West Kootenay EcoSociety releases regional energy report

Energy report released today by EcoSociety [NELSON, BC – June 29, 2017] Today the West Kootenay EcoSociety released their report on energy and infrastructure in West Kootenay Communities.

The West Kootenay Community Energy and Infrastructure Report outlines local communities’ residential carbon pollution, and steps each community has taken to transition off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

Where communities have an existing renewable energy or energy efficiency project, the report highlights this project and its accomplishments. For example, the electric vehicle charging stations in Rossland and Creston, Nelson’s community solar garden, and the Anoxic Zone in Castlegar’s sewer treatment plant are showcased in the report.

Montana Burgess, Executive Director at the West Kootenay EcoSociety has highlighted the importance of this report as a crucial step towards 100% renewable energy. “We know that our communities want to move towards renewable energy. This report will be a tool for communities to look at where they are at with energy efficiency and renewable energy and help establish a baseline to measure progress moving forwards.”

The report also highlights Vancouver, BC and Oxford County, ON. These are the two Canadian municipalities that have already committed to 100% renewable energy at the community level in heating and cooling, transportation, and electricity, and have developed strategies to start transitioning to reach this energy goal.

“EcoSociety is hosting a renewable energy and energy efficiency conference on September 7-9 in Castlegar and we’re working to bring representatives from Vancouver and Oxford County to share lessons they’ve learnt with our local leaders and residents,” said Burgess. “Oxford County is a region with a similar population size to the West Kootenays. It has with rural communities and agriculture as a main industry. I think we can learn a lot from them as well as Vancouver. We don’t need to start from scratch.”

Read the full report: ecosociety.ca/communityenergyreport

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that works to bring together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities in the West Kootenay region.