Friday, August 2, 2013


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CRV Run-of-River Project Possible

Ts'elxwyeqw get clean energy funds

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus

he 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.


Project Details
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 infrastructure.
The fund is also used for revenue-sharing agreements with First Nations on whose traditional territory a clean-energy project is built.
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.

Additional information
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 project.
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.

Learn more
For more information about the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund and how to apply, call 1 800 880-1022 toll-free or visit:


Laurie Throness
John Martin



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