Aternative Energy Project Overview


Please also see Action Plans and Final Reports for completed projects.

Regional District Bulkley Nechako Waste to Energy Feasibility Study
2008-2010

Identify opportunities for the Regional District Bulkley Nechako to pursue in managing municipal solid waste generated in the region. A final Implementation Report can be found on the OBAC website.


Green Clean Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool
April 2010 – March 2013

This multi region, multi-agency project had two major objectives: (i) to identify rural business development and labour force opportunities associated with Green Clean Energy development in the interior and (ii) to assist at least three small MPB “at?risk” communities to develop a full Business Plan to take implement a Green Clean Energy project in their region. http://www.ruralbcgreenenergy.com/

Alternative Energy

  • Recommendation 2: Conduct research on alternative energy opportunities and make relevant information readily available to industry and government decision makers.
  • Recommendation 3: Provide “Leadership by Example” alternative energy programs and initiatives at federal, provincial, and local government levels.

Forestry

  • Recommendation 2: Ensure that the forest sector remains a strong economic contributor to the region.
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Valemount Green Heat Study

This project determined how the Village could create a Corporation to utilize the excess heat from the proposed GeoPower project that was proposed by Borealis GeoPower. Borealis GeoPower was exploring the possibility of creating Hydro power by utilizing the local hot springs in the area. They had indicated they would be willing to sell the excess heat to the Village which could be utilized for economic development purposes for the area.
In 2014 Valemount’s Council worked with private partners, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, with federal and provincial agencies such as the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia Basin Trust, and Geoscience BC to work to overcome some of the obstacles that were preventing financial investments in this clean and renewable energy source.

Wood Waste to Heat in Rural Communities

The goal of the Wood Waste to Heat Project was to create opportunity for wood waste to be used in a more effective and environmentally appropriate manner while at the same time creating new and more environmentally appropriate heating systems (i.e. reducing greenhouse gases).

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FINAL Report Submitted by the Community Futures East Kootenay - Click Here

The Village of Telkwa Green Energy Project

The Green Energy Project was designed to develop and circulate new information and tools that would assist rural communities and First Nations in exploring the economic opportunities around green energy development. The multi-year project completed case studies on successful green energy projects and developed and circulated information and tools that helped assist rural communities and First Nations in developing Green Energy projects.


(COMPLETED) Burns Lake Bio-energy Pilot Project
October 2010 – August 2011

The purpose of the project was to assist the Village of Burns to develop engineering and construction design work for a community heating system that will utilize pellets or waste woo and to promote the expansion of bio?energy projects in the OBAC region.

Growth of the alternative energy sector is a strategic priority for the province and the region. The options, feasibility, technologies and programs impacting the development of the industry are varied and complex. A number of government and non?government organizations are active in the sector. In this region, the bio?energy sub?sector is particularly active because of the connection to utilization of beetle?killed timber.

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(COMPLETED) Bioenergy for the Municipality of Granisle
January 2012 – June 2012

The intent of the Bioenergy for the Municipality of Granisle project was to assess Granisle's carbon footprint and to seek opportunities to reduce carbon emissions resulting in clean air using of alternative green energy.

  • Objective 1: Meet a significant portion of regional energy needs from alternative energy sources in order to reduce or eliminate dependence on imported fossil fuels for heat and power generation and to retain wealth generated from energy related products and services in the region
  • Objective 6: Contribute to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels,
    • Recommendation 3: Provide ‘leadership by example’ alternatives energy programs and initiatives at federal, provincial, and local level government levels.

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(COMPLETED) Granisle Fire Department Biomass Furnace
January 2012 – January 2013

The Granisle Fire Department installed a bio-burner furnace in the Granisle Fire Hall with the intention to use this installation as a village-level opportunity to educate and inform local residents about this alternative energy option (how it works, how it limits the use of propane, how it saves money etc.)

  • Recommendation 2: Conduct research on alternative energy opportunities and make relevant information readily available to industry and government decision makers.
  • Recommendation 3: Provide “Leadership by Example” alternative energy programs and initiatives at federal, provincial, and local government levels.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase the regional use of alternate energy systems in order to provide overall economic, social, and environmental benefits.

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FINAL Report Submitted by the Village of Granisle - Click Here 


 

Houston Geothermal Project
August 2012 – December 2014

The goal of the Houston Geothermal Project was to complete a one-year study process that will determine the capacity of the existing District of Houston geothermal system to accommodate additional loads. The project had several setbacks and received two extensions.

  • Objective 1: Meet a significant proportion of the region’s energy needs from alternative energy sources in order to reduce or eliminate dependence on imported fossil fuels for heating and power generation, and to retain wealth generated from energy related products and services in the region.
    • Analyze each community’s energy demand profile and the special arrangement of the loads; identify demand clusters where buildings have compatible load profiles. Install energy systems where feasible.
  • Objective 6 - Contribute to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

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UNBC Bioenergy Expansion
January 2013

In the University Plan that was created in 2010, UNBC identified a goal to be a leader in renewable energy. As Canada's Green University, the opportunity exists to utilize the campus as a demonstration site for energy technologies that can be integrated with teaching, research, food production, housing, and public education - all mobilized to enhance deployment of appropriate energy technology in northern and rural communities.


Alternative Energy Sector Strategy

  • Recommendation 1: Remove impediments to the flow of wood fibre and other fibrous fuels to biomass energy projects.
  • Recommendation 2: Conduct research on alternative energy opportunities and make relevant information readily available to industry and government decision makers.
  • Recommendation 3: Provide ‘Leadership by Example’ alternative energy programs and initiatives at federal, provincial, and local government levels.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase the regional use of alternative energy systems in order to provide overall economic, social, and environmental benefits.
  • Recommendation 5: Provide training and certification for installation and systems operation to help build regional expertise in alternative energy.

Future Forest and Fibre Use Sector Strategy

  • Recommendation 2: Ensure that the forest sector remains a strong economic contributor to the region.
  • Recommendation 3: Recognize the pine beetle killed stands as a valuable asset which should be used to full potential before their commercial value is depleted.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase awareness and understanding of the long-term viability of the forest sector.