The government of Canada has issued a set of resource maps showcasing potential locations to develop biomass resources for energy co-generation in the province of New Brunswick.
“Our government is committed to achieving 40 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020, as laid out in the New Brunswick Energy Blueprint,” said Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard.
“By providing these maps, we are working to ensure that communities, developers and industry have the best tools possible when seeking out locations to develop and utilize this resource. These maps will be a huge benefit in helping us reach and promote our renewable energy goals.”
The resources maps are combined into an atlas to show the potential energy represented by the province’s forest.
The atlas and report, Forest Biomass to Energy Atlas of New Brunswick, was produced by the K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton, in partnership with the Department of Energy and Mines, and show the annual potential energy of the forest biomass.
“The forest biomass is an indigenous and renewable resource in New Brunswick, which offers great opportunities for energy production and for economic growth in the province’s rural areas,” said Yves Gagnon, the K.C. Irving Chair.
The data outlines forestry operations that would be available on an annual basis for energy cogeneration. When converted into electricity and heat, the residual biomass and bark could be used to generate 463 MW of electricity and more than 1100 MW of heat, distributed in 17 regions of the province.
The new biomass resource maps complement existing hydro, solar, and wind renewable resource maps and can be viewed, along with the report, on the Canadian Department of Energy and Mines website.
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