes. As CEBC’s first regional conference, the local support was overwhelming from leading Kootenay organizations such as Austin EngineeringColumbia PowerFortisBCMetal Tech Alley, and Trail Teck Operations. Over 150 industry professionals, community leaders, policy makers, clean tech innovators, and aspiring young professionals all gathered at the Best Western Hotel in Trail, united by a shared passion for cultivating BC’s low-carbon economy and growing local jobs through the expansion of innovative clean technologies and renewable energy projects.

With keynote speakers including Dr. Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party, and the Honourable Sophie Pierre of the Ktunaxa nation and former Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission, our spring conference fostered an environment for progressive and inclusive dialogue. Voices from across industries and communities were united to form a common sentiment: clean energy is the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution to BC achieving its climate goals.

Conference delegates were given the opportunity to explore BC’s history of electrification by embarking on site visits to some of the province’s most historical assets including the Waneta Dam and ExpansionBrilliant Dam, and Nelson Solar Hydro. These facilities provided an ideal setting for delegates to gain knowledge of operational safety, quality, and cutting-edge environmental management techniques.

With the introduction of the Government of BC’s CleanBC plan, CEBC additionally hosted a Renewable Energy & Sustainability Explored 101 Workshop that focused on the vision that CleanBC advocates for the future of all British Columbians. Local clean energy models and strategies were used as case studies to investigate the timeliness, efficiency, and viability of clean electrification.

CEBC will continue to highlight British Columbia’s ambitious low-carbon future, economic resilience, and community development through our fall conference, Generate 2019, that will be taking place in Vancouver from November 6th-8th, so make sure to save the date and stay tuned for more updates!

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Presentations

Workshop Presentations

Myth Busters


DISPELLING SOLAR MYTHS
Jim Jacobsen, Empower Energy Corp.

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TOP MYTHS ABOUT WIND TURBINES
Martin Mullany, Clean Energy BC

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Electrification of the Built Environment


ECOSAVE: SAVE ENERGY. SAVE MONEY.
Carmen Proctor, EcoSave Program, City of Nelson

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY — REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
Patricia Dehnel, Community Energy Association

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ELECTRIFICATION: LOW-CARBON HEATING AND COOLING WITH HEAT PUMPS
Ron Monk, Kerr Wood Leidal

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ELECTRIFYING THE FVRD’S FLEET
Micha Gutmanis, Fraser Valley Regional District

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Conference Presentations

Session 1


BC INDIGENOUS CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE (BCICEI)
Phillip Lee, Western Economic Diversification

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CLEAN ENERGY IN BC: PROVINCIAL FUNDING, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT
Katya McClintock, Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources

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Session 3


INTELLIGENT ENERGY FOR A GREENER PLANET
Mike Crawley, Northland Power

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Session 4


SUSTAINABLE PLASTICS FROM WOOD
Darrel Fry, Advanced BioCarbon 3D

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Session 5


BUILDING THE CLEAN ECONOMY: JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH CLEANBC
Paul Shorthouse, Delphi Group

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH CLEANBC AND FORTISBC
Carol Suhan, FortisBC

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APPLIED INNOVATION & RESEARCH CENTRE AT SELKIRK COLLEGE
Jason Taylor, Selkirk College

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Session 6


ACCELERATE KOOTENAYS — A STORY OF INNOVATION, COLLABORATION AND BIG-VISION THINKING
Megan Lohmann, Community Energy Association

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ʔaq̓am COMMUNITY — SOLAR INSTALLATION PROJECTS DRIVEN BY VISION, STRATEGY AND ENGAGEMENT
Michelle Shortridge, ʔAq̓am Nation

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Keynote Presentation

CLEANBC AND ME
Dr. Andrew Weaver, MLA, Leader of the BC Green Party

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