About Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society
Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA) was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization focused on providing energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and planning services, renewable energy feasibility studies and implementation, and leading community carbon offsetting initiatives through Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM). CEA's innovative not-for-profit approach is focused on finding creative solutions to energy and emissions challenges while maximizing triple bottom line benefits to sustainability partners and the community. Funds generated through CEA's GHG inventory and other revenue-generating sustainability services go to support educational initiatives and a growing list of alternative energy projects and carbon offsetting services that truly demonstrate leadership by example.
Our first and largest alternative energy implementation project to date is the development of a biofuel production and distribution facility at Bing's Creek in partnership with the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op (Co-op) and the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). This facility, along with Co-op biofuel distribution locations and a growing list of community partnerships, is part of a growing British Columbia Biofuels Network initiative (BCBN). In 2011, CEA reached another significant milestone with the completion of a Community Energy Survey, Energy Action Plan and Carbon Footprint Assessment with First Nations partner Cowichan Tribes. CEA’s resume also includes experience with numerous community solar initiatives supported by SolarBC, and ongoing educational events such as hosting the upcoming 2011 Collective Biofuels Conference last held in Washington DC.