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[NEWS] Two Wood Pellet Plants Open in British Columbia

– July 21, 2016, Bioenergy Insight

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The two plants, located at Fort St. John and Chetwynd, were built at Canfor’s existing sawmills and have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, Prince George Citizen reports.

The Chetwynd plant began operations late last year, while the Fort St. John plant reached full operations earlier this year.

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[NEWS] Canadian Government Provides $76.5 Million for Biomass Project

– July 16, 2016, Renewable Energy from Waste 

WoodsThe Governments of Canada and Quebec will provide $76.5 million in funding to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy Inc., Ontario, Canada, for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honorable Jim Carr and Laurent Lessard, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, made the announcement in Port-Cartier, Quebec.

The Port-Cartier plant is designed to be the first commercial-scale facility of this kind in Quebec. The goal of the project is to convert forest residues into 10,566,882 gallons of renewable fuel oil per year. When upgraded into transportation fuels, this will remove up to 70,000 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions per year. Production of renewable fuel oil is set to begin in 2017.

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[NEWS] “Tons of Potential” for Biomass Energy in Yukon?

– by Sidney Cohen, April 14, 2016, Whitehorse Daily Star

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The Pasloski government must do more to combat climate change, says the NDP environment critic, in light of a report on climate change in the Yukon released in February.

According to the Yukon Climate Change Indicators and Key Factors report authored by John Streicker at Yukon College, the territory’s average annual temperature rose by two degrees in the last 50 years.

That means the territory is warming at twice the rate of the rest of Canada.

Effects of rising temperatures in the North include increasingly severe weather, greater risk of floods and forest fires, infestations of insects and other invasive species and biodiversity loss.

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Feeding the Fire: Biomass and Nova Scotia’s Race for the Bottom

– by Linda Pannozz0, March 4, 2016, Halifax Examiner

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Photo: Jamie Simpson

It all sounded so good.

About a month ago, Nova Scotia Power (NSP) announced that it “set a renewable energy record,” and was moving “toward a lower carbon future.” In 2015 nearly 27 per cent of the electricity generated in the province came from renewable sources – up from only nine per cent eight years ago – and exceeded the legislated requirement of 25 per cent. Most of it came from wind, hydro, and tidal, and about three per cent of all power came from burning biomass – organic material from the forest, the majority in the form of trees. That might not sound like much but as NSP claims to have rapidly transitioned to renewables “faster than any other utility in Canada,” biomass helped it get there.

But as I looked deeper into these numbers and into reports of biomass harvesting ever since the Port Hawkesbury biomass plant opened in 2013, that fuzzy, warm feeling I was getting about using renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and still being able to power my electric milk frother was quickly being replaced by the realization that we’re being fed a bill of goods.

I soon learned that the exercise of meeting targets was more a numbers game — and in this case like shuffling the deck chairs — than an honest attempt at staving off the worst of climate change. I also learned that cutting trees for biomass is part of Nova Scotia’s “renewable energy” bundle into the foreseeable future and is set to increase.

The problem is, calling biomass “renewable” in Nova Scotia is about as inconsistent as giving up liberty for freedom. It’s basically a lie and in the context of how forestry is done in this province it’s about as Orwellian as you can get.

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Canada’s Biofuels Industry Facing Headwinds

– by Ian Bickis, March 8, 2016, Canadian Press

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Canada’s biofuels industry is facing significant headwinds even as interest grows in ways to reduce carbon emissions.

A combination of low oil prices, the end of a biofuels incentive program, continued competition from U.S. imports, lack of infrastructure, and stricter fuel efficiency regulations are all expected to be barriers to growth in the industry.

Production could even go down, with the International Energy Agency predicting in its latest five-year outlook that Canada’s ethanol production will plunge 38 per cent, from about 1.68 billion litres a year in 2015 to around 1.04 billion litres by 2020 because of those headwinds.

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Foresters Target Nova Scotia Biomass Energy Facility With Petition

– February 29, 2016, Chronicle Herald

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A petition against biomass electricity generation is gathering steam, just in time for the annual general meeting of the Forest Professionals of Nova Scotia, set for March 10 and 11 in Truro.

Helga Guderley of Boutiliers Point launched the effort asking the Nova Scotia government to stop cutting down Nova Scotia trees for so-called “green” biomass power generation.

She said 50-60 truckloads of wood are hauled daily to the Point Tupper biomass boiler to produce electricity at an efficiency of 21.5 per cent.

“Yet, at a recent meeting to plan the Canadian Carbon Cutting strategy, Environment Minister (Margaret) Miller announced that Nova Scotia is “greener than the rest”, leading Canadian provinces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Guderley’s petition reads.

She said in addition to damaging habitat and wreaking havoc on nature in general, clear-cutting for biomass energy (wood burned to convert to electricity) has economic implications, figuring in the demise of Finewood Flooring in Cape Breton and Riversbend Flooring in Antigonish and the increasing cost of wood for home heating.

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[EXCLUSIVE] Report: Climate Consequences from Logging Forests for Bioenergy

– by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor

A new report warns of the potential worsening of climate change from logging Canadian forests for electricity and heat, and recommends a “precautionary approach” regarding the expansion of biomass energy.

Forest Biomass Energy Policy in the Maritime Provinces, written by Jamie Simpson for the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based East Coast Environmental Law, evaluates environmental impacts from existing and proposed bioenergy facilities in eastern Canada, with concerns including: inaccurate carbon accounting, an increase in logging, a decrease in forest productivity and soil health, and loss of biodiversity.

Biomass energy is a “polarizing issue,” said Aaron Ward, executive director of East Coast Environmental Law, “compounded by the fact that the public doesn’t have easy access to public information to help educate themselves on the costs and benefits.”

The recent uptick in bioenergy is “driven almost entirely” by policy decisions spurring the development of fossil fuel alternatives, according to the report, with regulations failing to accurately assess environmental tradeoffs.

The report tracks seven biomass power facilities in the Maritime region. Two facilities in Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power Inc., a 60 megawatt facility in Port Hawkesbury, and a 30 megawatt facility in Brooklyn, make up approximately 4% of the province’s electricity. Four biomass power facilities in New Brunswick generate 160 megawatts, while a wood and oil burning facility in Prince Edward Island generates 1.2 megawatts.

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Japan’s Wood Pellet Imports Surge

– January 29, 2016, Argus

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Japanese wood pellet imports reached 232,000t last year, up by 140pc from 97,000t in 2014, data from Japan’s economy, trade and industry ministry showed.

The growing biomass market in Japan is driven by an increase in the number of power plants using woody biomass, including wood pellets, wood chips and waste wood, to generate heat and electricity.

Around 18 dedicated biomass plants with a combined capacity of 282MW became operational in 2015, burning a range of woody biomass fuels. And large power producers have increasingly looked towards co-firing coal with biomass.

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