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.