Alternative Energy Industry Growth



Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships


WHEREAS communities in BC are envisioning green energy as one aspect of economic diversity and prosperity;

AND WHEREAS present regulations and legislation in BC are not supportive of alternative energy industry growth:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and the UBCM assume a priority position to lobby the BC provincial government to establish levels of feed-in tariffs and tax incentives that will position the alternative energy industry in BC to a level comparable with the USA and Ontario as well as European models.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on the Province to establish levels of feed-in tariffs and tax incentives at the industry level to support the growth of the alternative energy industry in BC.

However, members endorsed Energy Forum recommendations in 2001, which committed in part to:

“4. Encourage the pursuit of alternative energy sources such as woodwaste, tidal, solar, district energy and geothermal as well as any other economically and environmentally feasible alternatives.”

Since then, members have consistently endorsed resolutions calling for development of alternative energy sources (2009-B45; 2009-B107; 2009-B131; 2009-B137; 2009-B166; 2008-B41; 2008-B79; 2007-B129; 2007-B131; 2006-B26; 2006-B124; 2006-LR14). Members also endorsed resolution 2004-B10, which requested that the provincial and federal governments “implement a full sales tax refund policy for machinery and equipment for municipal energy conservation and / or alternative energy generation projects”.