SURREY, BC, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - FortisBC is hosting the FortisBC
Community Energy Challenge at the International Student Energy Summit
(ISES), which opened today at the University of British Columbia. The
Challenge will give student competitors a high-level overview of the
process involved in developing a community energy system, which can
help address climate action goals.
"We want to share with students some of the innovative energy solutions
that are available today and how they can be applied to real-world
scenarios," said Doug Stout, vice president, energy solutions and
external relations, FortisBC. "I strongly believe that by helping these
future energy leaders think outside of the box, together, we will be
able to find new and innovative ways to help meet customers' energy
needs for tomorrow."
Teams of students selected by FortisBC and ISES organizers will simulate
companies bidding on a district energy project, and create a mock
community energy system complete with innovative energy sources such as
waste water treatment facilities or pulp mills. Finalists in the
FortisBC Community Energy Challenge will then present their community
energy system to a panel of judges made up of experts on sustainable
energy, who will then select the winning team for a cash prize of
"We are excited to have FortisBC as a partner hosting the Community
Energy Challenge. With their support, students from around the world
will be able to learn about the different energy solutions that will
continue to power our world in the future" said Rosie Pidcock, chair of
ISES. "Globally, we are seeing a mass migration of people into cities,
so through the Challenge, we hope to show students the importance of
innovative urban energy solutions in the rapidly changing world of the
ISES, which takes place from June 9 to 11, 2011 at the University of
British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is a
forum for post-secondary students to discuss global energy issues and
is being organized by a team of post-secondary students through the
University of British Columbia's Sustainability Initiative. This year's
summit is the second in a series of biennial conferences to take place
in different cities around the world. The previous conference was held
in Calgary, Alberta in 2009. FortisBC is a "Founding Sponsor" of ISES
and has also awarded bursaries to five students from across the
province to attend ISES.
Additional information on the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge can be found at: www.studentenergy.org/fortisbc-community-energy-challenge.
FortisBC is an integrated energy solutions provider focused on providing
safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane
and alternative energy solutions, at the lowest reasonable cost.
FortisBC employs more than 2,000 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 46,000 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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