July 23, 2015 - Three British Columbia communities in the West Kootenay region will be taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint after a $168,000 investment from the Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC.
By Renée Francoeur
Over the next year, participating local governments will work alongside the Community Energy Association (CEA), which will provide support to help communities find ways to use less energy in their community.
“Our goal is to provide funding that helps communities set their own energy-conservation priorities,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, FortisBC executive vice-president of customer service and regulatory affairs.
Each participating municipality will come away with a Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan, which will help it achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets.
“The process will benefit residents and businesses directly and could result in incentive programs such as energy diets or energy efficiency upgrade programs resulting in lower energy and heating costs to businesses and individuals”, according to FortisBC.
Three communities have already agreed to participate—Salmo, Rossland and Kaslo—and more have been invited.