The highest concentration of clean-energy jobs is in north-eastern BC, where the map shows 2,300 of the 14,000 jobs are located. That breaks down, according to the map, to 33 out of every 1,000 jobs per capita are in the northeast. The renewable energy jobs in our region are found in both wind power and hydro-electric projects.
The energy produced by the four wind projects totals 573.2 mega watts of power, nearly as much as the Peace Canyon Dam’s 694 MW of power.
Aaron Ekman, Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour said in a release that “clean energy is a real success story, employing thousands of British Columbians in communities across the province. The future economic health of our province depends on a strategy that will help put more dots on this map.”
In spite of the numerous benefits offered by the clean energy economy, this sector is often overlooked as an economic driver, in relation to fossil fuel industries in the province. Renewable energy is only part of the overall clean energy economy picture. It is a collection of all economic sectors that are directly responsible for supplying technologies, products and services that have measurable benefits in terms of the ability to reduce carbon pollution and improve energy efficiency.
“As the world’s economies look to rapidly reduce carbon pollution, we want to make sure BC is well positioned to remain competitive. Policies that support the development of our clean energy economy will help to future-proof BC, and enable us to thrive in a low-carbon world,” said Penelope Comette, Program Director, Clean Energy Economy at the Pembina Institute.
The first phase of the map looks at renewable electricity. The next phases will look at BC’s entire clean energy economy, including jobs associated with energy efficiency, green buildings and clean transportation technologies and services.