In the middle of June, Chris Anderson, the Gulf Islanders for Safe Technology chairman, led a delegation to the Islands Trust Council’s quarterly meeting on Denman Island. Anderson’s group has highlighted concerns with the planned smart meters deployment throughout British Columbia across the province, including potential health risks posed by electromagnetic radiation, privacy issues, the risk of information hacking, and increased costs.
Wireless technology developer Awesense Wireless has been selected to present its wireless sensor system during the Northern Cleantech Showcase in Silicon Valley. The special invitation-only event will showcase seven jury-selected, Vancouver-area clean technology companies determined to be the “most fundable” to Silicon Valley investors. The selection committee included Kachan, Deloitte, Gowlings, Greentech Exchange Vancouver, and investors GreenAngel Energy, Ventures West, and Yaletown Venture Partners.
The state-of-the-art Hydrogen Assisted Renewable Power (HARP) energy storage project in British Columbia is now operational and supplying power to the remote community of Bella Coola. The HARP system is expected to reduce Bella Coola’s annual diesel consumption by 200,000 litres, which will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 600 tons annually. The project, a partnership between BC Hydro, GE, and Powertech, is supported by British Columbia and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
British Columbia is embracing clean energy technologies. Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway announced that Power Measurement Ltd. will receive up to $3 million through the Canadian government’s Clean Energy Fund for a project to demonstrate the ability of a smart grid electricity system to optimize energy resources, including renewables, in an institutional building complex at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). It is possible the smart grid technology could allow buildings to reduce their electricity consumption by 10–25 percent.