Nova Scotia Power imports biomass from Quebec
September 3, 2013, Point Tupper, NS - Local forestry and biomass contractors are annoyed that some of the fibre feeding the new power plant here will be sourced outside the province.
By Scott Jamieson
According to a report in the Chronicle Herald, a barge carrying the equivalent of over 230 tractor-trailer loads of
wood chips has raised the ire of woods contractors on private land in
northern Nova Scotia. The barge, which arrived this week at Nova Scotia Power’s recently
opened Point Tupper biomass-burning electrical generating station, came
Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Neera Ritcey confirmed that 20 per cent
of 670,000 tonnes of biomass to be burned at the 60-megawatt power plant
will come from outside the province.
“The two things we have to make sure of in our biomass procurement is
that it meets regulations related to sustainability and that it comes at
the lowest cost to customers,” said Ritcey. "At this point, it has been deemed that 20 per cent from outside the province is in the best interest to ratepayers.”