CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES)

The CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from diesel electricity generation and heating in remote communities by 80% by 2030.

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

There are at least 50 remote communities in B.C. not connected to the provincial electricity supply grid. Most of these remote communities 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 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 undertaking an engagement process to further develop the strategy. To learn more and participate as a remote community, please contact the Community Clean Energy Branch.