The provincial government and BC Hydro have entered into a new Public Sector Energy Conservation Agreement to decrease electricity consumption in public sector buildings. The agreement will be in effect from 2008 through 2020 and applies to provincial government office buildings, Crown corporations, schools, universities, colleges, hospitals and social housing. Approximately $200 million will be invested in new technology, energy innovation and retrofits over the next 12 years. .
The agreement outlines specific targets that must be achieved in 2011, 2016 and 2020. The graph below shows what those targets mean for Kwantlen:
2006 – Baseline
2011 – 5% reduction
2016 – 14% reduction
2020 – 20% reduction
We’re currently rethinking the way we use electricity, with the goal of finding creative ways to reduce our consumption. Over the past 15 years, Kwantlen has done a great job at reducing Electricity Intensity - our electricity consumption per building area. In other words, we’re getting more efficient with electricity use. However, the PSECA states that we need to reduce total electricity consumption despite campus growth. Kwantlen now has the challenge of becoming even more efficient with electricity use, as we still continue growing as a university.