VICTORIA – The Premier’s Technology Council has released its tenth report. The report focuses on three areas: clean technology, innovation-commercialization and technology in learning. “The worldwide demand for cleaner, greener products and services, particularly energy, represents a tremendous opportunity for B.C.,” said Greg Peet, co-chair of the Premier’s Technology Council. “We believe this demand can be leveraged to generate growth in a sector where B.C. not only has tremendous resources but is rapidly building expertise.” Clean Technology:

  • Recognizing the true value of our energy resources to support a greater commitment to clean energy, conservation and energy security.
  • Expanding the government’s commitment to energy self-sufficiency to include a power production reserve that addresses seasonal and annual reductions in power production due to climate change, potential increases in power demand for electric vehicles, and other economic development opportunities, including becoming an annual net exporter of clean energy by 2020.
  • Targeted investment in “smart grid” infrastructure design to increase conservation.
  • Greater flexibility in pricing such as time-base rates.
  • A tariff structure that encourages the development of new green energy supplies via appropriate “feed-in” tariffs that decline over time.

Commercialization:

  • Expanding immigration opportunities to attract and train the talent necessary to build a knowledge economy in B.C.
  • Increasing research investment.
  • Developing more capital options for early stage companies.

Learning Technology:

  • Expanding one-to-one computing programs across the province.
  • Piloting a ‘school of the future’ equipped with advanced learning processes and technologies to best use technology to improve education.

The Premier’s Technology Council was established in August 2001 to advise the government on issues related to the advancement and application of technology in British Columbia.