TRAIL, BC

Powering Generations:
Legacy to the Future

June 4th-6th

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May 24, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Clean Energy Canada has partnered with Navius Research to delve into Canada’s clean energy sector in order to better understand its economic contribution and the number of jobs it provides. The result is an up-to-date, unique examination of the sector and its relevance to Canadians.

Not only is Canada’s clean energy sector growing faster than the rest of the country’s economy, it’s also attracting tens of billions of dollars in investment every year.

And perhaps most importantly for the average Canadian, it’s a huge, and growing, employer.

To read the full report, click here.


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May 21, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future coming to town June 4-6

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting its spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, from June 4-6.

CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members. This immersive event showcases the technologies, solutions and job opportunities from the Province of BC’s CleanBC plan released in November 2018.

The association has support from the government and a keynote speech from the Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA.

Indigenous leader, former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre, will be delivering a keynote speech on June 5.

The conference focuses on the opportunities with CleanBC as well as the Kootenays’ legacy of engineering excellence and how the plethora of clean energy projects impact clean tech innovation in the region.

Mary Austin of Austin Engineering will be co-chairing Powering Generations with Clean Energy BC’s Chair, Isabelle Deguise of BluEarth Renewables Inc.

“Our region has a proud history of sustainable energy, which started in 1897 with West Kootenay Power and Light when it was given approval to generate power at Bonnington Falls for the Rossland mines. This reliable energy has powered industry for generations and paved the way for innovative, sustainable infrastructure for our future,” said Austin.

“Clean Energy BC is excited to bring its spring conference to the Kootenays to showcase communities that have thrived for generations on renewable energy and paved the way for our transition to a clean economy.” – Isabelle Deguise, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Powering Generations includes a workshop that is being co-hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety’s executive director Montana Burgess on June 4. This full-day workshop is catered towards community leaders, local government, First Nations leaders and clean energy industry professionals who are interested in partnering to facilitate progress.

Order of Canada recipient and clean energy champion, Kekinusuqs Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, will be leading a session. The workshop dispels myths of renewable energy and explores the practical steps of how to achieve the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.

“Five local governments in the West Kootenay region of BC have already said yes to 100 per cent renewable energy, a stronger economy, and healthier and safer communities. I’m excited to showcase our local leadership and help bring clean energy champions from other parts of BC together to encourage learning, sharing and innovation,” said Burgess.

Global renewable energy trends and clean technology development will impact the Province of B.C.’s road to achieving the vision of CleanBC. Powering Generations will illuminate the many plausible paths that are involved in the future of CleanBC, including how to improve labour readiness to take advantage of the exciting job opportunities and economic development.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity yo visit the Midas 3D Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility.

The final day of the conference will conclude with touring a wide range of the region’s clean energy projects including Nelson Hydro, Nelson Solar, Brilliant Dam and Waneta Dam.


This article was originally posted in The Trail Times on May 16th, 2019. Click here to access the article.


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May 17, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

We are happy to announce that Indigenous Services Canada has generously provided funding to cover First Nations registration for the full three days of Powering Generations. This includes the following:

Day 1:  Renewable Energy 101 Workshop

Day 2:  Full Day Conference including tour of Midas 3-D Fab Lab and a Gala Dinner

Day 3:  Site Visits to Waneta, Brilliant and Nelson Energy & Solar

We have some magnificent speakers lined up including workshop facilitator Kekinusuqs Judith Sayers (Hupačasath), Sophie Pierre (Kootenay, Ktunaxa), and Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA, Leader of the Green Party.

If you are interested in attending, please use the discount code spring-2019-fn on member pricing when you register online and you will be given a 100% discount. You can find the registration link here: http://cleanenergybcevent.ca/registration.

Due to limited funding we are unable to cover the cost of travel and accommodations for our spring conference this year; although we have acquired room discounts with the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel in Trail and the Josie Hotel in Rossland. You can click here for more information on accommodation discounts.

We also have a 15% discount code with Pacific Coastal airlines for flights from Vancouver to Trail. The promo code is CEBC19. You can find more information on flights and travel here: http://cleanenergybcevent.ca/location.

