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CHP developer sought for remote community

Sept. 1, 2011, Vancouver – BC Bioenergy Network is inviting technology developers to submit an expression of interest for woody biomass combined heat and power technologies suitable for remote communities.


September 1, 2011
By BC Bioenergy Network

Sept. 1, 2011, Vancouver – BC Bioenergy
Network is inviting technology developers to submit an expression of interest
for woody biomass combined heat and power (CHP) technologies suitable for
remote communities. BC Bioenergy Network is acting on behalf of the Kwadacha
First Nation located in Fort Ware, British Columbia. The Kwadacha village is a
remote community, not connected to the province's electricity grid or a natural
gas pipeline. The community is currently electrified using diesel generators
and is heated using cordwood, propane, and baseboard electrical heaters.

"We are pleased that BC Bioenergy
Network is leading this project, as we are very interested in producing heat
and power for our village using woody biomass on an environmentally sustainable
basis," says Chief of the Kwadacha First Nation, Donny Van
Somer. "We hope this brings jobs to our village while improving the
environment, which adds to the pride of our community." 

BC Bioenergy Network is a not-for-profit
funding agency created by the BC Government in 2008 that acts as a catalyst for
deploying near-term bioenergy technologies and research. "There are over
60 remote communities in BC using fossil fuels for electricity generation and
heating," notes Michael Weedon, executive director of BC Bioenergy
Network. "We are driving the project with the Kwadacha First Nation to
create a successful example that can be replicated by other remote communities."

BC Bioenergy Network partners with the
Kwadacha First Nation, the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council, the BC
First Nations Forestry Council, FPInnovations, and BERC to assist with the
project. The request for expressions of interest was developed by the Biomass
Energy Resource Center from Montpelier, Vermont, an independent, non-profit
organization that assists communities, colleges and universities, state and
local governments, businesses, utilities, schools, and others in making the most
of their local biomass energy resources.

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Applications

Potential applicants are requested to visit
www.bcbid.ca to retrieve the RFEOI documents and review the schedule. BC
Bioenergy Network will host a webinar in the upcoming weeks to brief interested
parties. Applicants are required to complete the “Intent to bid” form to
formally register their interest by email to Dr. Scott Stanners at
scott.stanners@bcbioenergy.ca by September 19, 2011. Responses to
enquiries will be provided to all registered vendors on October 7, 2011. The
REFOI submission deadline is 17:00 PST, October 31, 2011.


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