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WPAC: to lower GHG emissions, BC should prioritize solid biofuels for heat

Canadian Biomass Summary In 2018, the Government of British Columbia released its Clean Energy Plan, promising to create opportunities for all while protecting the province’s clean air, land and water. Remarkably, the plan gives almost no consideration of forest-based bioenergy. Nevertheless...

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BCUC Establishes Process for Inquiry into the Regulation of Municipal Energy Utilities

British Columbia Utilities Commission, Globe Newswire Summary VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- By Order G-177-19 , dated August 1, 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has established an inquiry to examine the regulation of energy...

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Inside Fink Machine's district energy system in Enderby, BC

Maria Church, Canadian Biomass Summary Canadian Biomass stopped by Fink Machine in Enderby, B.C., where a biomass-fuelled district energy system has been supplying heat to local government and commercial buildings since 2012. Owner Burkhard Fink gave us a great tour: Full...

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Exploring a sustainability transformation in an island city with The City of Richmond

Sean Galea-Pace, Chief Sustainability Officer Summary Mayor Malcolm Brodie of the City of Richmond, British Columbia, and City staff, Peter Russell, Senior Manager of Sustainability, and Alen Postolka, District Energy Manager, discuss how the City's climate actions are transforming Richmond...

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Division 15 Mechanical making a name for itself with district energy systems

Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce Summary Division 115 Mechanical Ltd. is a Surrey, B.C.-based company that provides design-build, design-assist and construction services for mechanical systems in British Columbia. The company is also making a name for itself as a specialist in...

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Canada invests $525,000 into Indigenous biomass projects

Bioenergy Insight Summary Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, announced a $589,629 (€518,599) investment in three Indigenous projects in British Columbia to create jobs and boost local economies. The release was published on news outlet Cision . Two of these...

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District of Sicamous and Federal government come to terms on biomass heater grant

Jim Elliot, Salmon Arm Observers Summary The District of Sicamous is looking to turn forest fuels into a modern heating solution. At their Jan. 16 meeting, district council agreed to include $500,000 in the budget to help this vision become reality. The district initially applied for...

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BC Bioenergy Network Hydrogen Request For Proposal

Summary The B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (Ministry) and BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) are exploring opportunities to decarbonize the B.C. economy. Within that objective, the Ministry and BCBN are interested in building a vibrant and robust hydrogen economy in the...

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DES details still need ironing out

Brandon Barrett, Pique Photo Courtesy of the Whistler Housing Authority Summary Following countless hours of negotiations with the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), to say that Tony Routley was relieved to hear that council had agreed to lend $870,000 to help Cheakamus Crossing...

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SFU energy engineering building a fast-track ‘miracle’

Jean Sorensen, Journal of Commerce JEAN SORENSEN — The Bird Construction-built Simon Fraser University SE3P building utilizes concrete slab construction and precast decorative panels to create an eye-catching landmark at Surrey city centre. With the support of the city, it rose out of the...