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More vehicle charging stations slated for Prince George

Environment Minister George Heyman

Up to a dozen new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in Prince George as a result of a provincial funding announcement today. They’re part of 55 new stations that will be installed throughout the north as a result of funding from CleanBC, the Northern Development Initiative Trust, and partner municipalities including Prince George. The planned expansion of the vehicle charging network will make it easier for Prince George residents to opt for cleaner transportation options.

“Partnerships with governments and communities are key to our CleanBC plan for a cleaner, better and more affordable future for people in our province as we implement our climate plan,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a news release. “Whether it’s better options for people with electric vehicles that are convenient and affordable, or new clean energy leadership by Indigenous communities in the Great Bear rainforest, we’re committed to investing in these partnerships as we work together to support a strong recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and build a sustainable future for everyone.”
 
The Charge North consortium was initiated by Prince George and the Community Energy Association and involves more than 30 local governments around northern BC. This is the largest collaboration of its kind in Canada, covering more than 300,000 square kilometres.
 
Planning will continue this fall to confirm the location of the dozen EV stations in Prince George, which will be located on civic properties, and in different locations around the community. Installation is expected to be completed in 2021.

Another CleanBC Communities Fund project supports Nuxalk Nation’s plan to build a run-of-river hydroelectric plant on the Nooklikonnik Creek that will offset diesel electricity production and provide clean energy for people in the Bella Coola valley. Once complete, the project will reduce approximately 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the plant – roughly equal to taking 68,000 cars off the road for a year.

The Nuxalk Nation project is receiving $1.65 million from the province’s CleanBC Communities Fund and $8.27 million from federal government’s Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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