Fort St. John’s energy goals
Our energy is vital to the BC economy and for the energy needs of our citizens. We believe Fort St. John should take a leadership role in investing in energy efficient buildings, demonstrate green energy sources in our operations, and ensure our residents and businesses have the knowledge and resources to understand our energy needs today and for the future.
- Read more: Fort St. John 2018-2023 Strategic Plan (Goal No. 2)
What we’re doing
Ongoing: In 2016, Fort St. John helped found the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition. The NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition aims to protect and enhance existing resource municipalities and rural communities of Northeastern BC.
Ongoing: Fort St. John has a growing number of electric vehicle charging stations. The stations, funded through grants from BC Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, are located throughout the region. Visit https://www.plugshare.com to find one near you.
2016: A micro-hydro project was built downhill from the City’s waste water treatment facility near the Peace River. A generator on the gravity-fed discharge pipe creates 780 MWh of energy each year, which is enough to power 70 homes. Fort St. John receives approximately $75,000 in revenue from BC Hydro (2016 rates). The project received an award of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering for engineering excellence and UBCM Community Excellence Award of Merit.
2015: The Passive House Project wins a number of prestigious awards. The LEED Platinum house was built to showcase new ways of building and highlight emerging energy conservation technologies. In 2016 the house used about $750 in electricity and no gas!
2010: We adopted the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). The plan’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the outcomes include installation of solar panels, a community energy reduction challenge, a clothesline giveaway, and green building rebates (in 2011 and 2012).
2010: We’re the Solar Community of the Year! The award recognizes Fort St. John’s efforts to encourage homeowners to switch to solar-powered domestic hot water.
2008: Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act, also known as Bill 27, encourages municipalities to think, plan and build green. Specifically, it supports the development of compact communities with affordable housing and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserve energy and to make communities more socially and environmentally sustainable. Fort St. John has included steps to reach these targets in the Official Community Plan, Building Bylaw, and Community Energy and Emissions Plans. The Climate Action Charter identifies the shared commitment that local governments have to addressing climate change. It targets the reduction of emissions from city corporate operations with a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2012.
2007: Fort St. John is one of 183 local governments to sign the BC Climate Action Charter. Communities are required to identify and measure their existing carbon footprint. This acts as a starting point by which to establish targets and measure progress. Community Energy and Emissions Inventories (CEEI) have been completed by the Province for municipalities including Fort St. John. This includes identifying where energy is used in a community, how communities compare, a community’s established per capita emissions, and a baseline for future comparisons over time and to assist in monitoring progress towards achieving set targets.
What you can do
- Tour the Passive House at 9904 94th Street and find out how you can build or retrofit energy saving building technologies into your own home
- Get tips, advice, and learn about rebates to help improve your home's or business’s energy efficiency through BC Hydro Power Smart programs or through FortisBC.
LNG and resource industries
Fort St. John and our region’s economy is synonymous with oil and gas extraction. Did you know 11.2 per cent of BC’s exports come from the natural resource sector, which equals $1.5 billion? (2010). This crucial part of our provincial economy is as important today as ever. Learn more about our connection to the resource industry:
- A City Full of Energy, Industry and Business, December 2017
- An open letter from Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman, Vancouver Sun, December 2016
- Position paper on the future funding of resource municipalities in NE BC, April 2015
- BC Oil and Gas Commission
- Resource Works
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
- Canada’s Energy Citizens