The West Kootenay EcoSociety is celebrating the City of Nelson’s decision to sign on to the 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative.
NELSON, BC – The West Kootenay EcoSociety is celebrating the City of Nelson’s decision to sign on to the 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative.
At a packed meeting Monday night, Nelson City Council unanimously adopted the goal of meeting all of its net energy from renewable sources by 2050.
Nelson is the sixth municipality in Canada, and the second in the Kootenays, to commit to transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy by mid-century. Nelson joins B.C. municipalities of Victoria, Vancouver, Saanich, and the Village of Slocan, as well as Oxford County in Ontario in adopting the goal.
“We’re excited that the City of Nelson has committed to 100% renewable energy”, said Matthew Carroll, co-Executive Director of the West Kootenay Ecosociety, the organisation behind the the 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative. “Together, these municipalities are providing the leadership needed in order to address climate change.”
“Political will is essential if we’re going to shift to 100% clean, renewable energy, and I’m very proud that the City of Nelson is committed to doing our part,” said Councillor Valerie Warmington. “The Village of Slocan committed just last month, and I’m hopeful that other municipalities in the Kootenays will now join us, so that we can work together to make our entire region a renewable energy leader.”
The motion adopted by Nelson City Council calls for the Renewable Kootenays initiative to be included in the city’s 2019-2023 strategic planning process.
“We’re seeing the impacts of climate change already, right here in the Kootenays,” said Carroll. “But the good news is that we know 100% Renewable Energy is possible. With some expert help, EcoSociety has produced an energy model showing how communities in the Kootenays could transition to renewables. It can be done with today’s off-the-shelf technology, and we’re looking forward to working with municipalities across the region to make it happen.”
In the last year, over 3,500 residents of the West Kootenays have signed the 100% Renewable Kootenays petition and over 40 businesses have endorsed the goal.