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Working together

We’re proud of the relationships we have with aboriginal communities. With social, economic and cultural interests top-of-mind, we’re working co-operatively and effectively together on a number of initiatives. These include increasing energy efficiency on aboriginal communities land and paving the way for certified energy auditors to assist communities with energy efficiency programs.

Reaching new understandings

In 2012, FortisBC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C.’s First Nations Energy and Mining Council, making energy self-sufficiency for First Nations communities a priority.

This is the first time a privately held energy company has signed such a memorandum in the province. For more information, read the full news release.

Building super-efficient homes

Together with the Penticton Indian Band and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, FortisBC launched the Super-Efficient Housing Project to help the Band increase energy efficiency in new homes.

We continue to work closely with the Band, local architects and builders to construct affordable, sustainable homes that use 80 to 90 per cent less energy for heating. As of April 2013, eight homes have been designed and built to meet global standards of energy efficiency.

Creating wind energy in Cawston

Another example of collaborating to create energy solutions is located just south of Cawston. There, the Lower Similkameen Indian Band built a wind generation unit with support from FortisBC. The project generates electricity and helps offset energy costs for the Band’s elementary school.