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A group of Silverton citizens hold up signs in support of the 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign.
West Kootenay, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Energy, Environment Five West Kootenay communities are leading the way in renewable energy

Five West Kootenay communities have signed on to the EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign. Meet the early adopters of change.

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Kate Letizia standing in front of bushes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment City of Nelson hires Climate Change Coordinator

The Climate Change Coordinator position will implement initiatives to increase Nelson's capacity to reduce its climate impact

Magnified piece of flake graphite
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Mining, Small Business, Transportation Clean energy from Eagle Graphite

Eagle Graphite, near Nelson, has been granted $290,000 from the Province of B.C. to support the development of improved electric vehicle batteries.

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Aerial view of the solar power installation on the roof of the Ktunaxa Nation Council auditorium.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, First Nations Green power at KNC

The Ktunaxa Nation Council has reduced its government building’s environmental footprint and the cost of maintaining a home base.

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Paul Denchuk and Meredith Hamstead are standing together in front of a home.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business thinkBright Homes: A lighter touch on the planet

thinkBright Homes, based in Invermere, B.C., is at the cutting edge of the green building industry

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Johnny Strilaeff is the president and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, and acting president and CEO of Columbia Power Corporation.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial The Trust is fulfilling its purpose

“Our mandate is set by the people of the Columbia Basin, and it’s our job to execute on it.” — Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, the Trust.

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Haul Truck and Digger at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Education, Energy, Mining The Elkview Coal Mine celebrates a milestone

This year marks the 50th anniversary of surface mining at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.

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Two female students are wearing warm layers of clothes and are holding a sign that says
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment A Cool Challenge

Selkirk College is participating in the BC Cool Campus Challenge to lower its environmental footprint

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Waneta Expansion.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy, Financial Trust, Columbia Power purchase Waneta expansion

The Trust and Columbia Power, which currently own 49 per cent of Waneta Expansion, worked closely with the BC Government to make this purchase possible.

Forests between Osoyoos and Rock Creek B.C. where FortisBC workers are.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Top 120 employers Electricity use is on the rise despite a mild winter

Electricity use is up 20 per cent or more since the start of December among FortisBC customers.

Fortis BC logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy Natural gas supply still limited despite completed Enbridge pipeline repair

Until both Enbridge-owned pipelines are back at full operating pressure, FortisBC will have a constrained supply of natural gas

The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy, Financial Teck announces closing of Waneta Dam sale

As part of the sale, Teck Metals Ltd. holds a 20-year lease to use the two-thirds interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

Owners Gabriele and Frank Lorenz are standing in front of the Lido Motel in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Energy, Entertainment and Hospitality The Lido Motel in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., has your values at heart

Green travellers are enthusiastically welcomed at the Lido Motel in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

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A headshot of Forrest Campbell, owner of Freewheeling Energy in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Energy, Environment, Small Business Sun-kissed lemons and buckets of optimism

Based in Invermere, B.C., Forrest Campbell formed Freewheeling Energy

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Left to right: Ben Marken (Selkirk College), Blair Weston (FortisBC), Roger Austin (Austin Engineering), Darren McElhinney (FortisBC), Mary Austin (Austin Engineering) and Jason Taylor (Selkirk College)
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Energy, Technology 3-D printing innovation in engineering

Selkirk College and Austin Engineering worked together to create a 3-D printed model of the proposed Corra Linn dam upgrades for FortisBC.

by Jillian Clark
Both Nelson and Kimberley (pictured) have solar projects that are producing power.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Energy, Technology FortisBC looking to build B.C.’s largest utility-led solar project in Kelowna

The proposed Ellison Community Solar Pilot Project, if approved, would be B.C.’s largest utility-led community solar project to date.

FortisBC's new facility
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy A by-the-numbers look at the newly opened FortisBC Operations Centre in Castlegar

As FortisBC's $23-million operations centre comes to completion in Castlegar, we examine some of the benefits and features of the new facility

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, Energy CanWest/Superior Propane Merger: MP Stetski talks about Competition Bureau Ruling

MP Wayne Stetski weighs in on the CanWest/Superior Propane Merger Competition Bureau Ruling

Government building
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, First Nations Ktunaxa Nation Council proceeding with renewable energy installation

The Ktunaxa Nation Council is set to install solar arrays on the rooftop of the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building in Cranbrook

The new building will include 23,000 square feet of office space.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia

The centralized Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia, provides increased efficiency, among other benefits.

by Jillian Clark
Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Energy Trail mayor Mike Martin speaks to Waneta Dam’s sale to BC Hydro

What does BC Hydro’s purchase of Waneta Dam mean for the West Kootenay? Trail mayor Mike Martin explains how the sale will affect the community

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The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

View of the Waneta Dam.
Energy Fortis issues statement on Waneta Dam purchase by BC Hydro

Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with total assets of approximately $48 billion.

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to the vendors at the Creston Valley Farmers Market.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Small Business, Technology Solar-powered market

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to power the Creston Valley Farmers Market.

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Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Affordable Housing Energy Retrofit Program now open

Trust providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades.

