The BC Ministry of Energy,  Mines and Petroleum released the Green Energy Advisory Task Force Report on Wednesday.  The province also passed the Clean Energy Act (Bill 17) on the same day.  According to the BC News Release the Act builds on a number of recommendations from the task force, including:

  • Confirming our commitment to the Heritage Contract, to ensure B.C. ratepayers continue to receive the benefits of B.C.’s low-cost electricity assets.
  • Moving forward on critical infrastructure projects such as Site C and the Mica and Revelstoke upgrades.
  • Increasing B.C.’s clean energy supply to meet domestic and future export demand.
  • Better align implementation of policy between BC Hydro and BCUC and review the need for a separate transmission corporation.
  • Enabling utilities to implement initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or improve energy efficiency, such as encouraging installation of high-efficiency heating systems like heat pumps or vehicle electrification and charging infrastructure.
  • Creating a First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund to support revenue sharing opportunities and to increase First Nations participation in clean energy resource development.

For another opinion read the article What Voters weren’t told about the Clean Energy Act from the Tyee.

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