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FUTURE Nigel Protter, CEO of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA), talks to Sustainable Business Magazine about how they’re helping British Columbia build a clean and sustainable future. By Thomas Massey. The British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA), a non-profit organization, tasks itself with ensuring that citizens of British Columbia have access to information about and regulatory intervention over sustainable sources of energy and energy efficiency. The BCSEA was founded in 2004, during the height of the global peak oil crisis. Nigel Protter, CEO of the BCSEA, explains that the threat of peak oil meant an increase

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in research and investment into alternative energy sources. “In 2004 the world was running out of oil, it was peak oil, and there was a pretty strong economy. During that time, governments all over the world were investing a lot of money into renewables and energy efficiency. A lot of renewables were starting to be competitive with fossil fuels and governments wanted to head off the threat of peak oil and hedge against it.”

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