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FortisBC's plan to keep burning gas 'not equitable,' claims B.C. city

By District Energy posted 08-09-2023 16:25


Richmond News


By September 2022, the City of Richmond noticed something wasn't right — several sections of a study that gauged the feasibility of using gas long into the future had been removed without any explanation. 

Commissioned by FortisBC, the B.C. government and the BC Bioenergy Network, the deleted passages presented the benefits of a counter-narrative in which heat pumps were found to be “six to eight times more efficient than heating with gas.”

Communications obtained by Glacier Media through a freedom of information request showed the full extent of those edits. FortisBC and the other members of the report's steering committee said the passages were removed because they were “out of scope, inaccurate or could not be substantiated by data reviewed during the study.”

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