British Columbia Information
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British Columbia's capitol resides in Victoria.
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has 87 members. Like the other provinces it is a unicameral body. Terms are generally five years. Forty-one members are from the New Democratic party and forty-one from the Liberal party. There are three members from the green party and three from the independent party. The most recent general election was held May 9, 2017. The next general election is scheduled for October 16, 2021.
British Columbia has committed to develop and implement energy efficiency policies and regulations to support the province's energy, economic and greenhouse gas reduction priorities.
The Clean Energy Act laid out a set of objectives:
- Take demand-side measures and conserve energy.
- Reduce British Columbia Hydro’s expected increase in demand by 66% through demand-side measures by 2020
- Reduce British Columbia greenhouse gas emissions to 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050
The Ministry of Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources 2018/19 - 2020/21 Service Plan is slated to decarbonize British Columbia’s energy use to reduce our impact on climate and establish a new diversified foundation for our economy.
The government’s 2018 climate plan includes numerous provisions on energy efficiency, highlighting the province’s status as a leader in this space. For example, it states that all new buildings constructed in B.C. will be “net-zero energy ready” by 2032 and that new standards for building upgrades will be developed by 2024.
Major programs in B.C. include:
- EfficiencyBC: offers financial incentives, information and support to help households and businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by switching to high-efficiency heating equipment and making building-envelope improvements. The $24M program is co-funded with the federal government under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.
- Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program: The Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program provides funds for non-profit housing providers to make electric and gas energy upgrades. Non-profit housing organizations, housing co-operative or municipal housing authorities may be eligible for retrofits through the FortisBC or BC Hydro incentive program and the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program.
- Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Funded Programs include: B.C. Home Energy Coach, High Performance Window Certification Program, and the B.C. - NRCAN ISO 50001 Implementation Incentive. The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) have joined to offer up to $80,000 of cost-shared assistance to B.C. industrial companies to implement energy management system projects that help facilities to comply with CAN/CSA-ISO 50001.
- Utility Energy Efficiency Programs: include B.C. Hydro PowerSmart and FortisBC Rebates and Programs.