Biomass electricity 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 ethanol; and
- Using bacteria to break down manure and plants like a compost to create a flammable gas, which can be burned to generate power.
Biomass is a renewable source of power that comes from organic materials.
Most commonly generated by burning wood to heat a boiler. The boiler produces steam to turn a turbine, which creates power.
This energy source provides reliable power to customers.
Biomass is an expensive way to create power.
With a low impact to the environment, biomass produces lower greenhouse gas emissions than other supply options.
Biomass generation could be an option to meet the power demands of the province.
We’ll continue to evaluate biomass as part of our future supply options.