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Report on Community Energy Planning and Implementation in Remote Communities Webinar

by Sonja Mulabdic, posted on 2:13 PM, March 5, 2013
On February 20,2013 Peter Ostegard held a webinar on Community Energy Planning and Implementation.

RCE-webinar.jpgAbout thirty representatives from First Nations remote communities, utilities and governments participated in a webinar on February 20 on how community energy planning and implementation can help remote communities find better ways to make, use, and save energy. Organized through the Fraser Basin Council’s Remote Community Implementation Program, the webinar featured three presentations, followed by questions and discussion. Peter Ostergaard gave an overview of how community energy planning can fit within remote community sustainability initiatives, the topics they may address, and the typical steps in energy plan preparation. He also covered examples of renewable supply side projects, energy efficiency opportunities, ways to reduce reliance on diesel generation, and possible funding sources. This was followed by presentations on the Uchucklesaht First Nation’s upgrade of their electricity system near Port Alberni: through BC Hydro’s Remote Community Electrification Program a hybrid diesel/battery system has been installed in the community, and there are plans to integrate micro hydro generation to further reduce dependence on diesel. A second webinar on March 20 will cover project financing topics. 

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350