Canadian Firm to Build 25 MW Wood Waste Power Plant

One of the major renewable energy companies in Canada will build a 25 MW power facility that is powered by wood residue.

TORONTO, Ontario, CA, 2001-09-08 [SolarAccess.com] One of the major renewable energy companies in Canada will build a 25 MW power facility that is powered by wood residue. Canadian Gas & Electric Inc. will build the facility next to the Canadian Forest Products (Canfor) lumber mill in Grande Prairie, in Alberta. The facility will produce electrical and steam energy from wood waste that currently is incinerated. Canfor will utilize 40 percent of the energy at its Alberta operations, with the balance being sold to other customers and on the spot market in the province’s deregulated energy market. Canadian Gas & Electric is a subsidiary of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., which owns eleven power stations that generate 60 MW of electricity from wind and small hydro sites. The company also operates some gas-fired facilities. “This showcase facility will provide a long term stable energy supply to Canfor for its Alberta operations,” says CG&E President Guido Bachmann. “The project will have a major economic impact on the city of Grande Prairie through the creation of over jobs and there is also the potential to develop a unique opportunity to provide district heating for local buildings.” Canfor says the project eliminates the cost of disposing of the wood waste and creates value for the company in the form of needed energy which will help further reduce and stabilize operating costs. Subject to financing and permit approval, construction will be completed by late next 2001.
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