Waneta Dam
West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Fortis buys Teck’s interest in Waneta Dam for $1.2 Billion

Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

A Chevy Bolt is parked next to the newly unveiled DC fast-charging station in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, Environment, Tourism, Transportation Accelerating the future of electric vehicles in the Kootenays

Accelerate Kootenay is a two-year $1.5-million project to install over 50 electric vehicle chargers along Highway 3

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The pot is into a plastic bag that is inside the solar collector.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Energy, Environment Faisal Jhandir of Fernie, B.C., has invented a portable solar kitchen

Retired physician Faisal Jhandir is on a mission to save the planet with solar cooking

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A mother is reading a book to her young son.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment Celebrate Earth Hour by reading aloud by candlelight

Revive the lost art of reading aloud during Earth Hour—Saturday, March 25th starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Steven Thomson enjoys the challenges and diversity of his career, even sitting in the office, as he is here
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Steven Thomson: Meet this maverick engineer

9dot Engineering Inc., based in Nelson, B.C., has talented innovators such as CEO Steven Thomson

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David Hull, Executive Director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and Sergio Marchi, CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Developments, Energy, Financial, Technology CEO of Canadian Electricity Association visits Cranbrook and Kimberley

The Honourable Sergio Marchi, CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association, was the recent guest speaker at the monthly Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

A Nissan Leaf is recharging at a unique electric car charging station at the Kettle River Museum Society in Midway. The charging station is located on the back of an old gasoline pump.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Transportation Filling in the geographic gap for electric car charging stations in the Kootenays

Shifting to electric cars is needed in the Kootenays as our current transportation accounts for 60 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions

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Don McCormick (second from right) prepares to throw the ceremonial switch to activate the SunMine solar panels.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Energy, Technology, Tourism SunMine heats up Kimberley’s economy

Kimberley’s SunMine is giving an unexpected boost to the city’s tourism industry.

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Taken by a drone, this aerial shot of Nelson Hydro’s Bonnington generating station also shows the clearcut (upper right) where the solar garden will be located.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment A successful sunny garden

Nelson, B.C., grew a solar garden in a year and a half with the help of its citizens

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John Managh, co-owner of Hellbent Geothermal, stands in front of a large piece of machinery.
West Kootenay, Golden, Energy, Environment The Kootenays are a potential hot zone for geothermal energy

Hellbent Geothermal is a leading-edge company offering geothermal systems in the East Kootenay, where the potential for this green energy is overflowing

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FortisBC management, local dignitaries, civil officials and representatives from area First Nations groups were all on hand at the offical sod-turning ceremony for the FortisBC Kootenay Operation Centre.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy, Technology Ground breaking at new FortisBC Operation Centre in Castlegar

The new Kootenay Operation Centre near Castlegar's airport will centralize many of FortisBC's key operations.

Heddlestone Village has a pedestrian common path with homes on both sides. A woman is using a community cart and a boy is playing roller hockey.
Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment Intentional community in Nelson, B.C., wins efficiency award

FortisBC awarded Nelson’s Heddlestone Village an Efficiency in Action award

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Bree Seabrook, Manager of Communications Columbia Power Corporation.
Trail, Energy, Influential Women in Business Bree Seabrook

Being prepared for anything and everything is all part of the job.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort taps into the largest hot mineral springs in Canada.
Fairmont Hot Springs, Energy, Environment, Tourism More power to Fairmont

The abundant, naturally hot water at Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., has a second important function.

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An artist's rendition of the new Fortis BC Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar, B.C.
Castlegar, Developments, Energy FortisBC receives approval to build new Kootenay facility

New location supports better customer service for regional electricity customers

Several beeswax candles are burning with a soft golden glow. These candles are from Honey Candles near Kaslo, B.C.
Kaslo, Energy, Environment Earth Hour: What are you doing on March 19th at 8:30 p.m.?

Earth Hour encourages you to have a lights-off hour.

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Workers at Emco in Cranbrook are lined up and holding a green pipe made by Aquatherm.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Energy, Environment Greening your infrastructure pays off

Emco in Cranbrook has plumbing and heating solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of your home and business.

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The exterior of an energy-efficient home built by Tyee Custom Homes in Kimberley, B.C.
Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Energy, Environment Rewarding greener buildings

Three East Kootenay communities have rebate programs to encourage energy-efficient buildings

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Jori Adank on the roof of his net zero energy (NZE) home in Kimberley, B.C.
Kimberley, Energy, Environment, Technology Net zero energy construction is catching on in the Kootenays

A net zero energy home produces as much energy as it consumes.

by Kevin Miller
Picture of heavy-duty equipment.
Energy, Mining, Technology, Transportation GFS Corp names Wajax and Cullen Diesel Power as new Canadian distributors

Wajax will represent the EVO-MT® systems in Eastern and Central Canada, and Northern British Columbia; Cullen Diesel Power will service Southern B.C.

Daryl Richardson owns Enercall Sales & Service in Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, Energy, Small Business Enercall saves energy

Enercall Sales & Service is finding new products for reducing energy consumption and associated costs.

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Picture of haul truck.
Energy Teck announces first in Canada LNG haul truck at Fording River Mine

Teck Resources Limited is piloting the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel source in six haul trucks at its Fording River steelmaking coal operation.

The rotor under construction in the service bay at Mica Generating Station
Revelstoke, Energy Mica Dam at full power

The Mica 1,000 Megawatt Project north of Revelstoke, B.C., is nearing completion after five years of work.

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Picture of solar panels on a roof.
Nelson, Energy, Technology Nelson’s innovative Community Solar Garden set to shine

Community Solar—purchase solar and receive the benefits as if it were on your very own roof.

BC Hydro have put into place and operation a new Elko Dam Warning System.
Fernie, Energy BC Hydro to upgrade key Fernie substation and adds new warning system at Elko Dam

BC Hydro will be upgrading the facility to meet growing electricity demand in Fernie and the surrounding area.

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