Bert Bowes students impress City with 100-year energy plan

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Bert Bowes Junior Secondary School students have been working hard to present a 100-year energy plan for Fort St. John, and presented that plan to Council on Monday afternoon.

Susan McGarvey with NEAT said the project is partnership with TransCanada to get students engaged in saving energy.

“We tasked the classes to get into groups, and to develop a 100-year plan for Fort St. John’s energy security,” she said.

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Kaitlyn Freer, a Grade 9 teacher at the school, brought students from one of her participating classes to present their plan.

The students outline in their researched presentation, called ‘Road to the Future of Electricity,’ that it is important for people to know where their energy comes from because it could be harming the environment, and acknowledge that having a mix of energy sources is crucial in the event that one fails.

From there, they chose three main sources of energy: Macro-Hydro, Wind, and Solar Photovoltaic energy.


The group presented the pros and cons of each option. They cite the pros of all three sources as renewable energy, and being friendly to the environment.

Finally, upon presentation of their supply vs. demand of energy, they found that their cited energy sounds in the region — including all three dams of the B.C. Peace River and the wind farms in Tumbler Ridge and at Bear Mountain — would provide enough energy if our population grew at the rate it is currently.

Mayor Lori Ackerman called the presentation ‘remarkable,’ and asked that the students keep researching energy — one way they can, she said, is stopping by the Passive House on 94 street.

“Fort St. John is B.C.’s energy capital,” she said, saying that the region utilizes every type of energy but tidal power.


“We believe that energy is not just a commodity, but a responsibility.”

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