Focus on 2016-17
The Board of Directors and Operating Committee Chairs of the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) spent a full day on January 13, 2016 in a strategic planning session to review and update the association’s multi-year new strategic plan. The vision, mission and values and “big” goals were carefully scrutinized and updated; incremental versus radical changes were the order of the day. We are on the right path in serving our members and planning for future development opportunities in BC.
Priorities under the big goals for 2016/17 were tabled, reviewed and discussed at the Planning Retreat and subsequently by the Strategic Planning Committee. The membership have been asked to help prioritize goals and objectives for 2016/17, especially in light of the very limited resources the associations has at its disposal.
These priorities are the basis for management’s Operational Plan and association’s Budget for 2016. The association’s Strategic and Operational plans and Operating Budget are all based on both optimism and realism.
Canada with the support of its provinces has agreed under COP 21 in the Paris Climate Agreement to meet aggressive GHG targets by specified dates which necessitates utilizing cleaner and renewable energy sources vs. the status quo. BC was a strong supporter and advocate of strong action evidenced in its own Climate Leadership process which has produced 32 recommendations from the Climate Leadership Team which will inform BC’s own new Climate Action Plan 2.0 which the government will table publicly in the spring 2016.
On October 21, 2015 CEBC and the BC government and BC Hydro signed an historic memorandum of understanding which amongst other things will help the private clean energy sector further develop and advance in BC. Both the pending Climate Action agenda and the MOU are very positive developments.
However our sector faces significant challenges to growth and expansion in the short term and perhaps the long term also. Electricity is a fully regulated business in BC with policy set by the provincial government and carried out by BC Hydro, its monopoly crown utility. BC Hydro’s major flood storage project known as Site C is currently being constructed and its impact on the future load resource balance could be significant.
Furthermore, the World’s nosedive in commodity markets has led to reduction of electricity load in BC and also the delay of major LNG and oil and gas projects; all of which impact when there might next be a procurement call for power. Many of these factors and events are beyond the control of CEBC and yet we need to be involved in the conversation and the relationships.
CEBC celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. This achievement speaks to the fact that there is a tremendous operational investment and capacity by our members in BC. Estimated at $10 billion in invested capital and representing approximately 20 percent of BC Hydro’s electricity supply, the 100 plus EPAs of independent power projects (IPPs) suggests there are significant member needs to represent and address in operational areas.
Private sector clean and renewable energy now has a very strong long-term presence in BC.
The clean energy sector continues to enjoy solid support from First Nations, local governments and BC communities for the development, construction, and operation of our projects.
An as industry group we embrace the following principles:
- Protect the Environment
- Create Lasting infrastructure
- Support Distributed Economic Development throughout BC
The Clean Energy Association of British Columbia represents many different types of renewable and clean energy operating and development companies, as well as suppliers, contractors, and service providers to the clean energy sector within British Columbia.
Clean Energy Projects are an important part of the future of British Columbia. The Province has abundant clean energy resources, and the prudent, cost-effective development of these resources is fundamental to our future prosperity and sustainable society.
The Strategic Plan 2016-19, sets out goals for the Clean Energy Association of BC for the continued success of our industry.
Vision, Mission and Values
Our Vision is a British Columbia, Western Canada and the Western US all having access to clean, reliable and cost effective renewable electricity produced by the private sector; a British Columbia leading the world in climate change action and modeling a sustainable way of life.
Our Mission is to sustainably grow and increase responsible private sector power generation, energy and capacity, in British Columbia by mobilizing, unifying and focusing strategic resources in partnership with government, BC Hydro, First Nations, colleague industry associations, citizen groups and others.
Our Values are to gain and maintain public support for the sector by working in a transparent, trust worthy, and credible manner with all BC communities.
The mandate of the CEBC is to sustain and further develop a viable private sector power industry in British Columbia, which is complementary to BC Hydro’s system that serves the public interest by providing responsible, reliable and affordable electricity through the efficient and environmentally responsible use and development of the Province’s energy resources.
The key business goal of the association can be summed up in the following:
Create a positive policy and regulatory environment that fosters a vibrant and long term clean and renewable energy industry that is supported and understood by key audiences in the province including:
|Provincial and Federal government||BC Hydro|
|First Nations||Local Communities|
|BC Utilities Commission||Taxpayers|
|Permitting Agencies||ENGO’s and NGO’s|
Strategic Plan 2016-19
GOAL 1: Grow the Clean Energy Industry in BC
Recognize the underlying value of the economics, markets and private sector involvement in the clean energy sector, with competition as a basis for enduring growth of CEBC members.
