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Affordable and Clean Energy

Sustainable Development Goal: To ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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The world is making progress towards Goal 7, with encouraging signs that energy is becoming more sustainable and widely available. Access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector.


Nevertheless, more focused attention is needed to improve access to clean and safe cooking fuels and technologies for 3 billion people, to expand the use of renewable energy beyond the electricity sector, and to increase electrification in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Energy Progress Report provides global dashboard to register progress on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. It assesses the progress made by each country on these three pillars and provides a snapshot of how far we are from achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals targets." - UN Sustainable Development Goals/ Energy

What the community of Klemtu is doing to support this initiative


The Kitasoo Hydropower Project services the Kitasoo-Xai’xais First Nation community of Klemtu in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Upgrades to existing infrastructure, including active storage at Baron Lake, will allow for greater power output from the facility. Increasing renewable energy generation reduces the diesel-dependency of the community and supports population growth and economic opportunities. The Kitasoo and Xai’xais people are committed to pursuing economic development opportunities that sustain the Klemtu community while protecting and enhancing the Kitasoo-Xai’xais culture and heritage.

 

The remote coastal community of Klemtu, B.C., has been granted $4.6 million to transition from diesel to hydroelectric power.


The Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation is receiving the funding through the province's Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) program to modernize the Baron Lake hydroelectric power facility.

Klemtu, which is only accessible by boat or plane, currently generates a significant amount of its power through diesel.



Kitasoo/Xai'xais Chief Councillor Roxanne Robinson said the upgrades will save money for the community, which will go toward a wastewater treatment plant, a larger water treatment facility, a new community hall and a new subdivision.

"We are proud to be able to transition into a greener, more environmentally friendly community and look forward to the new opportunities that this project will bring to our community," she said in a news release.

The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon emissions in Klemtu by about 11,160 tonnes over the hydropower facility's operating life.