NewsEnergy plan funding for Vancouver Island First Nations SHARE ON: Marc Mulvaney, contributor, Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 2015 Finding ways to ensure more efficient and sustainable energy use. That is the focus of community energy plans being developed by three Vancouver Island First Nations with support from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.The K’omoks First Nation, near Courtenay, will receive $28,000 to undertake its community energy plan. The plan will help build community awareness and understanding of energy issues and explore options to improve energy efficiency, reduce electricity use and assess potential opportunities for clean energy projects.The Snuneymuxw First Nation, near Nanaimo, will receive $30,000 to undertake an energy and emissions plan for its community. The plan will create awareness in the community of its energy footprint and provide advice to reduce energy use in homes and other buildings. It will also examine how energy efficiency and clean energy generation could be part of future development of band lands.The We Wai Kai Nation near Campbell River, is receiving $30,000 for its community energy plan. The overall goals are to minimize community energy use and reduce energy costs at the band’s cultural centre. Currently, the Nuymbalees Cultural Centre at Cape Mudge, has high power bills that reduce the facility’s net income to the community. Potential clean energy opportunities will also be examined.