- Increase electrification opportunities – new load
- Grow the size of the market – new customers
- Utilize the MOU signed on October 21, 2015 with government and BC Hydro to sustain and grow the private sector share of the clean and renewable electricity market in BC, energy and capacity resources.
- Advocate for a viable and sustainable Micro-SOP, SOP and EPA renewals.
- Advocate for increasing societal use of responsible, reliable and affordable clean and renewable electricity in BC and Canada.
- Identify new load opportunities and buyers and consider options for how they might be served including possible use of corporate PPAs and inside the fence generation.
- Examine repositioning clean energy sector to become providers of capacity as well as energy.
- Lobby to improve the efficiency of interconnections and expansion of the transmission system; advocate for private transmission system development.
- Ensure that private sector clean and renewable electricity is represented and advocated for through the IRP update, RODAT and Load Forecast.
- Utilize the BCUC process to complement the MOU
- Ensure there is opportunity for the Clean Energy sector in BC’s new Climate Action Plan; increase demand for electricity.
- Advocate for increasing use of electricity to power BC industries, transportation, transit, buildings, and homes because it is climate friendly power.
- Inform the government, opposition parties and publics in BC about the value of the clean and renewable energy sector to BC’s economy and society.
- Capitalize upon new federal government’s commitment to green infrastructure and clean energy by working to secure investments helpful to BC.
- Work with First Nations and assist them to secure clean energy economic development opportunities.
- Support First Nations request to both senior levels of government and BC Hydro for clean energy development.
GOAL 2: Improve Support for and Understanding of the Clean Energy Industry in BC
Build the relationships to entrench the role of clean and renewable energy for future generations. Key audiences: Provincial and Federal Governments, BC Hydro, First Nations, environmental organizations, local communities, and ratepayers.
- Communicate responsible, reliable, and affordable value of clean private sector produced electricity
- Demonstrate economic development value
- Model environmental stewardship
- Educate our publics on the environmental, economic and social benefits of the Clean Energy sector especially as Canada and BC develop strategies to meet COP21 Paris agreement commitments.
- Work with various partners who can validate our sectors value and messages
- Develop and communicate clear and concise key messages to tell the Clean Energy sector story in the 2017 election campaign – jobs and climate solutions.
- Continue to communicate Clean Energy projects as a catalyst for economic development for First Nations, local municipalities, and rural and urban regions.
- Enhance outreach to local communities and municipalities and help them decide what type of power they want to power their communities.
- Communicate the good news stories around the environmental stewardship of the Clean Energy sector, i.e. monitoring program results, proactive strategies for salmon and bats.
GOAL 3: Sustain CEBC as an Organization
Demonstrate value to a broad and varied membership; solicit and articulate their views, and foster collaboration with others.
- Increase the membership
- Organize the Association’s activities to fully leverage the volunteer efforts of members and companies
- Increase membership – especially invite those to join who have very small projects and other service providers, i.e. pension funds.
- Increase First Nations membership
- Sustain current membership – examine the value proposition, beneficial ROI.
- Explore what other similar associations are doing for members in comparable jurisdictions for what fee – value comparison – review fee structure.
- Increase value for consultants and other service providers.
- Proactively access Government funding to enable increased program activities.
- Consider new conference products such as technical conference or a celebration gala – “CO2 Gala”
GOAL 4: Ensure Business and Regulatory Climate is Reasonable and Efficient for Operating Assets (power projects, transmission lines, ancillary infrastructure)
Advocate on behalf of members operating power generation plants to ensure that the business and regulatory climate for ongoing operations is optimized and sustainable.
- Push for appointment of an IPP advocate for IPPs in government.
a) Support the investments made by companies in BC.
- Advocate for reasonable and efficient regulatory processes for the more than 100 clean energy plants operating in BC
a) Need fair consideration for diligent use requirements and costs during periods when there is no procurement.
b) Ensure fiscal context of taxes, rentals, fees, and licenses is sustainable
- Foster a culture of best management practices and excellence in operations
a) Ensure safe and healthy operations of all clean energy facilities in BC.