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PEI public buildings to get biomass heat
The province of Prince Edward Island has accepted two proposals to supply biomass-based heat for five public buildings.


October 12, 2010
By PEI Ministry of Environment Energy and Forestry

Oct. 12,
2010, Charlottetown – The province of Prince Edward Island has accepted two
proposals to supply biomass-based heat for five public buildings. Atlantic
Bioheat will supply biomass-based heat to M. E. Callaghan and Hernewood junior
high schools. Wood4heating will supply biomass-derived heat to Three Oaks High
School, Bluefield High School, and O’Leary Community Hospital. The contractors
are responsible for the capital costs of installing and operating the heating
units.

Demonstrating
biomass technologies in public buildings is a recommendation contained in both
the Prince Edward Island Energy Strategy and the Climate Change Strategy.
Developing biomass heating pilot projects is also a recommendation of the
Environmental Advisory Council and the Public Forest Council Joint Working
Group on Biomass Heat.

Forest
feedstock used to produce biomass heat must be harvested in a sustainable
manner from woodlots with a registered forest management plan. Forestry
products used to produce biomass heat include firewood, wood chips, and
sawdust. The contractors are required to use local resources and create local
expertise with biomass.

Environment,
Energy, and Forestry Minister Richard Brown says that the provincial government
will consider further expansion of biomass-heating projects in the future.

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