Ecotrust Canada launches campaign to help Indigenous Communities reduce cost of hydro

Divya Gill

A Canadian Charity, Ecotrust Canada had launched a campaign on April 29th to protect basic energy access for the residents in BC and to protect them during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Energy Initiative Director for Ecotrust Canada Graham Anderson talks about the importance of this new campaign "the community energy initiative at Ecotrust Canada, our goal is to advance energy security for all BC  remote communities  across the province that are affected some of the highest  household energy expenses."

With restrictions slowly being lifted across the province, Anderson hope the government can continue helping remote communities by reducing the cost of electricity.

Anderson said because of the dependency on diesel for electricity household energy costs around forty-five hundred dollars annually and BC Hydro rates are twenty to forty per cent higher for customers in the Northwest like Haida Gwaii.

Eco Trust Canada hopes to continue helping first nation communities with electricity efficiency across Northern BC but is asking locals to help them spread the concern. The charity is encouraging residents to write letters to their local MLA's  and  have the province to approve Emergency bill relief to all who need it. Eliminating late payment charges, and extend utility disconnection bans to at least 2021. 

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