CMFN releases community bioenergy guide

The last five years have been difficult ones for the forest industry in Canada and the rural communities it supports. A combination of high energy costs, the decline in the global economy, increased competition, and weakening demand for traditional commodities (especially newsprint), have all conspired to create challenges like no other period in the industry’s history. Indicators point toward a continuation of this trend, although new opportunities for industry diversification are beginning to emerge. 

Communities are looking for mechanisms to reduce energy costs, foster a thriving forest sector and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Most communities have heard about bioenergy, and the use of biofeed stock has been growing steadily in response to concerns over global and local energy security and climate change. Woody biomass can be used as an energy feedstock on its own, to generate heat, electricity or biofuels. It can also be used in combination with other energy sources such as coal and natural gas to co-fire for electricity generation.
Biomass Heating & Electricity Production: A Guide for Rural Communities in Canada” is a part of a CMFN project designed to help local community leaders, local businesses and not-for-profits to assess bioenergy options for woody biomass. Outlining bioenergy options, potential challenges, economic feasibility and environmental considerations, the guidebook provides the basic fundamentals of considering a bioenergy project in a rural community.
The guidebook has been launched with the website, designed to provide more detailed information on CMFN bioenergy projects, provincial and national bioenergy policies and cutting-edge bioenergy publications.
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