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Biomass power comes in many forms. The most common method is burning wood pellets to create steam to turn a turbine. Wood can also be combined with coal.

Other methods include: 

  • Heating biomass in tanks with no oxygen to create a bio-oil, to then be burned like gasoline
  • Using corn and wheat to create a combustible fuel called biofuel such as ethanol
  • Using bacteria to break down manure and plants like a compost to create a flammable gas, which can be burned to generate power

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Biomass is a renewable source of power that comes from organic materials.

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It’s mostly made by burning wood to heat a boiler. The boiler produces steam to turn a turbine, which creates power.

Dependability

Medium reliability

This energy source provides reliable power to customers depending on the availability of sustainable biomass.

Cost

High cost rating

Biomass is an expensive way to create power.

Emissions

Low environmental impact

With a low impact to the environment, biomass is considered a carbon-neutral energy source.

Now

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There’s currently no biomass generation on the grid.

Future

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We’ve partnered with Meadow Lake Tribal Council to bring 8 MW of biomass power to the province. For updates on this project, please visit the project page.

We’ll continue to explore other opportunities for biomass projects in the province.

Watch the video below to learn more about Biomass.

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