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.
About 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.