The goal of achieving 100% renewable energy is spreading across the West Kootenays. Warfield Village Council voted last night to join the growing number of municipalities who are committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050.

The Village of Warfield becomes the eighth local government in the region to make the commitment and joins Castlegar, Silverton, Slocan, New Denver, Rossland, Nelson and the Regional District of Central Kootenay in their commitment to use renewable energy in all energy use in the community, including heating and cooling, transportation, electricity and waste management. 

A few months ago Councillor Cyra Yunwks approached us about how to bring the 100% renewable energy campaign forward with her Warfield council. Last night, we asked the village to support the renewable energy transition and outlined the benefits of the clean energy process prior to the vote. And they said yes!

This is the second time in less than a month that 100% renewable energy has been passed by a local government in the West Kootenays. On November 18 it was Castlegar, and last night Warfield. On behalf of the dozens of volunteers who worked on this campaign, we are so happy the resolution passed.

We’re so proud to be supporting these local governments in our region that have said yes to the 100% renewable energy transition by helping develop a West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan to achieve the clean energy transition while building stronger communities. The plan is set to be released in 2020 with opportunities for you to provide your input starting in January. 

In Canada, 16 local governments – including now eight here in the West Kootenay – in BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario and PEI have committed to 100% renewable energy, along with over 100 in the US and over 150 others around the world. This movement is growing!