By attending Powering Generations you will have the opportunity to connect with clean energy industry professionals, community leaders, First Nations, academics, and technology innovators. This will be a phenomenal platform for inclusive and constructive knowledge sharing between delegates with a shared passion of transitioning to a low-carbon future and strengthening local communities.

As there is limited funding available, we would recommend registering sooner rather than later!

Please note that site visit registration is no longer available through the website. Contact jennifer.palfery@cleanenergybc.org or call the Clean Energy BC office at (604) 568-4778 to register for the site visits.


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May 15, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Site Visit tickets are officially sold out!

On Thursday, June 6th we will be trekking to Columbia Power Brilliant Dam & Expansion, Nelson Community Solar Garden & Hydro Plant, as well as Waneta Dam for a full day of excursions led by some of the industry’s top experts.

Tickets for the Operations Workshop on Tuesday, June 4th and the general Conference on Wednesday, June 5th are still available but are selling quickly.

The full-day Workshop will be focusing on four different sessions:

  1. Myth Busters
  2. BC First Nations Clean Energy Tool Kit
  3. Energy Sovereignty and Financing Projects
  4. Electrification of Transportation

Speakers include Judith Sayers, member of the Hupacasath First Nation and Strategic Advisor, Peter Leighton of RE Royalties, and Pete Thimmaiah of Plug In BC.

We are excitedly anticipating two special keynote speakers for the conference: Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA, Leader of the Green Party and Sophie Pierre, member of the Ktunaxa Nation, former Chief of the ʔAq̓am Nation and former Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission.

Join in on the festivities, expand your network by connecting with clean energy industry professionals, and learn more about all the emerging trends in clean tech and renewable energy from June 4th – 6th in Trail by registering today!

Register Now



May 10, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

With less than one month to go until we embark to Trail for our annual spring conference, the Clean Energy BC team is working hard to put the finishing touches on what is guaranteed to be an unparalleled networking and educational experience, connecting clean industry professionals, community leaders, First Nations, and technology innovators from the Lower Mainland to the Kootenays!

In preparation for Powering Generations, we are pleased to have our schedule ready for you to download. Take a gander and review the six sessions that are planned for Wednesday, June 5th:

SESSION 1 — Clean Energy Funding Opportunities in BC

SESSION 2 — Keynote Dr. Andrew Weaver

SESSION 3 — Think Global, Act Local

SESSION 4 — Big Idea Spotlight Advanced BioCarbon 3D

SESSION 5 — Building the Clean Economy: Job Opportunities with CleanBC

SESSION 6 — Kootenay Showcase

Keynote Sophie Pierre (Kootenay, Ktunaxa) is a former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission. She is a highly accomplished Indigenous leader, distinguished for her commitment to First Nations’ economic development.

Long-time supporter of the clean energy sector and Official Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA, will highlight the integral role that renewable energy will continue to play in the future of British Columbia in order to reach our climate targets.

Register today to join in on the action, engage in boundless dialogue, and be part of the movement that continues to push industry and tech frontiers in British Columbia.

Click Here for the Downloadable Schedule


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May 7, 2019 Jennifer Palfery1

May 7, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia

For Immediate Release

The Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) is hosting their spring conference Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail, BC from June 4th – 6th. CEBC is BC’s clean energy industry association that represents 135 members.  This immersive event showcases the technologies, solutions and job opportunities from the Province of BC’s CleanBC plan released in November 2018.

“Our region has a proud history of sustainable energy, which started in 1897 with West Kootenay Power and Light when it was given approval to generate power at Bonnington Falls for the Rossland mines. This reliable energy has powered industry for generations and paved the way for innovative, sustainable infrastructure for our future.” – Mary Austin, Austin Engineering

The association is excited to have support from the government and a keynote speech from the Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Andrew Weaver MLA. Indigenous leader, former chief of ʔAq̓am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre, will be delivering a keynote speech on June 5th. The conference focuses on the opportunities with CleanBC as well as the Kootenays’ legacy of engineering excellence and how the plethora of clean energy projects impact clean tech innovation in the region.

Mary Austin of Austin Engineering will be co-chairing Powering Generations with Clean Energy BC’s Chair, Isabelle Deguise of BluEarth Renewables Inc.

