CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES)

The CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to achieve the CleanBC diesel reduction goal of reducing diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80 per cent by 2030.

The initiative promotes reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, economic development in remote communities and furthers the Province’s reconciliation commitments with Indigenous peoples.

There are almost 50 remote communities in B.C. that are not connected to the provincial electricity supply grid, the largest number of any province in Canada. Most are Indigenous communities that depend on diesel fuel to generate power and heat. While reliable, diesel fuel has negative social, economic, and environmental consequences.

RCES efforts to date have focused on gathering data, building relationships, initiating research, and delivering clean energy programs through three streams of action:

  • Capacity building: Assist remote communities in developing the capacity to plan and implement community-led energy efficiency and clean energy projects.
  • Efficient and low carbon buildings: Provide programs to help improve energy performance and minimize GHG emissions, including new construction and retrofits.
  • Clean energy generation: Support remote communities with funding and resources to implement renewable energy projects to offset diesel generation.

The Province is currently working with remote communities to further develop the strategy and supporting programs. To learn more and participate as a remote community, please contact the Community Clean Energy Branch.