BC Is Blocking Needed First Nations Power Projects, Says Report – The Tyee

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BC Is Blocking Needed First Nations Power Projects, Says Report – The Tyee

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 2021140 Views

The projects are critical to meeting government’s climate plans, researchers say, but roadblocks are preventing progress.

Renewable energy projects run by First Nations could help B.C. power through the climate crisis, but government roadblocks threaten their participation, says a recent report from the Pembina Institute and the New Relationship Trust.

“I really wanted to help First Nations put out a First Nations’ perspective on energy planning,” said Cole Sayers, director of clean energy initiatives at the New Relationship Trust, a non-profit organization supporting First Nations’ governance, and a contributor to the project. “We wanted to make it easy for government to say, ‘Here’s some policy options that can be implemented right now, and these are what First Nations want.’”

The report found that First Nations owned, operated or co-partnered renewable energy projects that generate 13 per cent of B.C.’s electricity — an amount more than the future output of the Site C dam.

Read More: https://thetyee.ca/News/2021/08/30/BC-Blocking-Needed-First-Nations-Power-Projects/

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