March 19, 2007

BC Hydro seeks EOIs for potential energy-from-wood residue projects

VANCOUVER, BC-In support of British Columbia's new energy plan, BC Hydro has launched its 2007 Bioenergy Call for Power with a request for expressions of interest (EOIs) to assess the potential of using wood fibre for power production. Through these preliminary proposals, BC Hydro hopes to find potential projects that will generate electricity from surplus wood residues such as beetle-killed timber, sawmill residues and logging debris. "Energy production is an innovative way to use mountain pine beetle-damaged timber," said Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman. "It helps to recover the value of the dead wood and creates a viable energy opportunity." BC Hydro CEO Bob Elton pointed out that "Another potential benefit of these bioenergy projects is that they will provide us with firm power which we can schedule to use at times when we most need the electricity."

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