August 2, 2013
CRV Run-of-River Project Possible
get clean energy funds
Released by the BC Gov't Caucus
Ts'elxweyeqw is receiving $30,000 from the B.C. Government to fund the
Chilliwack River Valley Renewable Energy Plan. This funding is part of the
latest investment being made through the First Nations Clean Energy Business
Fund, which is helping eight First Nations communities across the province
to pursue their clean energy goals.
"The First Nations Energy
Clean Energy Business Fund is exactly the type of program we as a
government need to keep doing. This program helps First Nations
groups by providing capital to get projects started, while at the
same time encouraging sustainable development," said Chilliwack-Hope
MLA Laurie Throness in a release on Friday.
"The provincial funding is
the jump-start small businesses need to turn their ideas into
reality. The Ts'elxweyeqw Traditional Territory is rich in natural
resources, especially fresh water, and our government's contribution
will help the sustainable development of the area," added Chilliwack
MLA John Martin in the same release.
The funding will assist in evaluating potential run-of-river hydro
power projects in the Ts'elxweyeqw's Traditional Territory. The
funding will also assist in the creation of a renewable energy plan
intended to be a basis for discussion for run-of-river hydro power
development for the community.
Why this is important
• The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund provides money for
capacity-building in communities and investment in clean energy
• The fund is also used for revenue-sharing agreements with First
Nations on whose traditional territory a clean-energy project is
• Since 2011, the provincial government has invested approximately
$3.8 million to support clean energy opportunities in 70 Aboriginal
communities across B.C., including wind energy, biomass,
run-of-river hydroelectric power, and clean energy planning.
• The first revenue-sharing agreement under the fund, signed in
March 2013, provides the Tahltan Nation with a portion of water
rentals and land rents charged for the Forrest Kerr hydroelectric
• B.C. has just reached the second revenue-sharing agreement under
the fund, enabling the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation to share revenue
from the Haa-ak-suuk Creek Power Project.
• Further revenue-sharing agreements are expected to be announced in
the near future.
• For more information about the First Nations Clean Energy Business
Fund and how to apply, call 1 800 880-1022 toll-free or visit:
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