B.C. pulp mills asked to reduce power production
By Cindy Macdonald
B.C Hydro spent $17.5 million last year to not buy power from eight producers of biomass energy in the province, according to a story in the Vancouver Sun.
The independent power producers that were asked to limit production are: PGP Bio Energy Project (Canfor Pulp Ltd., Prince George); Armstrong Wood Waste Co-Gen (Tolko Industries Ltd., Armstrong); Powell River Generation (Catalyst Paper, general partnership, Powell River); Cariboo Pulp and Paper (Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company, Quesnel); Harmac Biomass (Nanaimo Forest Products, Nanaimo); Kamloops Green Energy (Domtar Inc., Kamloops); Howe Sound Green Energy (Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation, Port Mellon); NWE Williams Lake WW (Atlantic Power Preferred Equity Ltd., Williams Lake).
According to the Vancouver Sun, Bill Bennett, the minister of energy and mines, said it would have cost B.C. Hydro about $26 million to buy the unneeded power from the biomass projects.
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