Canadian Biomass Magazine

Biomass heat could provide energy solution in NWT

September 28, 2015
By Andrew Macklin

September 28, 2015 – The President of the North West Territories Biomass Energy Association is calling on the territorial government to put a greater focus on pellet heat as a potential solution for the region’s looming energy crisis.

According to a report from Yellowknife News, Elaine Carr is recommending that the territory spend less time focusing on looking for a solution to the electricity shortage, and more time looking at biomass to solve the shortage in energy for heat.

The territorial government will spend $30 million in extra diesel costs this winter as a result of lower water levels that will produce less electricity for the grid.

According to Carr, approximately 72 per cent of the territory’s energy is used in space heating. That issue could be solved, in part, with the installation of residential pellet heating systems and a wood pellet production industry in the territory.

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