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North Coast First Nations get $4 million to transition off diesel energy

 By Kaitlyn Bailey  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Three North Coast communities are moving away from diesel energy after receiving more than $4 million to fund alternative-energy projects, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation announced Jan. 16. In total, the province’s Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program gave 12 First Nations communities across B.C. more than $7 million as part of a CleanBC initiative. The goal of the CEDR program is to reduce diesel consumption for power generation in remote communities by 80 per cent by 2030, Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation stated in the press release about the announcement Jan. 16. Gitga’at First Nation was awarded $2 million for pre-construction and construction activities for a run-of-lake 948-kilowatt hydroelectric generation facility, a press release

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