“Clean Energy BC is excited to bring its spring conference to the Kootenays to showcase communities that have thrived for generations on renewable energy and paved the way for our transition to a clean economy.” – Isabelle Deguise, BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Powering Generations includes a workshop that is being co-hosted by West Kootenay EcoSociety’s Executive Director Montana Burgess on Tuesday June 4th . This full-day workshop is catered towards community leaders, local government, First Nations leaders and clean energy industry professionals who are interested in partnering to facilitate progress. Order of Canada recipient and clean energy champion, Kekinusuqs Dr. Judith Sayers, a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, will be leading a session. The workshop dispels myths of renewable energy and explores the practical steps of how to achieve the transition to 100% renewable energy.

“Five local governments in the West Kootenay region of BC have already said yes to 100% renewable energy, a stronger economy, and healthier and safer communities. I’m excited to showcase our local leadership and help bring clean energy champions from other parts of BC together to encourage learning, sharing and innovation.” – Montana Burgess, West Kootenay Ecological Society

Global renewable energy trends and clean technology development will impact the Province of BC’s road to achieving the vision of CleanBC. Powering Generations will illuminate the many plausible paths that are involved in the future of CleanBC, including how to improve labour readiness to take advantage of the exciting job opportunities and economic development.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to visit the Midas 3D Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility. The final day of the conference will conclude with touring a wide range of the region’s clean energy projects including Nelson Hydro, Nelson Solar, Brilliant Dam and Waneta Dam.

 

For media inquiries please contact:
Jennifer Palfery, Program Coordinator
jennifer.palfery@cleanenergybc.org


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May 7, 2019 AnitraParis0

Representatives from the clean energy sector from across the country are coming to Trail next month for the Clean BC conference which runs June 4-6 at the Best Western. Local students from Selkirk College are also invited as well as not-for-profits, local government and First Nations.

The conference is called Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future and will include some site visits to local dams, the Nelson Solar Farm, and the Midas 3D lab. It’s hosted by Clean Energy BC which describes itself as an industry association that has been the voice of BC’s clean energy industry for over 25 years.

One local member is Austin Engineering’s Mary Austin, whose great work has helped bring the conference to Trail. It’s the first event being held outside the lower mainland explains Operations and Policy Manager, Anitra Paris.

“We’ve been having an annual signature conference in the fall called Generate and that’s been happening for, I want to say for over 10 years, but this is the first time we’re having a road show. We haven’t’ actually gone out into the Province,” Paris explained.

Trail is a great location for the first event.

“Trail is this amazing confluence of a history of clean energy projects,” explained Paris. “There are some projects that are over 100 years old and there’s also some really interesting cutting edge clean technology that’s going on, like the Midas 3D printing lab.”

The keynote speakers are Indigenous leader, Chief Sophie Pierre and Doctor Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party.

“The nice thing about this conference is the practical, how-to, on the ground energy projects and electrification of transportation and electrification of homes,” said Paris. “He’ll (Dr. Weaver) most likely be talking about how to get to the low-carbon economy and how do we actually achieve this Clean BC plan.”

The province’s plan sets some ambitious targets to reduce Green House Gas emissions through making homes more energy efficient and converting to electric vehicles. Another presentation will look at the types of jobs and training needed to fulfill the plan.

There are special rates available for students, not-for-profits, local governments, and First Nations to attend. There’s more information here.

by Alex Skultety

“Clean BC conference comes to Trail next month” originally featured on My Kootenay Now on May 1st 2019. 


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April 1, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Clean Energy BC will celebrating the culmination of the spring season with our Operations Workshop and Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 13th.

Whether you’re a plant operator, supervisor, manager, project developer, or simply interested in operations, join us on June 13th to learn more about the many wind, solar, biomass and hydro plants that are sprinkled throughout British Columbia.

This workshop will foster invigorating dialogue centered on topics such as new equipment in the industry, emerging tools, innovative ideas, and even challenges faced by these operations.

This is an ideal networking opportunity for those in the clean energy industry who have any burning questions to be answered and perspectives to be shared.

Registration for the Operations Workshop includes the Keynote Luncheon with BC’s Innovation Commissioner, Dr. Alan Winter. Dr. Winter was appointed BC’s first Innovation Commissioner in 2018 and has since been acting as BC’s tech ambassador. His role includes developing relationships, encouraging investment, and promoting innovation in British Columbia.

