Province orders Nova Scotia Power to use biomass to generate electricity

By Michael Gorman
CBC News
December 19, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Nova Scotia Power will use more biomass to generate electricity for the next three years, under regulatory changes by the province that are angering environmentalists and being lauded by the forestry industry. The changes to renewable electricity regulations in the Electricity Act that were announced Monday call for the utility to purchase 135,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy in 2023, 2024 and 2025, which is all but certain to come from biomass. …”This is just a really terrible announcement for the environment,” said the Ecology Action Centre’s Ray Plourde. …Plourde pointed to a recent decision by the government of Australia to no longer consider electricity generated by biomass as renewable energy. …But Natural Resources Minister Tory Rushton said sawmills around the province have lots of wood chips and other byproducts from forestry operations that can be used to meet the new requirements. The regulations prohibit cutting whole trees to generate electricity.

Also in the Halifax Examiner: Nova Scotia amps up burning of biomass for electricity

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