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May 6, 2022, 9:05 am

City of Trail Says Yes to 100% Renewable Energy Transition

City of Trail
TRAIL - On Monday, April 25, Trail City Council unanimously voted to transition to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050. Trail joins 12 other communities in the Kootenay region to commit to taking meaningful action for a healthy, safe, and secure community.

“This is a very important step for Trail, and all communities,” says Mayor Lisa Pasin. “As we experience the effects from extreme changes in our climate, learn more about the environmental and health benefits of renewable energy, and continue to build a strong and sustainable economy, we must evolve and commit to this transition.”

Within the motion, the council directed staff to collaborate with experts and residents, as well as consult the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan and collaborate with the regional local government working group, to develop a transition plan within a year. The transition plan will address the energy transition to clean and renewable sources across energy use in all community sectors including, heating and cooling, transportation, electricity and waste management. 

“We are eager to engage and collaborate with renewable energy experts and the community over the next year,” says Pasin. “Once we identify our priorities, we can begin to incorporate the plans into the city’s strategic priorities.” 

The West Kootenay EcoSociety presented to council in March about the opportunities to say yes to the clean energy transition and collaborate with other local governments who developed the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan, released in 2020. 

“It’s been a wonderful experience for our team to have over 1000 conversations with Trail residents,” says West Kootenay EcoSociety’s executive director, Montana Burgess. “People want to learn about real climate solutions. It’s already started in Trail, and residents want a 100% renewable energy transition right here in their city.”

In the face of more climate impacts, like wildfire smoke and extreme heat, Trail joins with Golden, Creston, and Fruitvale, who also joined the 100% renewable energy transition local government efforts in 2021, and Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan, Rossland, Warfield and the Regional District of Central Kootenay who developed the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan, to work together for rural and small-town communities to maintain health, safety, and security in the clean energy transition.

About

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. 

Trail is a unique and culturally rich West Kootenay town situated on the Columbia River with a population of 8,300. Trail offers outstanding recreational facilities, an abundance of outdoor activities, an active arts and culture community, and a variety of service clubs and organizations. 

For more information, contact:     

Lisa Pasin, Mayor
City of Trail
email
Phone: (250) 364-0804
www.trail.ca   

Montana Burgess, Executive Director
West Kootenay EcoSociety
email
Cell: (250) 509-0184
www.renewablekootenays.ca

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