Agreement expected to strengthen relations, increase energy efficiency
with B.C. First Nations
SURREY, BC, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - FortisBC announced it has signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the B.C. First Nations Energy
and Mining Council (FNEMC), making energy self-sufficiency for First
Nations communities a priority. It is the first time a privately-held
energy company has signed such an agreement.
"This is a first-of-its-kind agreement that will strengthen the
relationship between FortisBC and B.C. First Nations," said Doug Stout,
vice president, energy solutions and external relations for FortisBC.
"It gives us the opportunity to work with B.C. First Nations to
optimize energy delivery to communities throughout the province,
resulting in energy efficiency."
Under the terms of the agreement, the FNEMC and FortisBC agree
co-operate to develop energy opportunities for B.C. First Nations
communities, including increasing energy efficiency on First Nation
land and paving the way to hire a certified energy auditor to assist
communities with energy efficiency programs. Approximately $100,000
annually will be earmarked to go toward conservation efforts.
"We are very excited to be working with FortisBC, since this is the
first time B.C. First Nations have signed an agreement with a private
energy company." said Dave Porter, chief executive officer for First
Nations Energy and the Mining Council. "This is an empowering agreement
that will further the opportunities for First Nations in B.C."
Major highlights of the agreement include:
Open and honest communication throughout all aspects of working together
Agreement that the consent of First Nations must be obtained before
developing projects and activities affecting their communities
Working with the Canadian and B.C. governments to develop policy and
implement solutions affecting First Nations' energy issues
Helping the B.C. government meet its environmental and energy goals for
Monitoring and evaluation energy program and policy effectiveness
Undertaking First Nations community relations and communications
programs in order to inform BC First Nation's leadership of energy
FortisBC and FNEMC's signing of the MOU was a natural next step for the
two parties. Throughout its projects province-wide, FortisBC develops
and builds mutually beneficial working relationships with B.C. First
Nations communities, having previously developed a Statement of
Principles for working building relationships with Aboriginal peoples.
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable
energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy
solutions. FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and
serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C.
communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the
largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns
and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants,
approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power
lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission
and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc.,
FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler)
Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
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