British Columbia is expanding a program called Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat that helps turn wood waste into heat for buildings and homes in rural communities in the province’s interior.
A total of $240,000 will be invested in over two years in the Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat project. $50,000 will be coming from the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The provincial government is partnering with:
- Columbia Basin Trust (donated $60,000 to the program)
- Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (donated $60,000 to the program)
- Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (donated $36,000 to the program)
- Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (donated $35,000 to the program)
Rural British Columbia has a reliable fuel supply of wood waste produced by ecosystem restoration projects, community forests, woodlots and other small tenure holders. Converted into pellets and chips, this woody biomass can power heating projects for smaller communities and businesses, a practice that has been hugely successful in Europe, most notably throughout Austria.
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