FortisBC signs landmark energy agreement with B.C. First Nations Energy and Mining Council

FortisBC signs landmark energy agreement with B.C. First Nations Energy and 
Mining Council 
Agreement expected to strengthen relations, increase energy efficiency with 
B.C. First Nations 
SURREY, BC, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - FortisBC announced it has signed a memorandum 
of understanding (MOU) with the B.C. First Nations Energy and Mining Council 
(FNEMC), making energy self-sufficiency for First Nations communities a 
priority. It is the first time a privately-held energy company has signed such 
an agreement. 
"This is a first-of-its-kind agreement that will strengthen the relationship 
between FortisBC and B.C. First Nations," said Doug Stout, vice president, 
energy solutions and external relations for FortisBC. "It gives us the 
opportunity to work with B.C. First Nations to optimize energy delivery to 
communities throughout the province, resulting in energy efficiency." 
Under the terms of the agreement, the FNEMC and FortisBC agree co-operate to 
develop energy opportunities for B.C. First Nations communities, including 
increasing energy efficiency on First Nation land and paving the way to hire a 
certified energy auditor to assist communities with energy efficiency 
programs. Approximately $100,000 annually will be earmarked to go toward 
conservation efforts. 
"We are very excited to be working with FortisBC, since this is the first time 
B.C. First Nations have signed an agreement with a private energy company." 
said Dave Porter, chief executive officer for First Nations Energy and the 
Mining Council. "This is an empowering agreement that will further the 
opportunities for First Nations in B.C." 
Major highlights of the agreement include: 

    --  Open and honest communication throughout all aspects of working
    --  Agreement that the consent of First Nations must be obtained
        before developing projects and activities affecting their
    --  Working with the Canadian and B.C. governments to develop
        policy and implement solutions affecting First Nations' energy
    --  Helping the B.C. government meet its environmental and energy
        goals for the future
    --  Monitoring and evaluation energy program and policy
    --  Undertaking First Nations community relations and
        communications programs in order to inform BC First Nation's
        leadership of energy developments

FortisBC and FNEMC's signing of the MOU was a natural next step for the two 
parties. Throughout its projects province-wide, FortisBC develops and builds 
mutually beneficial working relationships with B.C. First Nations communities, 
having previously developed a Statement of Principles for working building 
relationships with Aboriginal peoples.

FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, 
including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. 
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 
1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is 
indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned 
distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated 
hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of 
transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres 
of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., 
FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC 
Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed 
on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional 
information can be accessed at or


Michael Allison Corporate Communications Advisor FortisBC Phone: 604-592-7536


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