Vancouver has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, and it's about to get worse.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is pursuing a bad idea.
The city is beginning to implement its "Renewable City Strategy." A 35-year window to get the city using 100% renewable energy by 2050.
The plan includes things like phasing out and ending natural gas use in 70% of new buildings by 2020 and 100% by 2030.
That will mean forcing developers to use more expensive electric furnaces and forcing more people to start using hydro-electricity to heat their homes. This is a significant burden as natural gas is very low cost and looks to stay that way for decades to come.
Currently, Vancouver gets 46% of its energy from natural gas use. The plan is to phase that out and replace most of it with hydro-electricity from BC Hydro, doubling it from 30% to 60% of the energy mix in Vancouver.
The city expects most of the reduction in fossil fuel use and emissions to come from reducing energy demand. The city’s war on cars will ramp up, but so will the war on heavy industry.
The higher energy prices will drive out some of the industry from Vancouver proper to places like Surrey and Burnaby.
This plan is a bad idea, plain and simple.
Natural gas burns clean and is cheap and reliable. British Columbia has massive reserves in the north-east and should be championing the use of compressed natural gas in vehicles, not condemning it.
If you think the "Renewable City Strategy" is a bad idea, then please sign the petition below.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Renewable City Strategy is a bad idea. Rescind the plan now.