Increased carbon reduction target bodes well for carbon credit pricing in BC

Accelerating action on climate change is increasing the market value of carbon credits. Fortunately, coal is not burned in BC’s hydro dominated electrical grid.

Since 2008, British Columbia has had carbon credit trading legislation that enables transportation fuel providers to purchase carbon credit generators to make up shortfalls of legislated carbon intensity reductions. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard was originally set to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 20% between 2010 and 2030. On December 20, 2022, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation announced a change in the Regulations that accelerates annual carbon intensity reduction targets effective January 1, 2023.

The 20% carbon intensity reduction target has now been set to 30%

How Strata Condominiums and Rental Apartment Properties can benefit from installing EV Charging

Regulation changes in the Fall of 2021 enabled most Multi Unit Residential Buildings to earn carbon credits by charging electric cars.

As it turns out these carbon credits have become quite valuable – much more than the cost of electricity, and as EV adoption increases, a significant income stream that cannot be ignored.

As each annual reduction of intensity takes effect on January 1st, fossil fuel providers must ensure they have achieved enough reduction in carbon intensity, or purchase additional credits to meet the regulation. As a result the value of these credits has risen steadily as transportation fuel producers continue to sell gasoline or diesel. EV charging will grow the supply of credits to this market, but the new 30% reduction target will also bolster demand. In the meantime, building owners installing EV charging infrastructure can reap the benefits of reducing carbon emissions through the growing fleet of electric vehicles, not to mention the financial and performance benefits of driving EVs in the first place.

BC LCFS carbon credits have risen in value and volumes in the past two years. Now with a 30% reduction in carbon intensity, demand for credits, and prices should remain buoyant.

Electric Advantage offers carbon credit administration services bundled with annual reviews of EV charging operations to ensure your organization has optimal policies to obtain maximum value from your investment in EV charging infrastructure.

British Columbia Incentives Line Up!

BC leads the country in progressive EV policy. Why do I know? I was an advocate behind them.

Charging your electric car from home is the reason to buy one. Never again do you have to alter your destination course simply to refuel your vehicle. The paradigm completely changes. Typically automobiles are parked for 95% of the time, so it makes sense to charge when they are parked and you are doing other things. Most of the time they are parked at home.

Installing EV charging in single family homes are relatively easy. For MURBs (Multi Unit Residential Buildings) infrastructure is harder to retrofit, and has to conform to decisions made long ago, and by a collaboration of people. Most buildings built before 2020 do not have charging infrastructure, and those are the majority.

Across Canada, 30% of people live in MURBs. 40% in BC, and in the City of Vancouver closer to 60%. That’s a significant part of the EV purchasing public.

The BC Provincial government followed recommendations from organizations like the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, and others, who realized best practices for upgrading infrastructure is to build it all at once to a coherent plan. EV Ready and EV Infrastructure grants are based on ensuring that all suites of a MURB have at least one outlet from which to attach an EV charge station. This creates equity for all, and it is the most cost efficient method to retrofit in the long run.

The Federal government, through Natural Resources Canada has grants from time to time on infrastructure, and the summer of 2022 was one such time. Combining BC and Federal grants can cover up to 75% of project costs.

The third layer of incentives for MURB EV Charging, is carbon credits. A change in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations in 2021 enabled MURBs to generate carbon credits for all electricity charging EVs. Effective January 1st this regulation took effect, and with the current transfer pricing of carbon credits, this is a substantial cash flow for those who invest in EV charging for their buildings.

If you have MURB buildings at this time EV charging projects will provide the best return on investment over anything else. Electric Advantage can provide advisory services to help you achieve optimal, successful outcomes. The next federal grant RFP application window is coming up in January 2023.

Contact us before February 15th for the spring of 2023 application window.