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, which is holding its 16th annual conference, Generate 2018 – Transformation Through Electrification, November 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Vancouver.
Click here to read the article from Canada’s National Observer that was published on November 20th.
Electrification of British Columbia: Assessing the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Extensive Electrification in BC.
This white paper is now officially released as of Tuesday October 16th, a PDF version is available for download here.
A shorter version is also available, Electrification of BC White Paper Briefing.
Additional research for the white paper can be found linked within the PDF document or by clicking here.
CEBC Board Member Judith Sayers was one of 10 contributors to a paper on the National Energy Board and the concept of social licence both within energy projects and generally.
Renewable Energy Producers Inject Billions into the Province, Report Finds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2016
British Columbia’s clean power producers have invested more than $8.6 billion in First Nations communities and local economies—including those hit hard by the recent collapse in global commodity markets—while fighting climate change and creating thousands of jobs.
That’s the key takeaway of a new Clean Energy BC assessment, Local Legacies: How Clean Power Producers are Building the Green Economy and Strengthening Communities Across British Columbia. The report finds:
- British Columbia’s clean power industry has attracted more than $8.6 billion in investment, and the money is spent in local economies, including the province’s north and interior regions.
- The sector has to date supported 15,970 direct, full-time equivalent person years of construction employment in every region of the province—with another 4,543 FTE person years of employment in the works on forthcoming projects.
- Renewable power companies now employ 641 people in operational roles around the province. Projects now under construction will support an additional 165 such positions once online.
- 25 percent of BC Hydro’s energy supply comes from independent power producers, of which 14 percent is provided by stand-alone clean-energy producers.
also details how First Nations participate in renewable energy projects, through impact benefit and revenue sharing agreements, employment, training, procurement, and more.
“Over the course of a decade, clean power producers have forged deep relationships with indigenous leaders, innovated made-in-B.C. solutions to protect ecosystems, and breathed new life into struggling communities all over the province,” said Paul Kariya, executive director of Clean Energy BC.
“We’re proud of that work, but our members are now ready to create a new legacy by powering the green economy of the future. If the provincial government heeds the advice of its own Climate Leadership Team, then we’re going to need plenty of clean electricity. We’re ready to deliver the goods.”
About Clean Energy BC
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 are also members of the private-sector industry association.
Contact: Paul Kariya, Executive Director
The B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Toolkit was prepared by Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers for the B.C. First Nations Clean Energy Working Group in November 2015.
” This toolkit is designed to assist First Nations in understanding the kinds of clean/renewable energy there are, how to begin looking into doing a clean energy project, pre-feasibility, feasibility, developing, financing, relationship building, opportunities, and where to find resources.”
Our London Economics 2014 study looks at the cost-effectiveness of our clean energy and Site C. The 49-page PDF linked here is our report from London Economics International, on the cost-effectiveness of our clean energy and Site C.
It shows private clean energy could save British Columbians $750 million to $1 billion during the 70-year “economic life” of Site C.
Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for examination and discussion of energy market trends and serve as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, and regulations, as well as the potential role of advanced technologies.
This brief examines the BC government’s claim that 100,000 jobs will be created from liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in this province. We find that this claim is not credible and that potential employment impacts have been grossly overstated.
The Workbook for Delegates from the BC First Nations Mining and Energy Council Short Course on Sept. 25, 2011. The focus of this short course is to walk through the process of developing a clean energy project with a First Nation ownership or partnership component.