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Moving toward energy security in BC’s rural, remote and Indigenous communities (2020)


There are over 270,000 households in British Columbia facing energy poverty, a lack of affordable access to the basic energy services that contribute to quality of life. Rural, remote, and Indigenous communities in the province are being hit particularly hard, with some communities spending up to three times the provincial average to heat their homes. A report released today by Ecotrust Canada explores a number of drivers of energy poverty in British Columbia, and identifies several key areas where policies and programs can be improved to better support communities pursuing resilient, clean and affordable energy systems. These priorities represent our intention of moving B.C. away from being a jurisdiction known for higher levels of energy poverty and inequitable energy access, toward a vision of fair and inclusive energy access for all – a vision for energy security.

2019 community reports that support the case study highlights

RDMW 2019 Residential Heating Analysis

Heiltsuk First Nation 2019 Heat Pump Review

Lower Similkameen Indian Band 2019 Heating Systems Analysis

REPORT: Moving Toward Energy Security in British Columbia’s Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Communities (2020)