Is Natural Gas Reduction for Home heating Making Progress in BC
After a decade on inaction, and continued expansion of Shale (Natural) Gas it is difficult to see the clean transition is underway. Canada has committed to responsible reduction of Green House Gas to keep Climate Change under 2-degrees C. Most Provinces are trying to upgrade GHG mitigation policy for one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions – heating buildings.
The Ontario Climate Action Plan is a model for other Provinces to tackle the orderly phase-out of Natural Gas because it aligns targeted plans with realistic actions. The time for talking, delays, and studies has passed. Kudos to Premier Wynn’s team.
Ontario intends to help homeowners purchase and install low-carbon energy technologies such as geothermal heat pumps and air-source heat pumps, solar thermal and solar energy generation systems that reduce reliance on fossil fuels for space and water heating.
In British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark, after six months of delays, has announced a vague BC Climate Action Plan. It is highly criticized for a failure to offer a critical increase in the $30/Tonne Carbon Tax 2011 rate, or follow adviser recommendations. Several programs for Natural Gas were promised, with nothing for renewable energy. One bright spot was inclusion for incentives to achieve Net Zero Energy buildings and improved energy efficiency in buildings. BC is in Climate Action conflict between pushing Natural Gas exports, and cities like Vancouver that plan to eliminate non-renewable Shale Gas.
Vancouver Greenest City has passed plans for a 100% Renewable City. It accepts BC has 98% Renewable Hydro, and targets eliminating Shale Gas gas from Home Heating, improving Energy Efficiency, and Electric Transit.