Statement on the Site C decision. 
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The Three Biggies

Site C, LNG, the TransMountain dilbit pipeline.
 
Three things the Salt Spring Community Energy Group (CEG) stand in opposition too it's the Site C Dam, LNG development, and the TransMountain pipeline from the Fort Mac to tidewater that is the Salish Sea. Last week it was the latter that made the news cycle with a vengeance. While CEG is primarily solutions oriented, public education is a significant portion of it's mandate and while PM Justin Trudeau is unable to fathom climate action without pipelines, we certainly can. We've seen first hand how local community-oriented jobs can be created in renewable energy with Solar and Heat Pump installations. A strong economy based in carbon expansion does not wash when compared to on island jobs.

Regarding the Site C dam, never before has sustainable energy issues been "on the table" as the public debate and BCUC Inquiry into the project. When our government decides to commit to $10B and rising to a single energy infrastructure project it's natural for a question or two to arise on its merits. New nuggets of information have come to the surface. One biggie CEG is grappling with is the new peer reviewed scientific research into the carbon emissions from hydro projects. Several peer reviewed studies directly challenge the legitimacy of the "clean energy" kudos: the largest study is claims that the global average is not around 10g per kWh (as is claimed for the Site C dam) but a whopping 273g. While this isn't quite as high as the carbon emissions from fossil fuel generators (~550 to 1200g/kWh) it's a  stunning revelation with far reaching implications for our personal and collective carbon footprint. Compare this with 5-40 g CO2e for solar and wind (incidentally, numbers for solar and wind keep decreasing over time, as technology improves.

CEG will continue studying this new information and we are happy to share the source materials, please ask if you are interested as the dialogue surrounding this will be critically important going forward. We don't want to have emissions data being politicized like we have in the third biggie - LNG.

In the meantime we will be watching the development of the BC Climate Action Plan in a new light: more convinced then ever that Community Renewable Energy and Community Solar has a vital role in our shift to a sustainable & truly low carbon economy. Expect to hear more from us about this in this important year for action on climate. Fasten your seatbelt and look to our shared collective future for the steps we need to take today
Satellite image of methane emissions from a BC Dam and aerating weir from ghgsat.com
 
Energy efficiency is mainstream: a single bulb cost over $30 a few years ago, you can now buy inexpensive LED lightbulbs at grocery store prices.
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