Dr. Winter will be speaking about new opportunities for tech companies in BC, fostering innovation across industries to diversify the province’s economy, and generating jobs for British Columbians.

Clean technology and innovation is a vital investment that will help pave the way for renewable energy projects to thrive in BC, creating lasting partnerships and spearheading the fight against climate change.

Do not miss out on this unparalleled networking and learning opportunity!

Register Today!


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March 7, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

The BC Energy Step Code could deliver up to 1,700 jobs as local manufacturing & construction industries pivot towards sustainability

March 7, 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. – Today, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) launched the Green Building Market Forecast, a report quantifying the potential economic impact of the BC Energy Step Code (ESC) in Metro Vancouver. The study identified a $3.3 billion market opportunity resulting from materials and manufacturing for newly constructed buildings to meet the energy requirements of the ESC between 2019–2032.

“Climate change is the most pressing issue facing the world today, and ambitious policies create huge new market opportunities,” says VEC CEO Catherine Warren. “With our engineering and construction know-how, the Vancouver region is ideally positioned to develop its local manufacturing sector to serve the green building industry.” The global market for green building products is estimated to rise as high as $350 billion a year by 2020.

“We are committed to making Vancouver homes and buildings healthier, greener and more efficient through our Zero Emissions Building Plan and green building targets and actions. In 2013, the World Green Building Council honoured Vancouver by announcing that we have the greenest building policies of anywhere in the world, and since then we have continued to show leadership, innovate, build local skills and increase energy efficiency in buildings. The new VEC report highlights the benefits of our actions, not only because it is good for the environment, but because it helps create local, good-paying jobs.”

— Doug Smith, Sustainability Director, City of Vancouver

The economic impact of the ESC includes the potential to create 925 well-paying, sustainable manufacturing jobs throughout B.C., and at least 770 ongoing installation jobs in Metro Vancouver. The report also states that B.C. and Vancouver businesses should act now to take advantage of markets with similar climates and advanced green building codes, including those in the Cascadia megaregion, and throughout North America.

The ESC provides a predictable pathway for market transformation towards net-zero energy ready buildings. The steps were developed over two years through a consensus-building process, supported by energy modelling and analysis. The VEC built on this analysis to forecast the market demand for building products and technologies. The resulting report was tool was developed in consultation with a wide range of real estate and construction industry experts, with modelling provided by Delphi Group and funding from Discovery Foundation and BC Housing.

We’ve been trying to encourage curtain wall and fenestration manufacturers from Europe making Passive House-certified units to bring their products to Canada, and they are looking for hard data and market information on which way the market is going. This report provides concrete market data, which can be very useful for them and other manufacturers, architects, municipalities, and developers.”

— Cillian Collins, Senior Architect, Perkins+Will

VEC’s report is critical reading for anyone in the construction, development or manufacturing industries looking to understand and take advantage of upcoming trends in B.C.’s building sector. In it you will find concrete data and analysis to help manufacturers and suppliers transition knowledge, equipment and investments and take advantage of growing demand for building products. Improving B.C.’s capabilities in this way will also improve access to – and affordability of – high performance products by creating more resilient and efficient local supply chains and reducing transportation costs.

VEC projects that demand for low-performance products – especially windows – evaporates after 2022. Manufacturers and suppliers must be aware of these significant market changes as soon as possible to grow business locally and capitalize on global trade. Conversely, demand for high performance systems will increase, including mechanical equipment such as heat pumps and heat recovery ventilators.


 

The report may be read in its entirety at:

http://www.vancouvereconomic.com/features/green-buildings-market-research/


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February 26, 2019 Jennifer Palfery0

Clean Energy BC will be hosting a free webinar that will explore our “Electrification of BC” white paper findings that have been incorporated into the Government of BC’s CleanBC plan.

In this webinar we will be addressing the emission reduction potential and load growth required to electrify our province’s top three carbon-emitting sectors: industry, transportation, and built environment.

If you are interested in learning more about how BC can achieve its climate reduction targets and where the clean energy sector’s opportunities may lie the remaining 25% of the CleanBC plan, sign up now.

Click here to register!