Powering our Province
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- Globe Advisors
- Commissioned by the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) and its project partners
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This report seeks to identify opportunities for rural communities in BC to become engaged in the clean energy sector.
The findings for this study are based on extensive secondary research supplemented by opinions and insights gathered through in-depth interviews with a representative sample of Independent Power Producer (IPP) companies in BC, as well as clean energy technology developers/ manufacturers, provincial and municipal government agencies, First Nations communities, power utilities, and other key stakeholders.
Many rural communities and First Nations, as well as the provincial government, are interested in exploring how the development of clean energy resources can contribute to economic growth and diversification. This is especially true for forestry-dependent communities in the interior of the province in areas affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic and the collapse of the US housing market.
This report identifies five immediate business and employment opportunity areas for rural communities related to clean energy development. These are:
- Skilled trades and construction;
- Community and First Nations engagement;
- Scientific and environmental monitoring;
- Plant operations and maintenance; and
- Indirect business support.